The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 killed 154 people and forced residents of the Ukedo district in Namie, Fukushima to evacuate. Shortly after the disaster, Shigeko Sasaki reached out to young dancers who had evacuated. They formed a folk arts preservation group and began practicing a traditional rice planting dance. Since then, the young evacuees have been bringing hope to the area by performing authentic folk dances.
In the early 1900s, Elizabeth Burchenal began to introduce folk dancing into the physical education curricula of New York City schools. In doing so, she sparked an interest in folk dance not only in New York, but across the country.
Did you know that nearly 800,000 people in America are members of an Orthodox Church? Here are some fast facts about Orthodoxy put together by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.
Sanfermin, the festival in Pamplona, Spain that is best known for the Running of the Bulls, takes place every year from July 7 to 14.