Stonehenge solstices go live worldwide

World Jun 22, 2019

Stonehenge solstices go live worldwide

People around the world can now view the movement of the sun and stars over the ancient stone circle at Britain's Stonehenge through a livestream launched on Friday, the summer solstice. The solstice marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and ...

King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand

Asia Pacific May 4, 2019

King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand

King Maha Vajiralongkorn — Rama X of Thailand — was crowned Saturday in a dazzling show of pageantry, laced with Hindu and Buddhist ritual, vowing to reign "with righteousness" on behalf of the Thai people. Starting at the auspicious time of 10:09 a.m., the public ...

Asia Pacific May 4, 2019

Background on the royal instruments for Thai king's coronation

During Thailand's main coronation event for King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday, the monarch was presented with five royal regalia marking the legitimacy of his reign. Historical evidence suggests the tradition dates back to the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767) of Siam, as Thailand was known. The items were ...

Pakistan — the other great home of the bagpipes

Asia Pacific Mar 10, 2019

Pakistan — the other great home of the bagpipes

Umer Farooq's grandfather and father made bagpipes. Now he is the third generation to take up the tradition in Pakistan, which is thousands of kilometers from Scotland yet sells thousands of bagpipes each year. The fresh smell of wood floats through the Mid East factory ...