Author Archives: johnsworldview

Hindu Festival of Rathayatra

The Hindu festival of  Rathayatra has been celebrated in India by millions of pilgrims for over 5,000 years.  Three Hindu deities, Jagannath,  Baladeva and Subhadra  leave their temple and ride in procession, each in a huge carriage , drawn  by … Continue reading

Posted in India | Leave a comment


Diwali  is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. … Continue reading

Posted in India | Leave a comment

Own Goal

Football is more than a game, it’s a way of life. These days it’s completely global in all respects – fans, players,  and Owners.   The Premier League, England’s top division, is made up of 20 teams, six of which are … Continue reading

Posted in America, Pakistan, Russia | Leave a comment

Trafalgar Day 21 October

21 October each year sees parades around the UK in gentle commemoration of the 1805 Battle of  Trafalgar, a sea battle  between  the Brits and the French off Cape Trafalgar, near Cadiz in Spain.   In London around 400 young Sea … Continue reading

Posted in France | Leave a comment

Flag it up !

At  the South Bank (on the Thames) , at Jubilee Gardens,  near the “London “Eye”, stands a remarkably tall (say 60 feet / 20 meters?) wooden flagpole, atop of which flies the flag of the UK. The flagpole was a … Continue reading

Posted in Canada | Leave a comment

Transports of delight

October 2018 has seen some remarkably pleasant weather – brilliant afternoon sunshine and cloudless  deep blue skies  as are rarely seen.    And on such an afternoon within minutes of  each other two great countries caught our attention unexpectedly. Into … Continue reading

Posted in Singapore, Taiwan | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Japan Matsuri 2018

Each September Japan holds an all-day (10am to 8pm ! ) action-packed Matsuri (Autumn Festival) in Trafalgar Square. It’s a wonderful  display of Japanese culture.   2018 was the tenth anniversary in London.   [Matsuri 2016 is also on this blog here]. STAGE   … Continue reading

Posted in Japan | Leave a comment