Red and white are Santa’s colors, but also those of the Night of the Radishes celebrated every December 23 since 1897 in Oaxaca, Mexico. That’s when specially grown, often oddly shaped radishes as big as potatoes are carved into animals and monsters, crib figures and saints.
Bangladesh is not exactly a classic tourist destination, but photographer Ashraful Arefin’s images of everyday life on the streets in the capital, Dhaka, in Delhi, India, and in Bhaktapur, Nepal (photo) cast ordinary people in a special, warm light, arousing interest in his homeland.
She wrote poetry as a child; today she writes songs as a way of understanding the world. Feminist, soulful hip-hop artist and prominent protagonist of conscious rap, U.S.-born Akua Naru is promoting her new album, The Blackest Joy, in Germany this month: in Hamburg December 16, in Berlin Dec. 17.