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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfiftyfifty

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPfiftyfifty, which asked participants to capture photographs where the subject took up half, or fifty-percent, of the image. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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The United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa (برج خليفة)

Want to see more photos of the Burj Khalifa? Visit the Burj Khalifa برج خليفة and the Top of the Burj Khalifa location pages.

Sunday, December 2 was the National Day of the United Arab Emirates, honoring the UAE’s formal independence from the United Kingdom and the eventual unification of the seven emirates in 1971. To celebrate, we’re highlighting photos of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world and one of the country’s most stunning sights.

The Burj Khalifa is in Dubai’s business district, and stands 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) tall. It took 6 years and $1.5 billion to construct, and houses the world’s highest nightclub (on the 144th floor), the world’s highest restaurant (122nd floor), the world’s fastest elevators (64km/h or 40mph), and, on New Year’s, the world’s highest display of fireworks. It’s named after the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support of the tower, and was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the new One World Trade Center in New York City.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPneonsigns

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPneonsigns, which asked participants to capture photographs of neon signs. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Belém Brazil’s Círio de Nazaré

Spotlight Want to see more from yesterday’s festivities? check out the #ciriobemnafoto hashtag, and the Círio 2012 location page.

During the second Sunday of October, hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful gather in Belém, Brazil for Círio de Nazaré, often referred to as the “Christmas of the Amazon.”

Círio de Nazaré—known informally as “Cirio”—celebrates the story of Plácido José de Souza, a farmer who found an image of the Virgin Mary and took it home. The image mysteriously returned to the site where it was found, prompting the farmer to build a chapel there.

The site is now home to the Basilica of Nazaré, and the celebratory procession from the Basilica to the Cathedral of Sé attracts over 1 million pilgrims a year.