Pokara,Nepal: Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!
Every year it is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. It is also time for spring harvest. The new crop refills the stores in every household and perhaps such abundance accounts for the riotous merriment during Holi.
During Holi, practices, which at other times could be offensive, are allowed. Squirting colored water on passers-by, dunking friends in mud pool amidst teasing and laughter, getting intoxicated on bhaang and reveling with companions is perfectly acceptable. In fact, on the days of Holi, you can get away with almost anything by saying, "Don't mind, it's Holi!" .
Women, especially, enjoy the freedom of relaxed rules and sometimes join in the merriment rather ag ...
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Asylum of Colorno.During 1872 the Province of Parma placed the provincial mental hospital in wing of the Ducal palace of Colorno. The local unfortunately had not an adequate structure to be an asylum and today that deficiency is the symbol of decay where patients lived: during this time the asylum of Colorno was a “social container”, people came in instead of pathology but by the level of social danger. In half of the years ’60 Colorno was invested by an anti-psychiatry movement, in order to denunce the violence done inside asylum. In 1969 it was occupied by a group of students of Medicine to demonstrate against the social discriminations between the patients, the inside hierarchy and the absence of control by the familiar. In the same year arrived at Colorno as director the Dr. Franco Basaglia that began the de-institutionalization process of the mental hospital. The structure definitive was closed in the years 90.
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Phnom Penh.The building now known as Tuol Sleng has lived several lives. In the 1960s, it was a high school known as Tuol Svay Prey. From 1975 to 1979, it was S-21, a secret Khmer Rouge prison facility where supposed traitors to the regime were held and tortured. The school’s classrooms served as torture chambers and the school’s windows were covered with barbed wire and iron bars to prevent captives from escaping. Shortly after the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in late 1978 and overthrew the Khmer Rouge, they discovered ample evidence of atrocity at S-21: bodies of the recent dead, torture instruments, and incriminating documentation, including prisoner inventories and coerced personal confessions. Experts estimate that between 15,000 and 30,000 prisoners were held at Tuol Sleng until its warders fled in 1979. Most of the prisoners were killed at the nearby mass graves of Choeung Ek. Only a handful survived.Only 7 people
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In East Java, Indonesia lies Kawah Ijen volcano, 2,600 meters tall (8,660ft), topped with a large caldera and a 200-meter-deep lake of sulfuric acid. The quietly active volcano emits gases through fumaroles inside the crater, and local miners have tapped those gases to earn a living. Stone and ceramic pipes cap the fumaroles, and inside, the sulfur condenses into a molten red liquid, dripping back down and solidifying into pure sulfur. Miners hack chunks off with steel bars, braving extremely dangerous gases and liquids with minimal protection, then load up as much as they can carry for the several kilometers to the weighing station. Loads can weigh from 45 to 90kg (100 - 200 lbs), and a single miner might make as many as two or three trips in a day. At the end of a long day, miners take home approximately Rp50,000 ($5.00 u.s.). The sulfur is then used for vulcanizing rubber, bleaching sugar and other industrial processes nearby.
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