Mother’s Day around the world can involve much more than just breakfast in bed. Here are some unique traditions from the United Kingdom, Japan, Ethiopia, Mexico and Nepal.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, is temporarily closed.
Armitage opens up about his new movie, "Pilgrimage," and "The Hobbit" trilogy.
While I have also experienced my share of good memories, including an incredible pilgrimage to the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
But the die was cast. A few months later, I graduated from college and moved to an ashram in Charleston, South Carolina, where
Saudi Arabia worked to improve security measures this year.
Devout Muslims are expected to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
Hundreds of pilgrims died in a stampede last year when crowd control measures failed.
A pilgrimage is a rite of passage. There are few rites of passage for us to meet our erotic selves. For us to learn about our body and its connection to our pleasure and our soul. You have to make a choice in your life when you consider making a pilgrimage.
Just recently, Iran enforced a strict ban forbidding any of its citizens from participation in Hajj, the annually offered and once-in-a-lifetime required major Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
My brain frantically scours for the line between the patience we have grown and groomed over these days on Umrah and the right to defend one's dignity against defamation -- not to mention an additional stand against an entire gender's general reduction into one, incapable stereotype -- but my mind quickly realizes we are way past this point.
Standing at the threshold of his door, a 42-year-old Charan Das passed me a smile. We were standing across him photographing the stall of Hindu deities.
- Off to the side of the altar is a doorway leading to a small prayer room with a wall of cast off crutches, and an entrance
The black silk was cold and soft. The protruding layers of thread that spelt out "Allah" in neat Arabic curls absorbed the tears and prayers sprayed at the cloth's delicate font, while still reflecting the flood of light that shone from looming construction cranes and endless spurts of cell phone flashes.
Walking the Camino is an inspiring experience for many, and my recent walk has inspired me to think more about the need for a broader experience of pilgrimage, done in ways that might foster interreligious connections.
Mecca and Medina have been expanded over time to accommodate increasing numbers of worshippers. Presently, Saudi Arabia controls both cities, but this is becoming increasingly controversial among Muslims.