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The little village of Nagoro, deep in the valleys of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, is known around the world today as the Village of the Dolls. These dolls are called kakashi or scarecrows in Japanese, but their purpose is to combat loneliness rather than bird pests. As the population of Nagoro declined precipitately, an elderly […]

Protection and Healing   In various cultures, Bodhi seeds are seen as more than accessories; they are spiritual guardians. They deflect negativity, creating a sanctuary for the wearer. These seeds also act as catalysts for inner balance and enduring well-being, making them valued companions on the spiritual journey.  

On the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea, there are more than a thousand of them.  For a long time, the most photogenic symbol of this Mediterranean country was Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brač. This golden cape is a true shape-shifter. The tip of its 500-meter-long pebble tongue constantly moves under the influence of winds, waves, and […]

Every year when the winter comes, the pristine waters the meandering of Torne River slow down and freeze into ice. On one chilly day in 1989, the first ever Icehotel was hand-sculpted out of these massive ice blocks harvested from this very river running alongside. Today, over three decades later, Icehotel has become a must-visit […]

Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. Christmas is […]

Annual Est. Earnings: $17.5M Number of Followers: 148.7M Charli D’Amelio tops the list as the highest-paid TikTok influencer of 2022. Forbes has included her twice in a row in their list of the Top 7 Highest Paid TikTok Stars. She started posting dance videos on TikTok in June 2019 which soon went viral. Since then, she went […]

A total of 25,000 volunteers lit 22,23 lakh ‘diyas’ (earthen lamps) at the 51 ghats of Ram Ki Paidi along the river; this is 6.47 lakh more than last year. More than 22 lakh diyas were lit up on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya during the seventh edition of the Deepotsav on […]

Tanghulu is a popular candied fruit snack popular throughout northern China. This Chinese street food is different from a traditional candied fruit. Instead of a soft candied fruit, the hardened sugar syrup creates a hard crunchy shell around the fruit. It is served on a long bamboo skewer. Tanghulu is traditionally made with the hawthorn […]

The flag’s bright blue background symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, which plays an important part in the lives of the islanders, both in terms of the fishing industry, and the huge tourist trade. The Union Jack reflects the country’s links with the United Kingdom. The shield is derived from the country’s coat of arms, which was […]

Solo garlic, also known as single clove garlic, mono-bulb garlic, single bulb garlic, or pearl garlic, is a type of Allium sativum. The size of the single clove differs from approximately 25 to 50 mm in diameter. It has the flavour of the garlic clove but is somewhat milder and slightly perfumed.  


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