Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Jun 21, 2015

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Nine people were arrested as thousands gathered at the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year, British police said Sunday. Around 23,000 people, some with flowers in their hair and playing drums and accordions, showed up at the ...

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Apr 6, 2015

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Gleaming gold watches and smartphones are piled high in a ramshackle Chinese farmhouse — all replicas made of paper and designed to be incinerated, as 21st-century consumerism transforms the age-old market in offerings to ancestors. “Our work is serving the dead,” said Pu Shuzhen, ...

Dec 2, 2014

South Koreans to light new frontline Christmas tree

South Korea said Tuesday it had approved a Christian group’s plan to set up and illuminate a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea in spite of the almost certain fury it will provoke from Pyongyang. South Korea dismantled a 43-year-old frontline ...