Get Outta Here! Podcast: Beaches, Tea and Buddha’s Tooth

A year ago, the Lonely Planet guide called Sri Lanka the place to go in 2019. We check in with AP New Delhi correspondent Emily Schmall on the tea plantations, the trains, the elephants, the beaches — and the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in the commercial capital of Colombo.

Plus: In the spot where we usually do My Favorite Trip, we’ll look at a new survey of what kind of behavior travelers find acceptable and not acceptable on board a jetliner. Spoiler alert: we don’t care for snakes on a plane.

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Myanmar Buddhists celebrate festival of lights | AFP

Thousands of people in Myanmar gather to pay their respects to Buddha at Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda for the Thadingyut festival of lights.

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Hundreds gather at giant Buddha statue in Vietnam for Vesak day

Hundreds of Buddhist worshippers flock to a giant Buddha statue in Vietnam this weekend for Vesak Day to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. When it is completed in three to four years time, the monument will be the largest effigy of Buddha in all of Southeast Asia.

Robot teaches the way of the Buddha in Japan

A #Buddhist temple in #Japan unveiled its latest preacher – an Android, or human-looking #robot, that has started teaching the way of the Buddha with the help of epic light shows!

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Tibetans greet new year with religious ritual

Scores of monks and men heave the enormous thangka — an image of Buddha painted on silk, rolled up in a tight cylinder while in transit — through the packed streets around Rongwo Monastery in China’s northwestern province of Qinghai for a religious ritual wrapping up Losar, the Tibetan new year.

Buddhist monks celebrate Makha Bucha Day at temple near Bangkok

Buddhist monks and devotees pray in front of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, near Bangkok, during Makha Bucha Day, a celebration of the teachings of the Buddha on the full moon of the 3rd lunar month in the Buddhist calendar.

‘Lord Buddha Day’: Breathtaking lantern-lit ceremony in Thailand

Thousands of Buddhist monks and devotees participated in a breathtaking lantern-lit ceremony at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, to mark Makha Bucha Day.
Makha Bucha Day, also known as Lord Buddha Day, is a special public holiday observed in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, celebrated on the full moon of the third lunar month of the calendar, which marks the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha.

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VICE News Daily: Thai Officials Accused of Human Trafficking

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Thai police arrest three officials on human trafficking charges, Kathmandu residents mark Buddha’s birthday, U.S. pledges support for Kenya’s refugee crisis, and a different face to a South African tradition.

THAILAND
Police Make Arrests Linked to Human Trafficking Network
Three officials detained days after a mass grave was found near a migrant labor camp on the Malaysian border.

NEPAL
A Solemn Celebration in Kathmandu
Residents marked the birth of Lord Buddha against the backdrop of the quake-stricken country.

KENYA
The Uncertain Future of the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Government officials had threatened to shut down the Dadaab complex, home to more than 600,000 displaced people.

SOUTH AFRICA
New Faces to an Old Tradition
​Whites in the country are taking an interest in traditional medicine, an industry previously dominated by blacks.​

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International Aid Reaches Cyclone-Ravaged Vanuatu: VICE News Capsule, March 18

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: International relief agencies reach remote islands of Vanuatu days after it was ravaged by a monstrous cyclone, three imprisoned in Myanmar for insulting Buddhism, Shia fighters in southern Iraq make due with what’s in the scrapyard, and a gourmet pot market is growing inside Mexico City homes.

VANUATU
Aid Workers Reach Remote Islands Days After Cyclone
Agencies are trying to deliver critical aid supplies to the tens of thousands of people affected by the storm.

MYANMAR
Prison Time for Three Accused of Insulting Buddhism
A New Zealand bar manager and his two Burmese coworkers will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for advertising an event using an image of Buddha wearing headphones.

IRAQ
Shia Fighters Hit the Scrap Yard to Increase Battlefield Success
A small team is restoring and modifying weapons and vehicles to deliver to militias fighting the Islamic State.

MEXICO
Burgeoning Legal Weed Industries Give Rise to a Homegrown Market
Connoisseurs have formed pot clubs to replicate the highly potent strains found in U.S. states such as Colorado and Washington.

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