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The wedding season in India lasts for four months. During wedding celebrations the bridegroom’s family normally hires a brass band service to play at the wedding procession, in which the groom’s family dances all the way to the wedding venue where the bride’s family waits to receive them. The members of the band come together [...]

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Today marks the start of the five-day festival of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs around the world. During Diwali, originally a harvest festival, lamps are lit to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, fireworks are set off to drive away evil spirits, and prayers for prosperity are offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Collected here are images of this year's festival, as celebrants color their world, give prayers, and wish each other a happy Diwali. [33 photos]

A girl lights earthen lamps in a formation to form the shape of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, on November 12, 2012. (Reuters/Ajay Verma)

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Gundega Strautmane, a Latvian textile artist and designer, visualizes social and physical networks in a show called Relational Ornaments. The networks are created using various sized pins to depict nodes and threads connecting them to show relationships. Bringing visualization into the tactile world lends it a weight not able to be achieved on a computer screen. It allows the viewer to pause, spend time with the information, feel it, sense it in a more holistic way. The placement of pins and threads is imprecise because they are placed by hand giving the work a very natural, organic feel rather than the rigidity of the exact calculations of programming.

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TEDxGateway - Raghava KK - Meet one of most remarkable people the world is yet to know of.

Raghava KK is a celebrated renowned Indian artist. CNN named him one of 10 remarkable people the world is yet to know of. He began his career in art as a newspaper cartoonist, and the cartoonist's bold line -- and dead-on eye for truth -- still powers his art. His work spans painting, sculpture, installation, film and performance, always linked by his challenging opinions on identity, conformity, gender, celebrity, ceremony. He shows in galleries and performance spaces around the world. He also spends much of his time teaching storytelling through art. Among his latest work is an Ipad book (POP-IT) that promotes multiple perspectives and empathy. He is a two time TED speaker. He lives and works out of New York. He has collaborated with world famous artists such as Paul Simon, Erykah Badu, Yann Vasnier (perfumer). He was invited to be on a BBC panel on creativity and spoken in conferences around the world. He teaches a course at NuVu Studios, an experimental education project of the MIT Media Labs in Cambridge MA. --- In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are <b>...</b>
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Indian artists Kandha Panday, right, and Shiva Sharma dressed as Hindu god Rama and his brother Lakshman have paint applied to their faces ahead of a religious procession during the Dussehra festival in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, an evil ruler who had abducted [...]

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Hindus around the world -- from South Asia to Britain and beyond -- observe many colorful holidays throughout the year. Recent festivals include the Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed deity, and Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of the god Krishna. The range of experiences at these celebrations runs from joyfully loud and spectacular to solemn and contemplative. Each devotee celebrates in a distinct, personal way even while joining the larger community. Hinduism is the world's third-largest religion; the majority of its one billion adherents are concentrated in India, but sizable communities exist all over the globe. I hope you enjoy these vivid, intriguing glimpses of Hindu festivals photographed over the past few months. [39 photos]

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the water from Girgaum Chowpatty beach before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, on September 11, 2011. Idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual send-off of his journey towards his abode in "Kailash", while taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. (Reuters/Vivek Prakash)

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Indian Hindu devotees throughout the world celebrate Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. Children and adults dress as the Hindu God Krishna and his consort Radha in bright, elaborate costumes and jewelry. Human pyramids form to break the 'dahi-handi' or curd pot. The large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and is suspended from a height of 20 - 40 feet. Participants come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid, enabling the uppermost person to reach the pot and claim its contents. -- Paula Nelson (27 photos total)
An Indian schoolboy is dressed as the Hindu God Krishna. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

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ECONOMIC SUPERPOWERS ECONOMIC SUPERPOWERS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao walked along a red carpet Tuesday outside the German in Berlin. The two leaders pledged to increase trade between their countries, the biggest economies of Europe and Asia. (Michael Kappeler/DPA/Zuma Press)

PRECAUTION PRECAUTION: A kiosk owner wore a gas mask on Tuesday while selling cigarettes during street clashes in Athens’s Syntagma Square. Workers staged a two-day strike against the near-bankrupt government, which is trying to push through austerity cuts. (Louisa Gouliamaki/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A RABBI’S MOURNERS A RABBI’S MOURNERS: Orthodox Jews attended the Tuesday funeral of Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, who died at the age of 97, in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak. (Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A SHOW OF POWER A SHOW OF POWER: Zelzal ballistic missiles left behind a trail of smoke Tuesday after being launched by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard during the second day of its 10-day military exercises. (Mohammad Hasanzadeh/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TRIBUTE TO A GODDESS TRIBUTE TO A GODDESS: An Indian artist sculpted clay idols of Durga, an Hindu goddess, on Tuesday in preparation for the Hindu festival Durga Puja. Durga Puja is a five-day celebration in which Hindus relive stories of the goddess’s exploits on Earth and her return to the land of the gods. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

CHAMPAGNE IN THE RAIN CHAMPAGNE IN THE RAIN: Spectators covered up with umbrellas and raincoats Tuesday when the rain stopped matches at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at the week-long Wimbledon tennis tournament. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

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