New Year’s Eve: Break Dishes Friends’ Doorstep

What would normally be considered vandalism, the Danish have a very old tradition of breaking dishes on the doorsteps of family an...


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New Year’s Eve: Out (the window) With the Old

You’ve heard the expression “out with the old and in with the new.” Well, in South Africa, people take this literally on New...


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New Year’s Eve: Drink Wishes in Champagne

If there was ever a case for organic, soy-based ink, it’s this tradition. In Russia, on New Year’s Eve, revelers write their w...


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Christmas in Eastern Orthodox Church

According to Russian Easter Orthodox religion, January 7th is the day Christ was born, hence the day they celebrate Christmas. Ort...


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Yinekokratia: The Feast of all Women

In many northern villages in Greece, married people celebrate Yinekokratia, or, the feast of all women. On January 8th every year,...


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National Shortbread Day

How awesome is this... A tradition around eating a dessert!! The shortbread hails from Scotland, and has three ingredients traditi...


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Chinese Wedding

A Chinese wedding involves a disproportionate amount of the color red! Getting married in China traditionally was an elaborate aff...


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Coming of Age Day Tradition (Seijin no Hi)

In Japan, you are considered a legal adult (drink, vote, smoke) when you are 20. In celebration of becoming an adult, municipal go...


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St. Knuts Day

Who knew that a Halloween-like holiday was available after Christmas?! St. Knuts Day is on the 20th day after Christmas, where tra...


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Go out for Tapas

In Spain, going out for tapas (tapear in Spanish), is a longstanding tradition. But, it’s also a misconstrued term as it has gai...


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The Lantern Festival: China

Marking the end of the most important holiday period in China, Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival is a spect...


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St. George Day

This decidedly British (though widely celebrated throughout the world) holiday takes on special meaning for my family, since my co...


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