Nation rushes to florists to celebrate Mother’s Day

Florists saw one of the busiest days of the year as Turkey marked Mother's Day on May 8.

Like most other countries in the world, Turkey celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May every year.

"Customers usually prefer wild flowers, such as carnations and daisies, on this day," said Yıldız Çalıoğlu, who is running a florist shop in Istanbul's Taksim Square.

Bulgarians Celebrate Palm Sunday

Today the Orthodox Church celebrates one of the great Christian holidays - the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem. Days before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, He was solemnly welcomed in the holy city by many people with palm branches and flowers. Hence the tradition of handing out willow twigs. The holiday is popular as Palm Sunday (Tsvetnitsa/Цветница or Vrabnitsa/Връбница).

From Kyiv to the Venice Biennale: Ukrainian artwork saved from war

On the day Russia invaded Ukraine, Maria Lanko loaded her car with several works of art and, like thousands of other Kyiv residents, headed west.

One of those pieces, a monumental installation by Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov, was set to be displayed in Ukraine's pavilion at the Venice Biennale.