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Chinese marriage 13
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Keeping with the traditions of old, Zheng Ying and her groom pay homage to the elder relatives in her family, in this case her Grandmother and Grandfather (Pa Pa and Gong Gong).

Chinese weddings are still steeped in ancient traditions. Paying respect or "taking tea" with elder family members is an essential part of the process. Although many young Chinese couples are living away from their parents home as the social structure of their country changes, many will return when their parents reach an age that require their children to care for them. It is also quite common for the parents to go and live in the house of the oldest child when they reach an elderly age.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Chinese marriage 22
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Members of the grooms party participating in the initiation or game phase of a wedding ceremony in Zhongshan City. Guangzhou Province. China. Games and initiations have always been a part of Chinese Wedding ceremonies, but now in modern China younger people are becoming slightly more rumbustious in their approach. On the wedding day the groom and his party have to do many different tasks to prove they are worthy of their waiting bride. When the tasks are completed the bride will come out from her bedroom and present herself to the groom. Some of the games or initiations include include eating Wasabi sauce or bird food from the floor while doing press ups, getting spayed from head to toe with coloured foam or even drinking coke laced with soy sauce.

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Chinese marriage 23
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

A portrait of Zheng Ying in her traditional Chinese Wedding dress and a golden pig hanging below her neck in her home in Guangzhou City. Guangdong Province. China. The dress Ying is wearing is a traditional Chinese dress known as a Qungua and mostly worn at the ceremonial stage of the wedding process. Most brides will then change into a Western style gown for the evening wedding dinner. The gold pig displayed on Ying's neck is given to the bride by the relatives usually older than the bride herself. The golden pig around YingÕs neck depicts that the bride will be blessed with children after her marriage. The more gold that the bride displays the more her family will be seen to have wealth and therefore their stature in the community may be elevated. Gold has always played an important role in Chinese weddings but now in modern day China families are spending far more money on what previous generations would have spent on gold.

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Chinese marriage 1
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Zheng Ying takes a moment before her ceremony begins in Panyu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Zheng met her husband through a mutual friend and they now live together in their new home in Guangzhou. Old Chinese traditions often saw newly married couples move directly into the grooms home, but now, with China's economic boom, couples are becoming wealthier and more independent and many are buying their own homes and abandoning old traditions.

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Female monks in Thailand
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Women in Thailand cannot be ordained buddhist monks. However, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, 68, is determined to reverse this unfair tradition. In 2000, she left her life as professor in a renowned Thai university and traveled to Taiwan to receive the bodhisattva's precept. Three years later, she was ordained a full bhikkhuni, the word for female Buddhist monks, in Sri Lanka.

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Pakistan Republic Day
Karachi, Pakistan
By U.S. Editor
23 Mar 2013

The guard changing ceremony was performed at the mausoleum and the officials laid wreaths on Jinnah’s grave. Representatives of all three armed forces and a large number of citizens were also present at the mausoleum, March 23, 2013
Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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Cavadee on Reunion Island
St Louis
By Anne Affortit
28 Jan 2013

The ceremony of cavadee is over. The joy of going through the effort and pain can be read on the faces.

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Cavadee on Reunion Island
By Anne Affortit
28 Jan 2013

The penitent enters the temple courtyard.

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Cavadee on Reunion Island
St Louis
By Anne Affortit
28 Jan 2013

The ceremony is over. Traces of fatigue can be read on the face of this penitent.

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Day of the Dead vigil for slain teenager
Nogales, Sonora
By ST McNeil
02 Nov 2012

Araceli Rodriguez leads a protest march on Day of the Dead along the US/Mexico border demanding justice for the brutal murder of her son by American security personnel (Nov. 2, 2012, Nogales, Sonora).

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Flower and finger against border brut...
Nogales, Sonora
By ST McNeil
02 Nov 2012

Protesters marched to "La Garita" or port of entry at the US/Mexico border to demand answers to the slaying of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez (Nov. 2, 2012, Nogales, Sonora).

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Lebanon Buries Murdered Intelligence ...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
21 Oct 2012

A grand ceremony was held on Sunday, October 21, in Beirut for the burial of Lebanese intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh neighborhood along with seven others and upwards of a hundred of injured.

Angry civilians attended the funeral procession carrying banners and posters of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Prime Minister Najib Mikati who many believe are responsible for the assassination.

