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By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Annual meeting of Northern League in ...
Pontida
By Cosimo Attanasio
21 Jun 2015

The Northern League is an Italian right-wing party, born in the 80s as secessionist party of northern Italy (renamed from them: Padania) is currently on federalist and xenophobic positions, it's the second more strongest Italian party. Like every June the militants gathering in Pontida to renew the oath of Alberto da Giussano against Frederick I in the XII century. In these images some portraits of supporters, activists and politicians of the Northern League, all the color and the folklore that takes place every year in the second half of June. This year the most representative symbol of the event is for sure the bulldozer, the party secretary Matteo Salvini has repeatedly more time that should be used bulldozers to resolve once and for all the issue of Roma camps and his statements had very much controversy in Italy. Matteo Salvini also expressed words of appreciation for the policy of closing borders by France in the refugee issue, stating that it should be hard fist even Italy.

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Central Asian Gypsy Circumcision Party
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
09 Mar 2015

Photos and Text by Timur Karpov/Transterra Media

The Mugat are an ancient nomadic people living in Central Asia. Also known as the "Central Asian Gypsies", their lifestyle is similar to European Roma: they live in camps, migrate across countries, and begand recycle garbage for money. Many people in Uzbekistsan, a country with a significant Mugat population, believe the Mugat have magic powers and know secret curses.

Usually the Mugat never let cameramen inside their community and are warey of outsiders. This Mugat ceremony, called "Khatna-tuy", took place in a small city of Parkent, Uzbekistan. Mugat people from camps around Parkent gathered together to celebrate the circumcision of one of the boys from the community. As an Islamic people, circumcision is one of the most important events in the life of a Mugat man. On the day of his ceremony, he receives money and gifts from community, while guests enjoy cheap vodka, bowls of meat, and dancing.

These photos provide an inside look at the rituals of one of the most secretive peoples in one of the world's most secretive states. 

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Beirut
By Joe Lukawski
04 Dec 2014

Egyptian 'shaaby' (pop) music phenomenon Islam Chipsy has begun taking the indie electronic music scene by storm. From the streets of Cairo to international stages, his take on Egyptian wedding-pop, known locally as ‘mahraganat,’ (festival music) combines Arab beats with hardcore drumming and phrenetic electro keyboard melodies that sound like someone's old Nintendo gaming system has been possessed by a flamboyant Egyptian groomsman. Chipsy, however, is a self-taught virtuoso keyboardist and a wonder to watch live.

In December, Islam Chipsy played in Beirut at the Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival while touring in the Middle East and Europe, making stops in France, Germany, Switzerland and in various Scandinavian cities. The global appeal of his music perhaps comes from its proclivity towards all-out partying, however, his stop in Beirut was special.

“People [here] are excited to see us; they have received us well,” he said. “Being in this country is like seeing your brother who wants to know how you are doing. So you feel that you speak with each other through music, not with words.”

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
28 Nov 2014

A chauffeur driven car awaits the arrival of the wedding party in Dongsheng Town. Luxury cars line old Chinese villages on wedding days to take guests from the couple's homes to the wedding dinner venue. 20 years ago it would have been a sight to even see a car in these parts of China, let alone a luxury Mercedes.

Dongsheng Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province China.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
28 Nov 2014

Wu Yongyi getting her make up done for her wedding. The bride must rise early on the day of the wedding and can end up spending long periods of time in her bedroom until the groom arrives to take her to his house.

Young women in China face many pressures from their family, like finding a potential husband and also starting a family. These are very traditional values held within China and often put pressure on young women who wish to travel and explore life further before settling down.

Dongsheng Town. Zhongshan City. Guangdong Province China.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
28 Nov 2014

The bridal party are attacked with silly string as the initiation ceremony begins in Dongsheng Town, Zhongshan City. Guangdong Province China.Games and initiations for the groom and his party make up a huge part of any Chinese Wedding ceremony. On the morning of the wedding the groom and his party must prove their worth before the bride will be presented to the groom from her bedroom. Examples of such initiations and games include eating Wasabi sauce or bird food from the floor while doing press ups, getting sprayed with silly string or drinking coke laced with soy sauce.. In modern Chinese society these games and initiations are becoming slightly more rumbustious as Chinese youths are now drawing some influence from Western Society and more traditional practices particularly in larger cities become less prevalent.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
28 Nov 2014

Wu Yongyi follows the instructions of the women on the right, who is known in China as a Meiren. Her father holds a red lucky umbrella over their heads in a wedding ceremony in Dongshen Town, Zhongshan City. Guangdong Province China.

