Wangdi Festival, Bhutan © Jan Abadschieff

Around the World on Fridays (“B”)

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” Max de Pree

Today: Bahamas | Bahrain | Bangladesh | Barbados | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Benin | Bhutan | Bolivia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Botswana | Brazil | Brunei | Bulgaria | Burkina Faso | Burundi

Cover Photography © Jan Abadschieff (Wangdi Festival, Bhutan)

BAHAMAS

Bahamas_Big Major Cay_mirror.co.uk

Photo: mirror.co.uk

Did you know?

There’s an island in the Bahamas which is only inhabited by Swimming Pigs

Pigs are the only inhabitants on the place, which goes by the name of Big Major Cay aka Pig Beach. More …

 

BAHRAIN

Photo © YANNI – Nikki Nana Photo Shoot – Bahrain

Photo © YANNI – Nikki Nana Photo Shoot – Bahrain

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Bahrain is the most liberal Islamic country within the whole of all the Arab world

Women are allowed to drive, and not mandated to wear a Burka, or a Niqab, or an Abaya or even a Hijab. […] Also, there are presently over 25 faiths and respective churches in operation and about 60% of its population are expats, so the cultural diversity is immense. More …

 

BANGLADESH

Photo © Amy Helene Johansson

Photo © Amy Helene Johansson

Did you know?

Bangladeshis seldom smile

People seldom smile, not because they are unfriendly, but because smiling, in Bangladesh, is considered an act of immaturity. More …

 

BARBADOS

Photo © RobertYoungIAm

Photo © RobertYoungIAm

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Barbados was considered the healthiest place in the world to live

During the period 1841 – 1845, Barbados was considered the healthiest place in the world to live, having 1 death per 66 people, compared to world averages of approximately 1 death per 35 people. More …

 

BELARUS

Photo © Marco Prati

Photo © Marco Prati

Did you know?

Belarus has the world’s largest population of bison

Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe’s heaviest land animal. Furthermore, over 40% of Belorussian territory is covered in forests, this is why they have a green stripe on their flag. More …

 

BELGIUM

Photo © European Space Agency

Photo © European Space Agency

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Belgium’s highway can be seen from the moon

The almost 100 percent-lit highway network is one of the few man-made structures seen that far at night. More …

 

BELIZE

Photo © Belize Audubon Society

Photo © Belize Audubon Society

Did you know?

Belize has the only Jaguar reserve in the world

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is recognized internationally as the world’s first jaguar preserve. It is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of neotropical birds. More …

 

BENIN

Photo © Eric Lafforgue

Benin, West Africa, Bopa, women dancing during a traditional voodoo ceremony

Photo © Eric Lafforgue

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Benin is one of only two countries in the world where Voodoo is an official religion

Voodoo is completely normal in Benin. People across West Africa, especially Togo, Ghana and Nigeria hold similar beliefs but in Benin it is recognized as an official religion, followed by some 40% of the population. It has none of the negative connotations it has in the West and many of those who are officially Christian or Muslim also incorporate some Voodoo elements into their beliefs, especially in times of crisis. But Voodoo is more than a belief system, it is a complete way of life, including culture, philosophy, language, art, dance, music and medicine. More …

 

BHUTAN

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan Photo © Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Photo © Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Did you know?

Bhutan is the first country in the world to measure Gross National Happiness (GNH)

“Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product” – His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan. With his famous declaration in the 1970s, the former King of Bhutan challenged conventional, narrow and materialistic notions of human progress. He realized and declared that the existing development paradigm – GNP (or GDP) – did not consider the ultimate goal of every human being: happiness. More …

 

BOLIVIA

Photo © Luca Galuzzi

Photo © Luca Galuzzi

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The world’s largest salt flat is in Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, formed from prehistoric lakes that dried up and left behind a remarkably flat crust of salt. More …

 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Perućica_Aleksandar Simović

Photo © Aleksandar Simović

Did you know?

The biggest European rainforest is in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Perućica is one of the few preserved rainforests and at the same time it is the biggest rainforest in Europe. More …

 

BOTSWANA

Photo © Frans Lanting

Photo © Frans Lanting

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The Okavango Delta in Botswana is the world’s largest inland delta

The Okavango Delta became the 1000th inscribed site on the World Heritage List of Unesco in 2014. More …

 

BRAZIL

Brazil’s indigenous Yawalapiti tribe Photo © Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Brazil’s indigenous Yawalapiti tribe

Photo © Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Did you know?

The Amazon forest is the world’s largest remaining rainforest

Brazil is home to the 2.3 million square miles Amazon rainforest which is still home to Native Indians. More …

 

BRUNEI

Brunei Photo © National Geographic Society

Photo © National Geographic Society

Did you know?

The “Venice of the East” is Kampong Ayer in Brunei

Kampong Ayer or Water Village is dubbed as the “Venice of the East” by Antonio Pigafetta and it consists of about 40 different villages. People have lived in Kampong Ayer for over 1,300 years. More …

 

BULGARIA

Roses_Marianne van Twillert-Wennekes

Photo © Marianne van Twillert-Wennekes

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Bulgarian roses are not only stunningly beautiful, but a major export item as well

The petals reportedly produce as much as 85% of the world’s rose oil, an essential ingredient in the production of perfumes. More …

 

BURKINA FASO

Photo © Paul Richardson

Photo © Paul Richardson

Did you know?

Burkina Faso hosts Africa’s most important film festival, the biennial FESPACO

The largest film festival in Africa, FESPACO takes place every two years in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Since its inception in 1969, the festival’s goal has been to “contribute to the expansion and development of African cinema as a means of expression, education and awareness-raising.” It is the largest cultural event on the African continent and focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on African film and filmmakers.  More …

 

BURUNDI

Photo © Ana Palacios

Photo © Ana Palacios

Did you know?

Burundi is one of the most youthful countries in the world

In 2014, with an estimated 45.7% of the population under the age of 15, Burundi came in 7th in world rankings. More …

 

Around the World on Fridays: A visual experience of people portraits and a curiosity glimpse into alphabetically selected countries for each post & regular updates in “A Country a Day” (*) on Madalina Dobraca People & Culture Boutique. For the love of humans everywhere!

(*) “A Country a Day” is a mini-project I started on the 4th of June 2016, aiming to alphabetically cover each country of the world through a daily photo-pictorial illustrating the unique and diverse personalities of the featured countries. Enjoy the variety and beauty of people and cultures every day!

 

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