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Tihar: Nepal’s Festival of Lights

By: Stephanie Andrews

The end of October marks an incredible festival in Nepal called Tihar. Five years ago I got to witness this beautiful celebration in person in Katmandu, and it was truly an amazing experience. Dogs, cows, and homes were adorned with marigold garlands and lit up at night with candles, creating a breathtaking atmosphere.

One day of the festival is dedicated to cows, who are venerated with garlands and the best grasses because they signify wealth and prosperity.

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Photo courtesy of Mashable.

Colorful earthen lamps are used to decorate the home during this festival of lights.

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Photo courtesy of Avax News.

Cows aren’t the only animals celebrating Tihar. Dogs are also honored during the festival with flower garlands and vermillion (and food!).

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Photo courtesy of Life With Dogs.

The festivities during Tihar are truly a one of a kind sight. Just another reason visiting Nepal should be on your bucket list!

The Colors of Mexico

By: Verena Dalati Salmé

My recent trip to Mexico City was as inspiring as it was relaxing. The locals were friendly, the food was delicious, and the history was rich. Among the art, museums, and regional traditions I experienced, there was one overarching theme I couldn’t ignore: COLOR! From painted buildings to artisan creations, unique color palettes were created by ordinary items in brilliant hues.

Mexico 1

Cayenne | Emerald | Blush

1. Door detail by architect Luis Barragan, Casa de Luis Barragan, photo courtesy of Guy Salmé.
2. “Frida on White Bench” by Nickolas Muray, Fenimore Art Museum.
3. Traditional dress detail, photo courtesy of Guy Salmé.

Mexico 2

Aqua | Terracotta | Yellow

1. Mexican ceramic tile detail, Puebla, Mexico, photo courtesy of Guy Salmé.
2. Amor graffiti, Puebla, Mexico, photo courtesy of Guy Salmé.
3. Acapulco chair, Replica Furniture.

Mexico 3

Bubblegum | Seafoam | Caramel

1. Seafoam door with bubblegum accents, Mexico City, photographer unknown.
2. Brooklyn brownstone, Brooklyn, NY, photo courtesy of Andrew Cammarano.
3. Cacti needles, Luis Barragan building, Mexico City, photographer unknown.

Mexico 4

Royal Blue | Ivory | Oatmeal

1. Standing bear sculpture, painted wood, Oaxaca, Mexico.
2. Talavera tile detail, House of Tiles, Mexico City, photo courtesy of Guy Salmé.
3. Talavera salsa bowl, indeeddecor.com.

Mexico 5

Goldenrod | Chili Red | Pepper Black

1. Traditional Mexican corn on the cob, photographer unknown.
2. “Do Not Throw Trash” Ciudadela Market, Mexico City, photo courtesy of Guy Salmé.
3. Prickly pear chair, designed by Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, traditional Mexican Otomi fabric.

From market streets to boutique gems, the colors of Mexico are bold, rich, and spicy — how can you not be inspired?