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Stripping off and jumping into freezing waters is not for everyone, but for some Antarctic expeditioners it is the event of the year. Staff at Australia's Davis research station have cut a hole in the ice and plunged in to celebrate the winter
It may not seem significant in a world where heat and light can be summoned with the flick of a switch. But to ancient societies it was a pivotal time, when people looked forward to the hardships of winter ending and the season of abundance to come.
A phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge" will make its biannual appearance before sunset this evening in New York City. The event occurs when the sun perfectly aligns itself down the middle of any east-west street in Manhattan, bringing people outside
This temple in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan isn't just an architectural marvel. It's also an astronomical time keeper, designed to welcome the sunlight only on certain days of the year. Photo by Poco a poco The city of Petra is known
The Nabateans (Petra's inhabitants) rose and fell in relative obscurity between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century AD. Exploiting the trade between its two neighbours', Rome and Assyria, the Nabateans built the buildings popularised in the film
A woman wearing a feathered Peter Pan hat then asked me, "Are you an Oven Virgin?" Before I could figure out how to respond, she said, "Yes, you definitely are...Before entering the "temple" (actually a large tent), I was blindfolded and taken by the
Kapiti couple Toni Midwinter and Ben Gilpin had chosen to keep their second baby's gender a surprise, but little did they know there was a bigger shock in store. Newborn Miles Gilpin entered the world at the very moment Wellington was struck by
The Pongal festival' is just not about cooking the pongal dish'. A number of rural rituals and beliefs are associated with the occasion. Starting with the day of Bhogi, the four-day festival is meant to discard all that is old and embrace the new.
An opportunity to feel satisfied with your festive lot was provided by Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas , a seasonal special of BBC2's living history series, which gave us the lowdown on how a Tudor farmstead would have celebrated. On the one hand,
55 Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena New Delhi: A day after Christmas, Google has wished its users with a cool doodle on its homepage, which is the third in a row in its happy holidays series. The new doodle has been titled 'Tis the season!' It