Life around the World Contest Continues

Welcome back to the Life around the World contest!

The last post showed fish swim in the South Pacific off the popular holiday island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Surrounded by a lagoon and a coral reef, Bora Bora is famous for its overwater bungalows with glass floors that provide a window to the sea life below.

Keep reading to see the next photo in the contest!

As a reminder, here are the details about the contest:

Each month, we will release a photo from a cover of Life Second Edition on the In Focus Blog.

We want you to submit your best guess of where in the world this photo was taken. Try to tell us as much as you can about the photo!

Please submit your best guess in the comments section below.

The first person who guesses correctly will win a National Geographic prize and a student book from the second edition of Life! Each month we will reveal the previous month’s photo location on the In Focus blog.

Here is this month’s photo from the advanced level of Life Second Edition (British English). Do you know where this photo was taken? Have you been there? Please use the comment section below to tell us more! 

The cover photo from Life Second Edition Advanced Level

Author: National Geographic Learning

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  1. This photo was taken in the south of Sagar Island in West Bengali, India, at the confluence of the Hooghly River (Ganga) and the Bay of Bengal. We can see women drying colourful traditional clothes, presumably after the sacred ritual bathing in the Gangasagar estuary during the Gangasagar Mela, the largest fair celebrated in West Bengal. The holy dip takes place on 14 January, the day of the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti. (I haven’t been to India.)

  2. Wow, Ana B. that was a well thought out and informative response. Thank you, now I need to go read more on the subject.

  3. It is definitely near any of the ghats(religious bathing place) in India. It could be in Bengal or Varanasi or any other ghat in north india. My guess is that it could be Gangasagar celebrations in west Bengal near any of those islands or it could be the banks in Kolkatta or in Uttrakhand state near any of the ghats where women are drying their sarees after the holy dip.

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