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- ABC News: Politicians Connect Instantly With Instagram
- Cult of Mac: How Instagram Made Me a Better Photographer
- The Photographer: Instagram Floods With Holocaust Remembrance Photos For Yom HaShoah
- Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdearphotograph. View photos from the last project, #WorldwidePhotoWalk.
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Add this to the bucket list or one of the events we’d like to experience before we die. To celebrate the arrival of spring and the passing of winter, an exciting festival takes place in India called Holi or The Festival of Colors. Each year, always the day after the full moon in March, Holi is celebrated by Hindus throughout India, especially in villages across the north. While people celebrate by singing and dancing, which is symbolic of the victory of good over evil, you’re probably already familiar with Holi because of its most signature ritual - the throwing of colored powder.
Landmarks Around the World Go Dark for @earthhour
Today, people around the world will celebrate Earth Hour (@earthhourofficial) by turning off their non-essential lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. The event was conceived by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2007 as a way to raise awareness about climate change.
Iconic buildings and landmarks participate each year, offering a rare unilluminated glimpse at their exteriors. Be sure to browse the location pages below for photos of the Earth Hour events!
Raising Awareness on World Water Day
Around the world, more than 780 million people live without ready access to clean, safe drinking water. For the 85% of the world’s population that lives in the driest half of the planet, existing resources are becoming increasingly scarce.
To raise awareness about issues affecting water and how we access it, the United Nations has designated March 22 as World Water Day.
Among the organizations participating in this year’s World Water Day is charity: water (@charitywater), which drills water wells in small towns around the world. To raise awareness, charity: water is hosting a “water walk” in Times Square to demonstrate how difficult it is to carry water across long distances.
They’re also engaging and promoting others who are raising awareness for water access, like @rideforwater, a team of five college students who are embarking on a cross-country bicycle tour to raise money for a new well.
WaterAid (@wateraid) is also participating, and, for the past 20 days, has been sharing through Instagram the numerous ways access to clean water improves people’s lives.
Here are just a few of the many other organizations on Instagram working to bring clean water to those around the world:
The Netherlands Celebrates the Start of Spring at Keukenhof
Want to see more photographs of spring in bloom? Be sure to visit the Keukenhof location page!
Today marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This date, known as the vernal equinox, also marks the annual opening of Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden, in the Netherlands. Though the park is only open for eight weeks every year, it attracts around 800,000 visitors looking to photograph the world famous Holland tulips. Home to seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs that span over 32 hectares, Keukenhof is the place to see—and photograph—spring in bloom!
Happy 81st Anniversary to the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
We celebrate the anniversaries of bridges to honor the ways they connect us: they enable our livelihoods as we commute, they help us escape the hustle and bustle when we need to get away and they greet us with open arms when we return home. They become symbols of towns and cities and, by standing for the places we call home, help us to connect with one another as well.
On March 19th, Sydney, Australia, celebrates the 81st anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge was constructed in 1932 to connect the North Shore to the Sydney central business district. The bridge, affectionately known to locals as “the coathanger” for its distinctive shape, supports a six-lane highway, a railway and paths for both pedestrian and bike traffic—and at 160 feet (48.8 meters) wide, it’s one of the widest long-span bridges in the world. Until 1967, it was also Sydney’s tallest building with a maximum height of 440 feet (134 meters) at the top of the arch. The bridge is also a central part of Sydney’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration as the centerpiece of the firework displays.
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPportraitofahome
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 photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.
This weekend’s tag was #WHPportraitofahome, which asked participants to capture portrait-inspired photographs of beautiful homes. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.