Cultural Preservation

Person holding out shaped pot (Dave Cooper/USAID)

Connecting Peruvian artists to the world

Learn about a U.S.-backed program that helps former coca farmers find legitimate work like pottery and connects them with producer associations.
Hand lighting candle with long match in row of memorial candles (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. See some of the memorials around the world that honor victims of the Holocaust in different ways.
People presenting large drawing of rat (© Xin Huashe/Xinhua/Getty Images)

Lunar New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

January 25 is the start of the Lunar New Year, celebrated worldwide. 2020 is the Year of the Rat, which the U.S. is honoring with a new postage stamp.
People crossing city crosswalk in front of cars (© Roy Essoyan/AP Images)

Iran: A thriving modern society before 1979 revolution [photo essay]

These photographs show how Iran was a thriving modern society before the 1979 revolution. They also attest to Iran's potential to become one again.
Painting showing boy sitting in tree by mountain (© Katsushika Hokusai/Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art)

Hokusai: ‘Mad about painting’ exhibition in Washington

Japanese master artist Hokusai was a "man mad about painting." And a new exhibition at the Freer Gallery shows how brilliant an obsession it was.
Top of large structure (© Shutterstock)

U.S. helps Tunisia restore national treasure

The world's second-largest ancient colosseum is getting a makeover, with help from a U.S. grant. The project could boost tourism in Tunisia.
A multicolored shape against black background (NOAA)

Protecting the Titanic wreck site

The Titanic is an important historical artifact. Under an agreement that has now come into force, the wreck site will be protected and secured.
Pictures and candles for a Day of the Dead display (U.S. Embassy Mexico City)

Honoring local holidays is a U.S. diplomatic tradition

U.S. Embassy staff members around the world often join in celebrating local holidays in their host countries, honoring all religions.
Three champagne glasses filled with grapes (© Larry Crowe/AP Images)

Eat this for good luck in the new year

On New Year's Eve, many people follow traditions and fill up on superstitious dishes they hope will bring them wealth and good fortune in the upcoming year.