Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights (and Sweets), in Pictures

Diwali (or Deepavali) is India’s most significant holiday. Though technically a Hindu festival, Diwali is celebrated throughout India by members of many different faiths.

The five-day party begins in October or November, and honors the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. This year, it starts this Tuesday (November 10) or Wednesday (November 11), depending on where you are.

Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, or good over evil, which explains its other name, “the festival of lights.” Light features prominently in Diwali celebrations, in the form of candles and fireworks. People have time off from work and new clothes are purchased and ...

Hunting Birds and Honey and Weed in Tanzania

Believe it or not, reaching into killer bees’ nests with their bare hands isn’t the most impressive thing about the Hadza people of Tanzania. The truly remarkable thing about the Hadza is that thanks to their hunter gatherer lifestyle, they have lived in Hadza land for 40,000 years and left zero environmental impact.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to remote parts of the world to document the evolution of diet. Our video team captured his NG Live lectures about this work in a series of seven videos.

Watch as Hadza men—the last remaining hunter-gatherers—hunt everything but ...

Crete’s Motto May Be Live Long, Eat Well, and Prosper

The people living on the Greek island of Crete have reaped the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet since long before it became popular with the rest of the world. Enjoying olive oil, fresh herbs, and seafood, all grown, gathered or caught from their surroundings, has made Cretans happy and healthy.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world to document the evolution of diet. Our video team captured his lectures about this work in a series of videos.

Watch as Paley experiences a joyous, never-ending Cretan meal complete with snails, dozens of wild herbs, ...

In Borneo, Eating Means Living the Life Aquatic

Skinny jeans and a spear is all you need to hunt octopus in the clear turquoise waters of Borneo. For the Bajau people of Malaysia, it’s not just their diet that’s oceanic, it’s their entire way of life. Living either in stilt houses over the water or on handmade boats, the Bajau are intimately connected to the ocean and the food they get from it.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world documenting the evolution of diet.  Our video team captured his NG Live lectures about this work in a series of ...

In Northern Pakistan, Women Travel Far to Gather the Feast

A two-hour trek across a rickety hanging bridge is just the first step to cooking dinner in northern Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, where subsistence farming is the norm. Burusho women make this daily journey together for firewood in order to cook foods like chapati or pasta with dried apricots. For them, it's worth the effort, because dinner is an important ritual and a time for their their families to come together.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world documenting the evolution of diet.  Our video team captured his NG Live lectures about ...

Bolivian Amazon Dwellers Eat All the Jungle Offers

Unlike the meat-heavy diet of the Inuits and Kyrgyz, the Tsimane people of the Bolivian Amazon survive primarily on plants like plantains and corn. Meat only becomes part of the meal if a member of the tribe catches an armadillo, coati, or rodent, which is then cooked by being tossed directly into the fire.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world documenting the evolution of diet. Our video team captured his National Geographic Live! lectures about this work in a series of videos.

Watch as Paley accompanies Tsimane children hunting for rodents, learns which berries ...

Meat Is the Meal in Remote Afghanistan, Greenland

Vegetarianism isn’t an option for the Kyrgyz in Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor or for Inuits in Greenland. Whether it’s yaks or seals, the diet of both communities is almost exclusively meat, since few plants can survive in such harsh climates.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world to document the evolution of diet. Our video team captured his NG Live! lectures about his work in a series of videos starting with these two.

Watch as Paley learns how to trade yaks for flour (or cigarettes or candy) in Wakhan Corridor. "If you are a vegetarian, it will be ...

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