Southeast Asia Celebrates Songkran, the Traditional New Year
For more photos and videos from Songkran Celebrations, browse the #Songkran hashtag.
Starting this Sunday, communities in Southeast Asia celebrate the Southeast Asian New Year, widely known around the world as Songkran (สงกรานต์). For centuries, people in places like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (also known as Burma) have marked the starting of a new year with this three-day festival.
Rooted in Buddhism, the events held during Songkran vary from country to country. The most common ritual involves large crowds of people taking to the streets to douse one another with water. Splashing water stands as a religious symbol of bringing good fortune to others, but nowadays it is often taken up for pure enjoyment as well as light relief during the region’s hottest month of the year. Instagrammers taking part in the festivities gear up with water guns, goggles, bathing suits and, of course, waterproof smartphone cases to capture the excitement. Other customs include visiting Buddhist shrines to pray, bringing food to monks and cleansing statues of Buddha.
Fine, detailed and subtle animated artwork created by New York illustrator Rebecca Mock. Apparently the animated gif back to stay, gradually more and more people are exploring this old format and customers asking for shouting. Several of these illustrations were created for the New York Times or The Warlus magazine.
Beautiful gif art. <3
Oh my Lord. We have to have these at AJAM.
The last day of Duel of the Eights is underway, with Darth Vader vs. Jabba the Hutt, and Han Solo vs. Captain Rex. Our winners compete again tomorrow in our next round, Fate of Four!
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I wish today was Friday because this is the best thing on the internet this week. GAME OVER.
Never in doubt. Champions.
Plus Fours Routefinder - Worlds First Navigation System
Invented in 1920′s this could be world’s first navigation system. No satellites or digital screens were used in the making of this portable navigation system. Called Plus Fours Routefinder, this little invention was designed to be worn on your wrist, and the “maps” were printed on little wooden rollers which you would turn manually as you drove along.
1920s? Cool idea!
The Wavy Lines of Hundertwasserhaus
To view more photos and videos from Hundertwasserhaus, explore the Hundertwasserhaus location page.
Austrian painter, architect and sculptor Friedensreich Hundertwasser passionately rejected the straight line, going so far as to call it “godless and immoral.” His Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment complex in Vienna, embodies that commitment to irregularity. Built between 1983 and 1985 with architects Joseph Krawina and Peter Pelikan, the building has undulating floors, a grass-covered roof and 250 trees growing inside the rooms, their limbs reaching out windows. The Hundertwasser House is now one of Vienna’s most visited buildings and a part of Austria’s cultural heritage.