KIA ORA – 0690

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Tim the Taniwha – Guardian of the Ocean
A Taniwha is a mythical Maori creature who keeps watch over and protects its who keeps watch over and protects its home and those who live there.

From New Zealand
Travel from May 5 to May 21 (2015)
Thanks Tianyi Shi !

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NAMIBIAN CULTURAL _ 0645

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The Himba man will tie the cow’s hind legs with the leather strap while milking.

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From Finland
Travel from Jan 08 to Jan 17
Thanks Hanna !

 

HAVANA’S CATHEDRAL _ 0558

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The Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception is one of eleven Roman Catholic cathedrals on the island of Cuba. Located in the Plaza de la Catedral, the Havana Cathedral is found in the center of Old Havana. This thirty-four by thirty-five meter rectangle church serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana which overlooks 7,542 square kilometers of the island and 2,821,000 Catholics.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Cuba
Travel from Mar 19 to June 20
Thanks Ana  !

AZTEC CALENDAR _ 0539

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The Aztec calendar is the calendar system that was used by the Aztecs as well as other Pre-Columbian peoples of central Mexico. It is one of the Mesoamerican calendars, sharing the basic structure of calendars from throughout ancient Mesoamerica.
The calendar consisted of a 365-day calendar cycle called xiuhpohualli (year count) and a 260-day ritual cycle called tonalpohualli (day count). These two cycles together formed a 52-year “century,” sometimes called the “calendar round”. The xiuhpohualli is considered to be the agricultural calendar, since it is based on the sun, and the tonalpohualli is considered to be the sacred calendar.
The calendric year may have begun at some point in the distant past with the first appearance of the Pleiades (Tianquiztli) asterism in the east immediately before the dawn light.[1] (See heliacal rising.) But due to the precession of the Earth’s axis, it fell out of favor to a more constant reference point such as a solstice or equinox. Early Spanish chroniclers recorded it being celebrated in proximity with the Spring equinox.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Mexico
Travel from May 6 to Mar 23
Thanks Lando !

TRIBAL LIFE (SOUTH AFRICA) _ 0537

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Zulu beadwork holds messages in its intricate and colorful designs.

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 30 to May 22
Thanks Mr Ernie !

GRENEDA SPICE MAS FESTIVAL _ 0524

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The premier cultural event, ‘Spice Mas’ is Grenadian expression in all its glory, climaxing during the second Monday and Tuesday in August, this annual event with multiple activities takes months of planning and coordination. Brimming with pageantry and expression linked to our African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colourful, humorous and full of surprises. Calypsonians, steel pan orchestras, beauty contestants, ‘fancy mas’ bands and others perform and parade to compete for Carnival honours. Grenadians gather to watch, participate and enjoy. Many take on disguises in the costumes of ‘Shortknee’ and ‘Jab Jab’ players…
See more at: http://www.grenadagrenadines.com

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From Grenada
Travel from April 20 to May 16
Thanks Rondell !

BURUNDI (SOURCE OF THE NILE) _ 0520

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 Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa.
The Twa, Hutu and Tutsi peoples have lived in Burundi for at least five hundred years and, for over two hundred years, Burundi was ruled as a kingdom. At the beginning of the twentieth century, however, Germany and Belgium occupied the region and Burundi and Rwanda became a European colony known as Ruanda-Urundi. Social differences between the Tutsi and Hutu have since contributed to political unrest in the region, leading to civil war in the middle of the twentieth century. Presently, Burundi is governed as a presidential representative democratic republic.
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From Burundi
Travel from April 22 to May 26
Thanks Maick !

BURANO _ 0517

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Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy; like Venice itself, it could more correctly be called an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges. It is situated near Torcello at the northern end of the Lagoon, and is known for its lacework and brightly coloured homes.
The island was probably settled by the Romans, and in the 6th century was occupied by people from Altino, who named it for one of the gates of their former city. Two stories are attributed to how the city obtained its name. One is that it was initially founded by the Buriana family, and another is that the first settlers of Burano came from the small island of Buranello, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) to the south.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Italy
Travel from May 6 to May 16
Thanks Anna !

AFRICAN LIFE _ 0516

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Maidens at an authentic Zulu Kraal, with its “fence” of broken branches, stir the village meal in large three-legged iron pots
The Zulu are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa and the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10–11 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Small numbers also live in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Their language, Zulu, is a Bantu language; more specifically, part of the Nguni subgroup. They remain today the most numerous ethnic group in South Africa.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

 

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 30 to May 22
Thanks Mr Ernie !

REIMS CATHEDRAL _ 0515

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Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims) is the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims, where the kings of France were crowned. The cathedral replaced an older church, destroyed by fire in 1211, that was built on the site of the basilica where Clovis was baptized by Saint Remi, bishop of Reims, in AD 496. That original structure had itself been erected on the site of some Roman baths. A major tourism destination, the cathedral receives about one million visitors annually.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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From France
Travel from April 30 to May 16
Thank you Mariel !

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No.53 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

GOMBEY DANCER (BERMUDA) _ 0514

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The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, this folklife tradition reflecting the island’s blend of African, indigenous peoples, Caribbean and British cultures, incorporating them over time into a unique performance art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming.
Dancers are usually male, and perform in groups of 10-30[1] though in modern times female groups have emerged. The traditions have been passed down orally from one generation to the next within families and the Captains of each troupe determine the direction of the troupe and style that is taught. Thus within troupes there can be found subtle but distinct differences in beats, dances, costumes, headdresses, by which they can each be recognized.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Bermuda
Travel from April 29 to May 14
Thank you so much Denise !

HISTORIC SANCTUARY OF MACHU PICCHU _ 0490

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Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
http://whc.unesco.org/

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From Lima, Peru
Travel from April 16 to May 13
Thanks Marcos !

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No.52 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)