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Above the Clouds at Nepal’s Tengboche Monastery

To see more photos and videos from the site in the Himalayas, explore the Tengboche Monastery location page.

3,867 meters (12,687 feet) above sea level and at the foot of the Himalayas stands Tengboche Monastery.

Built in 1916, the monastery sits in the Khumbu Valley of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the final stop on the “Sacred Sites Trail Project,” a circular trail of 10 monasteries in Sagamatha that draws thousands of adventurous travelers from across the globe each year.

"The surrounding mountains are incredibly rugged monoliths of dark gray and white," says Jessica DiCarlo (@jessicadicarlo), one such adventurer who shared several photos on Instagram during her visit to Tengboche in November. “It really set the tone for the rest of my trek through the Himalayas.” In the end, she says, “it ended up being one of my favorite places on the Sacred Sites circuit. Sunny, freezing, gorgeous and with a lovely community of monks.”





Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmindtheclouds

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPmindtheclouds, which asked participants to take creative and playful photos and videos of people or objects interacting with clouds. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.


The World Celebrates Holi

Want to see more photos of Holi? Visit the hashtags #holi and #holi2013.

Today Hindus everywhere celebrated Holi, an annual festival of colors held at the end of winter. In temples, the faithful prayed as colored powder and jets of colored water were sprayed upon them. Thousands of white-clothed revelers in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal took to the streets to throw bright powders and perfumes at each other, and many captured the celebrations on Instagram.

biotopism: よるヒル超会議「これからの生き方」書き起こし。出演:高木新平、宮台真司、坂口恭平






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Buddhists Celebrate Magha Puja

Want to see more photos from Magha Puja celebrations throughout Southeast Asia? Browse the #MaghaPuja hashtag and these location pages: วัดปทุมวนารามราชวรวิหาร (Wat Patumwanaram), พุทธมณฑล (Phutthamonthon), and วัดเสมียนนารี (Wat Samien Nari).

This year, February 25th marks the full moon of the third lunar month, a day observed by Buddhists throughout the world as Magha Puja. The day celebrates a series of auspicious events in the life of the Buddha, which culminated in an important teaching that laid the foundations of Buddhism.

The observance of Magha Puja, which is a public holiday in Cambodia (មាឃបូជា), Laos (ມະຄະບູຊາ), Myanmar (တပေါင်းလပြည့်နေ့) and Thailand (มาฆบูชา), varies by location, but can include candlelight processions, pagoda festivals and meditations.


Bangkok’s Wat Pho: Temple of the Reclining Buddha

To see more photos of Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha, visit the วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามฯ (Wat Pho) location page!

In Bangkok, Thailand, directly adjacent to the Grand Palace, sits Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), known popularly as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

The Reclining Buddha—measuring 160ft (43m) long and 49ft (15m) high—is the largest of the temple’s more than 1,000 Buddha images.

Prior to Wat Pho’s founding in 1788, the site was home to a center of education for medicine. To this day, the temple houses a Thai massage school and displays dozens of plaques inscribed with therapeutic diagrams and instructions.

ワインをしこたま飲み、ユザーンを聴いていたわけです。 (at 440 (four forty))

ワインをしこたま飲み、ユザーンを聴いていたわけです。 (at 440 (four forty))