Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Far from the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro's famous Sambadrome parades, people in this northeast Brazilian town put a frown on their Carnival celebration.
Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Cologne for its annual Rose Monday parade, the culmination of five days of Carnival festivities that took place amid heightened security following robberies and sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve.
Monday, February 8, 2016
The Mardi Gras season entered its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before its end at midnight Fat Tuesday, when Ash Wednesday ushers in the period of Lent leading to Easter.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey -- the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.
Deep in the heart of Israel's desert, shimmering mountains of glass dominate the landscape.
Even in the city that never sleeps, it's common to see New Yorkers doze off on the subway. But New York City's police commissioner is instructing police officers to wake passengers in an effort to keep them safe.
As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika?
Friday, February 5, 2016
The use of animals to represent a year in a 12-year cycle, now commonly known as the Chinese zodiac, can actually be found in many ancient cultures including China, Egypt, Greece and ancient Babylon. The Chinese Zodiac system is still commonly used in China and some other nations in Asia including Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Mongolia.
The traditional art of the Chinese lion dance is nowhere near perishing in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and basic spa menus to accommodate guests' growing requests to stay healthy while on the road.