Religious

Eid al-Fitr - Singapore 2022
 
2 May 2022
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The Mufti of Singapore announced in a statement on May 2, 2022, that Muslims in Singapore will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, known locally as Hari Raya Puasa, on May 3 as the crescent moon for the Islamic month of Syawal was not visible in Singapore during the sunset on the 29th day of the Islamic month of Ramadan. Picture taken with long exposure.
 
Pysanky Egg Painting for Easter
 
12 Apr 2022
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Pysanky is the Ukrainian Easter egg tradition. Designs are drawn with wax and the eggs are dyed in layers, beginning with the lightest color and working up to red or black. At the end, the wax is removed to reveal an elaborately decorated egg.
 
Christianity/Catholicism
 
11 Apr 2022
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Rohingyas
 
28 Mar 2022
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The Rohingya are described as world's most persecuted minority"~~Originally a muslim ethnic group from Myanmar, which is a Buddhist majority nation, they were refused citizenship and were murdered, pilfered, raped and driven out of their homes in masses in 2017, by Myanmar's military rule.~~Since then, the Rohingyas have effectively become the largest stateless population of the world. They do not count in the census of any nation and hence are a human race, that doesn't really exist for the world.~~Over a million of them have been taking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and India but even in those nations their status is that of an "illegal immigrant" and not "refugee".~~Needless to say the conditions in which they live in those camps isn't for the faint hearted.~~The camp that I visited in Delhi did not have a toilet for an entire camp with over 500 refugees. So they walk almost a km to an open field, each time they need to attend to nature's call.~~But despite being the most marginalised community perhaps on earth... it isn't that the tussle between the powerful and the weak ends here. The Rohingya men perpetuate this circle of social abuse by oppressing women from their community and stripping them off the most basic human rights.~~But whom do these women go to find redress? How do they break the cycle of abuse? How do they secure the future of their children? And most importantly, How do they become Visible again?~Thanks to The Azadi Project that helped me in creating this series.
 
London/Purim 2022
 
17 Mar 2022
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Jewish residents of London gather in Stamford Hill to celebrate the tradition of Purim Festival in London, March 2022
 
Islam
 
18 Feb 2022
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Judaism
 
17 Feb 2022
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Hinduism
 
17 Feb 2022
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Kumbh Mela - May 2016
 
8 May 2016
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The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the World and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India, who believe bathing in the the holy waters during the month long festival will cleanse them of their sins. These holy men gather together on this auspicious morning in a private ritual which has great spiritual significance.~Shot By Vicki Couchman
 
Kumbh Mela
By Vicki Couchman
8 May 2016
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The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the World and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India, who believe bathing in the the holy waters during the month long festival will cleanse them of their sins. These holy men gather together on this auspicious morning in a private ritual which has great spiritual significance.~Shot By Vicki Couchman
 
London/Purim Festival - 2016
 
24 Mar 2016
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Purim festival commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman's plot 'to destroy, kill and annihilate' all the Jews, young and old, infants and women in a single day. ~Celebrations and customs include local children visiting friends and families around the area giving gifts. Since charity is a central feature of the day, when givers and/or recipients disguise themselves this allows greater anonymity thus preserving the dignity of the recipient. Stamford Hill, London, UK. Shot By Vicki Couchman
 
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