The Meiren or Medium goes to the bride's house on the morning of the wedding and officially starts the ceremony. The Meiren is considered the link between the bride, the wedding party, and the spiritual world. On the wedding day, the Meiren will ask the gods and ancestors of the family for their blessing. She will also instruct the bride to follow the processes that are considered good luck, directing the bride and holding her hand throughout the ceremony.

In modern day China, weddings are becoming much more extravagant and Westernized. Many families will not use or require a Meiren as the idea of a spiritual connection becomes forgotten. However, in small villages the traditions of old are still deeply rooted in each ceremony.

Dongshen Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

Local men and young distant relatives loiter outside the bridal party's home in Zhongshan City. Like the economy, Chinese youth culture is changing fast, both in fashion and in mindset.

The man on the right wears the early Mao influenced three piece business suit, which is symbolic of the early communist era. While the young man standing slightly to the left opts to go for a more modern punk / rebellious garb.

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

Dinner is prepared for a wedding feast in Dongsheng Town. Often migrant workers from Northern Chinese Provinces cook food for wedding parties. Many things have changed in China for many people, but for others, such as migrants from the Northern Provinces, much remains the same.

Dongsheng Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

The bride and groom leave after being adequately protected from the rain from their personal chauffeur and valet in Panyu District, Guangzhou. Guangdong Province China. This type of personal service and elegant touch is now provided by many different companies in China. The wedding business is a booming industry after being non existent in previously poorer generations. Most parents of newly weds could never have imagined such services like the ones provided in todayÕs modern weddings. Many have memories of being transported to their venue by 3 wheel cart and having a dress previously handed down by another family member or another girl who may have married recently living in their village.

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

A chauffeur driven car departs for a the wedding party in Zhongshan City. Guangdong Province China. Luxury cars line old Chinese villages on the wedding day to take guests from the couples homes to the wedding dinner venue. 20 years ago it would have been a sight to even see a car in these parts of China, notwithstanding a luxury Mercedes.

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

The Happy couple depart ! Zheng Ying and her husband are taken to their ceremonial dinner in a chauffeur driven Porsche with their own personal paparazzi in tow.

Chinese couples can spend upwards of 100,000 RMB ($16,000) on their wedding. Items such as gold jewelry, luxury car rentals, plush hotel venues and fine foods and wines are among some of the purchased items. The Wedding ceremony is often seen as an important day for families to show off their wealth and stature to friends and others in their community.

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

An entrance to a wedding party in Guangzhou City. Guangdong Province. China.

Thousands of dollars is spent by couples on putting on a lavish after party or wedding dinner . The more opulent the better, with no expense being spared. Couples can often recuperate the money spent on the dinner as guests are expected to give the couple a red envelope with some cash or gifts. A typical Chinese wedding can cost a couple upwards of 100,000 RMB ($16,000), depending on the extravagance or wealth of the families. It is customary that the groom's party should foot the wedding bill, but in modern China this custom has become dependent on whether the bride's party are interested in halving the costs. Over the past 20 years, the amount of cash that can now be allocated to couples on their wedding day has risen at an extraordinary level. 20 years ago an average Chinese wedding may have only cost around 10,000 RMB ($1,600).

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

Weiyan Lan and her grandson Shen Jiliang watch the departure of the a wedding party in Dongsheng Town. Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. A young woman out for a nighttime party in Bangkok. Despite the military curfew, street side drink vendors and DJ's are allowed to operate through the night in areas frequented by tourists. Thai's and foreigners alike take advantage of these concessions and continue to party as if the curfew does not exist. Thai Army commander in chief and head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, said the curfew was still needed but vowed to ease the security measures when the situation improves.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. McDonald's open long after curfew time. After anti-coup protests were held at a McDonald's in downtown Bangkok, the multinational company reiterated on its Facebook that it continues to maintain neutrality in the country's political crisis.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. Transport is officially banned during curfew hours, taxi and motorcycles charge double price after midnight.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. Police drive among party goers in Bangkok. They do not enforce the curfew.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. The biggest pubs and bars on Khaosan Road close around midnight. However, dance clubs, streets stalls and food vendors stay open well after permitted hours.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. Young Thais try to make some money by improvising street shows on Khaosan Road.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. The number of tourist arrivals during the first quarter of this year dropped by 5.85% compared with last year. The second quarter - ending June 30 - is already 8.75% lower than last year.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
31 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, American journalist Susan Orlean called it "the place to disappear."

