Vancouver Santa Claus Parade warms up upcoming Christmas
Santa waves as his float drives by during the Santa Claus pre-Christmas Parade in downtown Vancouver, Canada, Dec. 4, 2011. The eighth annual tour attracted 3,500 participants and 200 volunteers.
5,000 college teachers to pursue advanced learning under 150-mln-yuan gov't project: ministry
China will spend 150 million yuan (23.6 mln U.S. dollars) to help 5,000 college teachers from inland regions pursue advanced studies during the 2011-2015 period, the Ministry of Education said in a statement Monday.
People take part in Ashura rite in Manama, Bahrain
Thousands of people took part in the religious rite of Ashura, the holiest of the Shiite religious calendar, marking the death of Imam Hussein in 680 AD, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
Shiite Muslims walk on hot coals on 9th day of Muharram in Pakistan's Lahore
Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar, is observed around the world for ten days.
Shiite Muslims procession in mourning month of Muharram in Karachi, Pakistani
Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the four sacred months of the year in which fighting is prohibited.
58-meter-high Christmas tree unveiled in Sao Paulo, Brazil
People watch the unveiled 58-meter-high Christmas tree, which has 500 bulbs and a total length of 12,000 meters of LED light string, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec. 5.
National treasure collection exhibition held in Kunming, China's Yunnan
Photo taken on Dec. 4, 2011 shows a man-shaped bronze lamp of Eastern Han Dynasty (25 A.D.-220 A.D.) at the national treasure collection exhibition held at Yunnan Provincial Museum in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Chinese Muslims return home from pilgrimage to Mecca
About 13,700 Chinese Muslims have returned home following the end of this year's pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, as the last chartered plane landed in Beijing International Airport on Sunday.
Folk art performed in 17th China Model Contest finale
The 17th China Model Contest concluded here on Saturday. Contestants Cai Hao and Hu Nan won the champion titles out of 50 participants in the final round.
Chinese book fair held in U.S. city of Houston
A large Chinese book fair opened Saturday in the fourth largest U.S. city of Houston, featuring about 10,000 Chinese books and exposing local readers to colorful Chinese culture as well as the thoughts of China's ancient educator Confucius.
French musical Notre Dame de Paris staged in Shanghai
The english version of the well-known French musical Notre Dame de Paris shows in Shanghai Culture Plaza from Dec. 2 to 24.
Crystal glass artworks exhibition greets the Year of Dragon
The exhibition displayed 40 pieces of crystal glass artworks in the theme of dragon to greet the coming 2012, which is the Year of Dragon in Chinese lunar calendar.
Artworks displayed at Shanghai Ceramic Technology and Art Museum
The institution which opened on Friday, is Shanghai's first museum devoted to the ceramic technology and art. With a floor area or 1,500 square meters, it offers ceramic technology demonstrations, art displays and interactive workshops.
Tibet opens 1st training course for national intangible cultural heritage inheritors
Tibet autonomous region on Friday launched its first training course for inheritors of national intangible cultural heritage in the region's latest effort to protect its unique customs.
Obama lights up 2011 national Christmas tree
National Christmas Tree is Lighted during a ceremony on the Ellipse before the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Dec. 1, 2011.
China invests 54 mln USD in Tibet's cultural facilities in past 5 years
China's central government and the regional government of Tibet spent 340 million yuan (53.6 million U.S. Dollars) on Tibet's cultural facilities in the past five years, according to new figures released by the region's department of culture Thursday.
Identity of Terracotta Warriors sparks new debate
The Terracotta Army is traditionally believed to have been the guardians of the first emperor of a unified China, but a researcher's claim that they could have been military training models has sparked a new debate over the statues' purpose.
Xinhua Gallery opens in Jakarta to boost cultural exchanges
An exhibition of more than 150 photographs was held here Wednesday evening by Xinhua News Agency, in an effort to boost cultural exchanges and understanding between China and Indonesia.
China disabled art troupe perform "My Dream" in Beijing
Artists from the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe perform "My Dream" in Beijing, Nov. 30, 2011, three days ahead of the International Day of Disabled Persons.
UNESCO adds 11 new items to Intangible Heritage List
The Paris-based UNESCO on Tuesday added 11 new items to the List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding as it concluded the sixth session of its Intergovernmental Committee.