Al-Hassan was buried next to late PM Rafik al-Hariri who was similarly assassinated in 2005.

The massive congregation turned into a protest calling for immediate government resignation.

Mikati showed readiness to resign after the bombing but President Michel Suleiman convinced him not to at such a critical time.

After the funeral, clashes erupted between security men and angry protestors who raised banners of the Syrian opposition group Future Movement, while others and tried to break into the Cabinet headquarters in Beirut.

Security forces tried to disperse the protestors by firing teargas canisters, and other means, which led to several injuries.

Analysts warn against a spark of civil war in Lebanon which is already undergoing political turmoil.

Story: Lebanon Buries Murdered Intelligence Chief amid Protests & Clashes
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: October 21, 2012
Length: 0:01:53
Video Size: 93.2 MB
Language: Arabic
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1. Wide, pan left shot of thousands of people who are attending the funeral of security chief Wissam al-Hassan, while Qur’an is being played
2. Medium shot of some people attending the funeral, holding a poster of Prime Minister Najib Mikati criticizing the government’s policy
3. Wide, tilt up, pan right shot of people attending the funeral waving Lebanon’s flags, holding banners and posters criticizing the government’s policy, while Qur’an is still being played
4. Medium shot of two protestorsholding a poster of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Prime Minister Najib Mikati holding them responsible for the assassination
5. Wide, pan right shot of people holding a poster of Wissam al-hassan and late PM Rafik al-Hariri who was similarly assassinated in 2005
6. Wide, tilt down shot of the mosque where the funeral was held, and groups of people are gathered in front of it
7. Medium shot of soldiers carrying the coffin into the mosque
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9. Wide shot of clashes between security men and angry protestors
10. Medium shot of protestors shouting and holding the light blue flag of the Sunni-based opposition Future Party
11. Wide shot of protestors running to break into the Cabinet headquarters in Beirut
12. Wide shot of clashed between the security and the protestors
13. Wide shot of some security officers arresting one of the protestors
14. Wide, pan right shot of the protestors while the security officers are throwing tear gas at them
15. Medium shot of some protestors breaking the glass of a kiosk in the street
16. Medium shot of some protestors carrying a man who passed out in the street and fell to the ground
17. Wide shot of protestors throwing sticks and rocks at security

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The people of the Kurdish village Bes...
Bestasos, Derik, Syria
By benjaminhiller
19 Jul 2012

The people of the Kurdish village Bestastos in Northeast Syria attend a ceremony for the opening of a Kurdish cultural center. Under the rule of Assad teaching Kurdish culture and language was forbidden. But now in many Kurdish dominated parts in Syria the Regime forces where driven out by non violent actions.

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The people of the Kurdish village Bes...
Bestasos, Derik, Syria
By benjaminhiller
19 Jul 2012

The people of the Kurdish village Bestastos in Northeast Syria attend a ceremony for the opening of a Kurdish cultural center. Under the rule of Assad teaching Kurdish culture and language was forbidden. But now in many Kurdish dominated parts in Syria the Regime forces where driven out by non violent actions.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 01
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

While dancing, Mugat wedding attendees put money in each other's headdresses. The money is meant to symbolize wealth. The tradition is an adaptation of a local Uzbek custom of throwing money at the dancers as a gift and allowing the children to collect the money. However, the Mugat are cautious of thieves and prefer to put the money directly into another person's headdress.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 02
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Guests also brings presents to the boy who is being circumcised. The gifts can be clothes, toys or just money.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 03
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

The 9 year old boy who will be circumcised. The age of circumcision varies, but is usually performed before the boy hits puberty. The primary determining factor is the family's ability to gather money for the ceremony. Mugat tradition forbids photographing of the actual circumcision.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 04
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Cars parked in front of the place of ceremony. Mugat are known for driving old Soviet cars, like those pictured here.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 05
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

However, the poverty of Mugat society means that most cannot afford cars and many still use donkeys.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 07
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Mugat children, including the boy to be circumcised stand in front of a Soviet era monument to fallen soldiers.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 06
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Relatives of the boy to be circumcized arriving at the ceremony

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 07
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

The boy's parents have to arrange the help of all of their relatives and friends in order to help feed the approximately 200 guests.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 08
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Photos of dead relatives are placed above a carpet depicting the Kabaa in Mecca. This is done as a sign of respect to the dead relatives.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 09
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Twin sisters. Their parents rented dresses for them for the ceremony.