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
30 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. Foreigners drink beer and spirits at night on Khaosan Road. More than 50 nations have issued travel warnings urging their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Thailand.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
30 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. Local masseurs offer Thai massages on the street after curfew.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
30 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. Khaosan Road is internationally known as a center for dancing and partying in Bangkok.

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Bangkok, Khao san RD
By vincenzo floramo
30 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand. DJs play music until very late at night on Khaosan Road. "Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market.

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Belgrade
By Aurélien Cohen
26 May 2014

March 24, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia

A former Yugoslav state printing company has become the ground-zero of Belgrade's underground youth culture. Thousands of party goers, musicians and artists go to the "BIGZ"' every weekend, where they drink, watch concerts or rehearse in music studios. During the week, some parts of the building still function as private print factories. However, every Friday, the building transforms into an all night party. A rock scene in Bauhaus decor: discover the 25,000 square meters of the Zgrada BIGZa.

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Chinese marriage 12
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
23 May 2014

Yang Yi's mother and step father on the stage at her wedding ceremony in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Hong Kong weddings differ considerably from their neighbors in mainland China. The processes of a wedding in Hong Kong are far more simplistic and less reserved. Many couples in Hong Kong have children before they are married, a practice virtually unheard of on the Chinese mainland.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
23 May 2014

Yang Yi from the Chinese mainland city of Zhongshan and her husband Kingsley Ho getting tea from YangÕs parents at their wedding party in Hong Kong. Yang Yi met her Hong Kong husband Kingsley on-line and after a three year relationship they were engaged to be married. Increasing numbers of Chinese youths are taking to using on-line websites to meet future potential partners. As China becomes modernized the stigma of meeting a partner on-line becomes less of an issue. An increasing number of young Chinese women are taking things one step further by using on-line sites to meet foreign men.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Feb 2014

More games and more initiations for the groom and his groom's men. Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

In her mother's bedroom in her home town of Zhongshan City, Luo Jiahui displays a banner of instructions that her groom must adhere too throughout the course of their marriage. The groom must read out these instructions in front of the entire wedding party.

The banner contains simple sentiments like "I will be a faithful Husband" or "I will work hard"or "I will treat you well" etc. These instructions are considered a humorous side to the wedding ceremony, but also a gentle reminder to the groom to stay in-line and pull his weight. Many young Chinese husbands are faced with enormous pressure from the wife's family to earn a high salary or to get a stable career. It is also not uncommon for families to require a husband to buy their daughter a home.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Members of the groom's party participate in the initiation, or game phase of a wedding ceremony in Zhongshan City.

Games and initiations have always been a part of Chinese Wedding ceremonies, but now in modern China, younger people are becoming slightly more rumbustious in their approach. On the wedding day, the groom and his party have to do many different tasks to prove they are worthy of their waiting bride. When the tasks are completed the bride will come out from her bedroom and present herself to the groom. Some of the games or initiations include include eating Wasabi sauce or bird food from the floor while doing press ups; getting spayed from head to toe with colored foam; or even drinking coke laced with soy sauce.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Luo Jiahui's father lights incense as an offering to Buddhist gods in her home in Zhongshan City.

Parents of couples getting married follow traditional practices and beliefs much more rigidly than young Chinese couples on the day of the wedding. These ancient religious practices seem to be losing grip on Chinese youth, as many do not follow any organized belief system or religion. Buddhism is still generally accepted as the biggest faith, but itÕs beliefs and practices are slowly disappearing with ChinaÕs aging population.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Chinese marriage 4
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Luo Jiahui nervously awaits the arrival of her groom and his party in her bedroom in her mothers house in Zhongshan City.

The process on the morning of the wedding is for the bride to put on her dress at a very specific time, according to a Chinese calendar called Huangli. The Huangli calendar depicts not only the right time the bride should put on her wedding clothes, but also the right day the wedding should be held on. This tradition has not changed after centuries of practice and is still very prevalent in modern Chinese weddings.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Zheng Ying and her groom do a toast or a "Ganbei" at each table of their wedding party in Guangzhou City.

There are many issues faced by daughters seeking to get married in China. The main pressures are usually financially based. Some families put a lot of pressure on daughters to seek a husband who comes from a well off family so he can adequately take care of their daughter without being a financial burden to her family. It is not uncommon for a family to oppose a daughter marrying a man who they consider financially unstable. In a country which has seen an unprecedented increase in disposable income, many pressures facing Chinese youths are related to money.