Two women in veils and voluminous white gowns kneel in front of a statue of the Buddha, exchanging vows and prayer beads to the languorous intonations of Buddhist chants.
The U.S. Department of Defense is giving the go-ahead to all active-duty military personnel to wear their uniform to march in a gay pride parade in San Diego on Saturday, the first time such approval has been given in the United States.
Two Britons and an American were gored Monday, the third day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, authorities said.
A 73-year-old Spanish man was gored in the right leg on the first day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona and a 21-year-old Japanese runner was dragged by a bull, authorities said.
The scene is a familiar one: women and men decked out in traditional dirndls and lederhosen while they swig steins of beer to the toe-tapping tune of oompah bands.
It was a simple ceremony on the northern bank of Washington's Tidal Basin, attended by only a few people.
After more than a week of visiting the train station to wait in line for tickets and leaving empty-handed, Qin Yun has given up.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as much a holiday tradition as turkey, football and dinner table debates, celebrated its 85th anniversary with a host of new floats and balloons that began making their way down New York City's streets Thursday morning.
Elmo talks to HLN's Bob Van Dillen at the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
Hard times continue for many Americans, but they will get a respite from all the gloom, with a reminder that the holiday spirit is upon us with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- a tradition through good times and bad, celebrating its 85th anniversary.
A stampede at a religious festival in northern India killed at least 16 people Monday, officials said.
Authorities have stopped a gay pride parade scheduled for Sunday in Belgrade, according to Serbian police.
Roughly 200 active-duty and retired U.S. service members marched in the San Diego gay pride parade Saturday, marking the first time in the parade's history that a military contingent took part.
A 24-year-old Australian man was gored in the thigh Friday, the second day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
The first day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona on Thursday was a swift race through old town for hundreds of runners trying to stay a step ahead of the raging bulls, but just four runners went to the hospital with injuries, officials said.
Participants at New York City's annual pride parade celebrate the passage of same-sex marriage rights in the state.
Grab your tent and your sunglasses -- the summer music festival season is upon us once again.
Soak up the summer atmosphere -- along with some sun -- by exploring the culture and creativity that fills these five festivals.
Many Americans will take a respite from the barrage of unemployment figures and mortgage foreclosure news and begin to get into the holiday spirit Thursday with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- a tradition through good times and bad, for the last 84 years.
It's the annual festival of beer known the world over, and this year, Germany's Oktoberfest turns 200.
Mourners gather to remember those killed in a stampede at the Love Parade in Germany. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
As Germany paused Saturday to honor those who died at a German music festival last week, the pastor leading a memorial service sought to comfort those who lost loved ones, telling them "love is stronger than death."
A 25-year-old woman who was injured in last week's stampede at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg, Germany, died Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 21, prosecutors there said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a thorough investigation into the stampede at a music festival that resulted in the deaths of 20 people over the weekend.
The organizer of a German music festival announced Sunday that the Love Parade has been disbanded after more than 19 people were killed in a stampede.
Fifteen people were killed Saturday when chaos broke out at a music festival in Duisburg, Germany, police said.
Hundreds of runners braved their luck Wednesday on the first day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona -- but just two men, an Australian and a Spaniard, were taken to hospital afterward with injuries, the Navarra regional government said.
A 400-year-old tradition is facing some new challenges this year at this week's annual running of the bulls in Spain.
CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on gay Catholics who marched in New York's Gay Pride parade.
Gay pride was on display in towns and cities across the United States Sunday as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- and their supporters -- marched in parades large and small to demand equality, oppose discrimination and express pride in who they are.
CNN's Kyung Lah explains the numerous things symbolized by blooming cherry blossoms in Japan.
In late March and early April, a canopy of cherry blossoms opens over Washington, D.C., shedding delicate petals across the Tidal Basin. During the mass bloom, about half a million out-of-towners will join locals in raising their gazes to the tops of the trees, a 1912 gift from the city of Tokyo. (Global marketing minds might wonder: Coincidence, or clever strategy on behalf of Japanese camera makers? Snap once for yes, twice for no.)
It was billed as the "location wars" -- a fight for the affections of the smartphone-wielding techie elite that converged on Austin this week for the South by Southwest Interactive festival.
The merriment and mayhem of Mardi Gras comes to a climactic end on Fat Tuesday. But where did the celebration begin?
It has been called "The Greatest Free Show on Earth." The New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a celebration of culture, food, music and family. But for many adults, Mardi Gras conjures up images of drunken excess, exposed body parts and general unruly behavior -- all that on top of nowhere to use the bathroom.
The tradition that is Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has spun off its own tradition -- on Thanksgiving eve, New Yorkers and tourists alike gather on the Upper West Side of New York City to watch their favorite characters come to life in the forms of giant balloons.
Cambodia held its annual Water Festival during the first three days of November in the nation's capital, Phnom Penh.
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dropped from Stuttgart's first-team after he paid an unauthorized visit to the Oktoberfest just hours after his side's defeat to Cologne.
