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Icon Building Competition

Day 103 of 164 Days Around the World Cruise



Be inspired by our world cruise itinerary, and build an iconic image of your choice. Some examples: the peaks of Bora Bora; a terraced rice field in Bali; a Chinese pagoda; a statue at Luxor; the Eiffel Tower; a bouquet of tropical flowers; a colorful market stall; or perhaps kangaroo, koala or Komodo dragon in its natural habitat!

Here are some general guidelines:

  • You may create your icon in teams of up to 6

  • Your icon must be a representative of something we could see on Our world cruise itinerary.

  • It must be a 3-D re-creation. In other words, no paintings or photographs can be submitted as your entry.

  • Use recyclable materials found onboard or ashore - but no ship prop terty such as towels, trays, cutlery, china, linens, etc.

  • There are no size limitations, but keep in mind the following judging criteria.

  • Points are awarded for creativity, artistic workmanship, use of recyclable materials, presentation, and resemblance to the icon inspiration.

You will have ample time to create vour icon before we announce the official judging. Good luck and have fun!

Indian elephants are an integral part of Indian culture and history, and they have played a significant role in the country's development. The Indian elephant, also known as the Asian elephant, is a subspecies of the elephant family found in Asia. These gentle giants are revered in Indian mythology and considered a symbol of power, wisdom, and peace.

One of the most famous Indian elephants is Ganga. Ganga was born in 1950 in Mysore, India, and was owned by the royal family of Mysore. She was trained as a working elephant and was often used for ceremonial purposes. Ganga gained fame when she was selected to participate in the annual Dasara festival in Mysore.

The Dasara festival is a ten-day-long event that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The festival culminates in a grand procession in which an elephant carries the golden howdah, a seat for the royal deity, around the city. Ganga carried the golden howdah for 14 consecutive years, from 1980 to 1994, making her the longest-serving elephant to carry the howdah.

Ganga was known for her gentle nature, intelligence, and excellent memory. She was also famous for her distinctive tusks, which were large and beautifully curved. Ganga's popularity made her a national icon, and she was featured on postage stamps and coins.

Sadly, Ganga passed away in 1997 due to natural causes, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered forever. Her story is a testament to the intelligence and gentle nature of these magnificent creatures and their importance in Indian culture.

In conclusion, Indian elephants are an integral part of Indian culture and history, and Ganga is a shining example of their importance. Her gentle nature, intelligence, and distinctive tusks made her a national icon and a symbol of power, wisdom, and peace. Ganga will always be remembered as a beloved member of the Indian elephant community, and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

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