The majority of Arab countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr, starting Sunday. This is a religious three-day holiday that comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Ahead of the holiday, Saudi authorities renewed the ban on mass prayers, including the Eid prayer attended by huge crowds of worshipers. A total of 18 Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia are celebrating together while others, including Mauritania, Sudan and the Sultanate of Oman, began the Eid festivities on Saturday. The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in ...
Transgender people in Pakistan are known as "khawajasiras" or "hijras" -- an umbrella term denoting a third sex that includes transgender women and cross-dressers. Many claim to be the cultural heirs of eunuchs who thrived at the courts of the Mughal emperors that ruled the Indian subcontinent for two centuries until the British arrived in the 19th century and banned them. They are traditionally called upon for rituals such as blessing newborns or to bring life to weddings and parties, in a country where it is considered un-Islamic for a ...
Wearing a mask and a vest-top, Uruguayans grip the sheep firmly as he begins to shear off its heavy coat, his expertise bringing him on a more than 10,000-kilometre journey from Uruguay to the rural heartlands of northwestern Spain. It's an annual trip he normally makes but this year, things have been upended by the global pandemic, with Canto and some 250 other Uruguayan sheep shearers arriving six weeks later than normal given the difficulties of traveling in a world under lockdown. Spain has not enough sheep shearers. If you ...
Far from lab coat and face mask territory, a group of indigenous healers with feather and leaf headdresses is working its way up the Amazon river, looking for medicinal plants to treat the new coronavirus. In a small motor boat, five men from the Satere Mawe tribe are trying to help their people survive without using the saturated state health system in Amazonas, in northwestern Brazil, which despite its remoteness is one of the places hit hardest by the pandemic, according to AFP. "We've been treating our symptoms with our ...
The entire world is going through exceptional circumstances in light of the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown and quarantine affected most industries and businesses. One of the sectors that was mostly affected by the pandemic is the tourism and hospitality sector as most countries of the world suspended flights and closed down hotels. It is expected that industries and businesses will no longer be the same post COVID-19 and the tourism sector is no exception. New procedures will be observed at hotels; using disinfectants, sanitizers and medical checkups at hotels ...
By Ewelina Lepionko A famous saying among Russians is that Moscow is for work and St Petersburg is for falling in love. ‘Most Beautiful’ is how they call St Petersburg. This city is a mix of history, culture, and modern life. Saint Petersburg, also known as Piter to the locals, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This Russian hub has all the ingredients for an extraordinary vacation - extravagant architecture, remarkable history, vibrant nightlife. It is all there in one place. St Petersburg is a epic ...
Nurses assigned to the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) at the Kenyatta University Hospital dance during a Zumba class held at the hospital compound in Nairobi, on May 17, 2020, according to AFP. Coinciding with the morning shift rotation the class, aimed to offer some respite to nurses charged with the management of patients infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, was organised by the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) and the Kenyatta Univesity Teaching, Refferal and Research Hospital in Nairobi.
As India’s 1.3 billion residents face strict lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the South Asian country has witnessed a return of nature to many locations. Tens of thousands of the large pink birds have been arriving at Mumbai in recent weeks, with many of the gorgeous creatures simply overrunning urban areas that are thrived with human activity such as construction work and fishing in pre-quarantine days. The nationwide lockdown has also seen industrial waste discharge decline while sewage from homes has skyrocketed, resulting in a ...
Without the hundreds of thousands of worshippers it welcomes every May 13, the vast esplanade of Portugal's Catholic Fatima shrine was nearly empty for its annual celebration for the first time in its century-long history. Closed to the public because of the new coronavirus pandemic, only about 30 employees attended the mass on Wednesday in the small town where three poor shepherd children reported visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, according to AFP. Last year, 6.3 million people visited the shrine, the country's most renowned pilgrimage site.
In spite of their fears over the coronavirus, hundreds of pious Iranians took advantage of the temporary opening of mosques Wednesday to pray at one of the holiest times of year. The mask-clad faithful for the most part adhered to social distancing guidelines as they sat in designated areas of Reihanat al-Hussein mosque, in west Tehran. Clutching their own prayer mats and Korans, they showed up with their families, including a couple with a baby, and appeared to be in high spirits.