As summer winds to an end, beach umbrellas are coming down and pools are closing, but that doesn't mean the fun is finished. From the National Buffalo Wing Festival crowning the next 'wing king' to the country's best folk artists coming together in Pennsylvania, festivals across the country have fun for everyone.
A man died after being gored in the neck during the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the Navarra regional government said Friday on its Web site.
A young man died after being gored during the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Stars at the legendary Glastonbury, one of the world's largest music festivals, have begun to pay tribute to Michael Jackson, who died Thursday.
Sarah Mills joins CNN with reaction to the death of Michael Jackson from the Glastonbury Music Fesival.
It doesn't matter that they can be feverishly hot. Or that crowds make for long food lines or the tickets may be hard to come by.
Thousands of people converge on the small town of Marlinton, West Virginia, each fall for a feast whose main ingredients were unlucky enough to crawl, slither or lurk too close to a speeding car.
Thousands of visitors lined Constitution Avenue in Washington on Saturday morning for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
It's that time of year again, when the last snow storm has become a distant memory and the weather starts to turn a little warmer. Spring is in the air and that means one thing for Washington: cherry blossoms.
A dose of conjunctivitis didn't help, and this year's Rio de Janeiro Carnaval passed me by, which I regret. I'm a fan -- especially of the showpiece occasion, the parade of the samba schools. I find it an uplifting spectacle of joy, creativity and culture, great to watch, even better to participate.
With all the bridges and road closings on Inaugural Day, the problem isn't just about getting people into Washington but getting them back out after Barack Obama is sworn in January 20.
Irving Kofsky is 84, an ex-nuclear physicist and current retiree. So what does a Depression-era guy make of the desert festival famed for sex, drugs and self-indulgence?
Crowds sprint for safety as iReporter Ben Meeks films the start of the running of the bulls.
Day three of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
CNN's Dan Rivers eats New Year's Eve dinner with a family who is lucky to be together after a harrowing journey home.
Luo Miao plays ping-pong with her fellow factory workers, trying to get her mind off her family who will be spending this Lunar New Year without her.
Revelers decked out in purple, gold and green as well as partiers in elaborate costumes, celebrate Mardi Gras.
Rescuers were searching through the night Tuesday for hundreds of people who fell into a river after a footbridge collapsed during a religious festival in Nepal.
After the signature effigy of the Burning Man festival went up in flames four days ahead of schedule, festival-goers vowed to rebuild the 40-foot icon by Saturday's planned climax.
Burning Man became Burned Man four days early on Tuesday, and a San Francisco performance artist was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert.
Raw Politics: Iowa road trip
Marian Goodell, 44, is a no-nonsense blond with a voice that sounds like it's barking orders out of a walkie-talkie. She's a veteran of seven industries, including law, advertising, software development, and Department of Defense contract work.
"HERE'S THE VALUE PROPOSITION: 40,000 OF THE SMARTEST, MOST SOCIALLY NETWORKED CONTENT-GENERATING PEOPLE ON THE PLANET, WHOSE TOLERANCE FOR B.S. IS NEGATIVE POINT-FIVE, ALL CHECKING OUT YOUR PRODUCT."
The official opening Boat Parade for the 32nd America's Cup will take place on Saturday 14 April just two days before the final stages of the event - the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Chess is a challenging game at the best of times. But try playing it in Trafalgar Square, with huge pieces carved from ice -- on a relatively balmy British day that threatened to turn pawns to puddles.
Diwali -- or the "festival of lights" -- is a major Hindu festival starting this weekend. The name of the festival comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means a row of lights. It is celebrated for five consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja, and is eagerly anticipated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs around the world.
6.1 million: The number of one-liter glasses of beer, known as a "Mass", drunk during this year's Oktoberfest -- the world's largest beer festival -- a five-percent rise on last year's figure.
If you want to make an appointment to see Larry Page and Sergey Brin this week, you'll have a harder time than usual doing so. The Google founders are making their annual pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burning Man festival.
New Orleans, which embodies the spirit of Mardi Gras for much of the world, has consolidated its signature celebration away from damaged areas as the city struggles to find its footing after Hurricane Katrina.
A helium-filled balloon taking part in New York's annual Thanksgiving parade hit a lamppost near Times Square on Thursday, causing a light to fall and injure two sisters from Albany, officials said.
Ah, autumn, when a man's thoughts turn to drink.
A 44-year-old Spaniard was butted in the rear on the fourth day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Four men were gored on Thursday, including an American and a Briton, in the third day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, a Navarra regional government spokesman told CNN.
At least 37 people were killed and 15 injured at a Lantern Festival gathering Thursday night in a northern suburb of Beijing, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
At this year's eighth annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, I played chess on an oversized board with life-sized statues of aliens, sat in a homemade stretch VW van, wore silver body pa...
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A Covina high school student who complained that she was dismissed as the school's drum major because she did not sell enough candy in a fund-raising drive lost a bid for reinstatement . . . Pomona...
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