Muslims’ Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated under lockdown

Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr marking the end of a month of fasting. It is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar. But the coronavirus pandemic has brought about unprecedented restrictions in some countries, where prayers in mosques and public celebrations are barred. Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta … Read more Muslims’ Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated under lockdown

Mastering Chinese Poetry Ep. 10: Song of the Parting Son《游子吟》

Among all the festivals celebrated in China, Mother’s Day is a time to honor the mother in a family, as well as motherhood, and the influence of mothers in society. This day is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world. In China, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, … Read more Mastering Chinese Poetry Ep. 10: Song of the Parting Son《游子吟》

Report finds police broke laws in strip searching teenagers at music festivals | ABC News

The NSW Police watchdog finds the strip searches of four teenagers at two separate music festivals were unlawful, but stops short of findings of misconduct against the officers involved. Read more here: https://ab.co/2WGf3Cr For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 Subscribe to us on … Read more Report finds police broke laws in strip searching teenagers at music festivals | ABC News

Off script? The arts after Covid-19

Will the arts ever be the same again? The magic of digital technology has kept us connected to movies, music and TV shows during confinement, while distribution giants like Amazon have kept up supplies of books and CDs. But scrapped are the big summer music and theatre festivals. Can artists, producers and distributors hold out? Will Covid-19 … Read more Off script? The arts after Covid-19

Lego festivals and birthday cards: the week’s most uplifting clips

As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, communities are coming together to support each other through difficult times. From Lego festivals to Capt Tom Moore’s 100th birthday celebrations, here are some of the small and big things people are doing to keep each others’ spirits up. Coronavirus latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage

Festival cancellations: A cultural void?

As thousands of festivals across the planet are cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mathieu Jaton from the Montreux Jazz Festival and British comedian Mark Watson, who’s organising a 24-hour online comedy festival, speak to Eve Jackson about the financial, cultural and societal implications of a summer without cultural gatherings. Subscribe to France 24 now: … Read more Festival cancellations: A cultural void?

Coronavirus Updates: Oil Plunges Below $0; Pandemic Dampens 4/20 Celebrations

President Trump and members of the U.S. coronavirus task force hold the daily briefing at the White House. Stay informed with QuickTake’s coronavirus coverage of up-to-the-minute stories on the COVID-19 crisis. #Coronavirus #Covid19 #CoronavirusUpdates — OIL DROPS BELOW $0 The price on oil futures fell into negative territory — minus $37.63 a barrel. The reason: … Read more Coronavirus Updates: Oil Plunges Below $0; Pandemic Dampens 4/20 Celebrations

4/20: Coronavirus Pandemic Dampens Cannabis Industry’s Biggest Holiday

Like so many other things, the coronavirus pandemic is set to dampen 4/20 celebrations, meaning cannabis retailers can’t depend on the sales spike they’ve come to expect on the industry’s biggest holiday. For obscure reasons, April 20 is the most important day of the year in stoner culture, typically marked by festivals, parties and smoke-ins. … Read more 4/20: Coronavirus Pandemic Dampens Cannabis Industry’s Biggest Holiday

French hospital sets up COVID-19 ICU in 10 days

Over 17,000 people have died in France from COVID-19. But the number of hospitalized patients has fallen for the first time since the epidemic began. The total number in intensive care fell for the seventh day in a row by 273 patients. France has been in lockdown since March 17 with only essential trips allowed. … Read more French hospital sets up COVID-19 ICU in 10 days

‘Portable priest’ leads mobile services as churches close despite lockdown

A priest has taken to the streets to carry out mobile church services and sermons via loudspeaker, despite admitting he risks breaching social distancing regulations. Pat Allerton, is the vicar at St Peter’s church in Notting Hill, west London. For the past two weeks he decided to pack a loudspeaker in his car and drive … Read more ‘Portable priest’ leads mobile services as churches close despite lockdown

As COVID-19 hits the arts, entertainers fight back

The entertainment industry is among those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Across the arts sector, productions and concerts have been cancelled, film releases delayed and festivals postponed. But people under lockdown are finding new ways to experience the arts. Al Jazeera’s Charlie Angela reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on … Read more As COVID-19 hits the arts, entertainers fight back

Islamic call to prayer changes in Kuwait amidst coronavirus fears

‘al-salatu fi buyutikum’ means ‘pray in your homes’ – a message which, according to the UK’s Guardian, has been heard in Kuwait. Saudi Arabia has banned pilgimages, as Muslims the world over react to the spread of Covid-19: The coronavirus pandemic has pushed countries around the world to take stringent measures to prevent the spread … Read more Islamic call to prayer changes in Kuwait amidst coronavirus fears

Inside the world of camel wrestling in Turkey

Communities along Turkey’s Aegean Coast have held camel wrestling festivals for the past 50 to 60 years. The tradition originated with the Yoruk people, a migratory Turkic ethnic subgroup. Read more: https://wapo.st/3cRhBoB. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: https://wapo.st/2QOdcqK Follow us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/washingtonpost/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/

Dark Mofo cancelled and university campuses closed due to coronavirus concerns | ABC News

Hobart’s Dark Mofo festival has been cancelled, with organisers shutting down the mid-winter event. It’s the latest casualty of growing coronavirus concerns. Music festival juggernaut Coachella has been postponed for at least six months. Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-11/coronavirus-spread-hits-music-festivals-and-events/12021562 For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: … Read more Dark Mofo cancelled and university campuses closed due to coronavirus concerns | ABC News

Will Ethiopia and Egypt’s Nile dam dispute lead to war?

IN THE PAPERS – Wednesday, March 11: We look at US coverage of the Democratic primary as Joe Biden narrows in on the party’s nomination. Also, more coronavirus news as the US takes strict measures to contain the virus and several high profile festivals are postponed. Also, find out why Egypt and Ethiopia are clashing … Read more Will Ethiopia and Egypt’s Nile dam dispute lead to war?