They’re known as “haenyeo” (“sea women”) of Jeju Island, South Korea, and for centuries, they’ve made their living as divers. Farmland is scarce, due to the island’s volcanic nature, and haenyeo harvest food from the sea.
These professional women divers, 23,000 strong in the 1960s, venture 30 feet below the ocean’s surface without oxygen tanks to catch shellfish, conches, abalones, sea urchins and other sea creatures that can be sold for food. They not only share a way of life, but they also share everything they catch.
Rules of social etiquette are different in every country: do you smile, shake hands, show up early, refuse or accept offers of drinks, eat with your hands or with silverware? It can be hard to keep track of it all.
When it opens later this year, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will be the largest archeological museum in the world. Built on a slope on the Giza Plateau just outside of central Cairo, the museum’s glass facades will offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding pyramids.
The structure—the size of ten soccer fields—will house some 100,000 artefacts. Among them are the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb, a collection of more than 5,000 objects shown in its entirety for the first time.
In Japan, sweet treats are practically a way of life. You might know about the unique flavors of Kit Kat bars, or the chocolate-coated biscuit sticks called Pocky. Another well-known Japanese dessert is mochi, a sweet rice cake made of glutinous rice called mochigome. Mochi is one of many types of wagashi, traditional Japanese confections that have been made for over two thousand years.
For 15 days each year, people in China, and many other parts of the world, mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring with the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Lunar New Year, the festival begins with the new moon and lasts until the next full moon. Because of that, the date ranges from January 21 to February 20. The origins of the holiday can be traced back 3,500 years to the Shang Dynasty, when people held sacrificial ceremonies in honor of gods and ancestors at the beginning of each year.
India has a vibrant and diverse culture, and its sports heritage is no different.
A variety of indigenous and unusual sports are played throughout the country, reflecting India’s many cultural traditions.