Practices like the brilliant lantern making of San Fernando craftsmen become increasingly elaborate. Productions like Carnival, faced with the challenges of scale, become ever-more complex. All the while, celebration remains a deeply personal affair—from the Nigerian couple pasting their faces on wedding favors to the pilgrim seeking salvation among 80 million at the Ganges. Celebration is a stress-reducer, a serotoninbooster, an ingredient of joy. It has a natural momentum that excites and builds. So where there’s celebration there’s opportunity—for business and charity, for exploitation and aspiration. And in all cases, creativity.
- Church Train. Asanda Kaka takes Cape Town’s church trains, mobile masses that invigorate the morning commute..
- India’s Big Bath. John Macomber draws city planning inspiration from the world’s biggest festival.
- Glow Games. For the craftsmen of San Fernando, giant lanterns are a source of pride and competitive fervor.
- Infographic: Recipe for Revelry. The infrastructure that supports a celebratory swell, the boon it brings to a local economy, and the waste it leaves behind.
- Observed: Celebration. A visual tour of Celebration around the world, from Brazilian sound machines to New Orleanian jazz funerals.
- Street butcheries in Cairo
- Zoning for fun in Vancouver
- Palestine’s only brewery
- Dueling victories in Côte d’Ivoire
- Carnival fashion designers
- And more…