Mother’s Day Ideas

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Winter Solstice

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

In the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st and 22nd, the longest night of the year takes place, commonly known as the winter solstice.  This astronomical phenomenon has been celebrated all around the world since the ancient times as the “return” of the sun.  Some of these older traditions have even influenced popular holidays that are widely celebrated today, like Christmas and Hanukkah. To get a sense of the different types of celebrations of the winter solstice, multiple traditions from around the world are described throughout this piece.

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Chinese Zodiac

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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The shēng xiào means “birth likeness” or “born resembling,” is also known in English as the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its attributes. Traditionally, these zodiac animals were used to

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The Women of Kayan

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

In the Far East, in northern Thailand there are native women in tribes that carry on a thousand year long tradition, these are the Kayan women. Originally, the Kayan came from Myanmar, but now are located in northern Thailand in multiple villages. There is only a small portion of Kayan women and girls who carry on the unique tradition of wearing brass neck-rings. Since this tradition began, the other natives have called the brass-neck tribe ‘Yan Pa Doung’ which means ‘Kayan brass wound people’.

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Traditional Food Around the World

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

There are about 200 countries in the world, and every country has its own traditional food. Food is part of every country’s culture.  It is what makes countries unique. Do you know each countries’ traditional food?

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Day of the Dead Festivities

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Each year on November 1st and November 2nd there are unique celebrations that will take place in Mexico. These celebrations are called the Day of the Dead festivities. The Day of the Dead originates from the 16th century and is a collaboration of Mesoamerican and European traditions.

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Chinese Calligraphy

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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Chinese calligraphy is a unique visual art based on Chinese characters. It boasts a long history and a good variety of styles, which are divided into

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Bayanihan

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In the Philippines, Bayanihan is a tradition that involves moving an entire home to a new location. This custom involves villagers who gather to help lift up a home and then to carry it over a far distance. In some instances, it is done to avoid damage from impending floods or landslides, but in most cases it is done to simply help another family in the community.

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Double Ten Day

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

taiwanDid you know that October 10th is a major holiday celebrated in Taiwan? The National Day of Taiwan is also referred to as Double Ten Day or Double Tenth Day (双十节 Shuāng shí jié). It is celebrated on October 10th, which is why

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Going out for Tapas!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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Spanish tapa is known to be a great experience that many tourists, who visit Spain, seek out and which many Spaniards enjoy daily. Tapas is one of the most famous Spanish traditions that consists of eating small cuisine dishes in-between meals. Served in many bars around Spain, tapas has become a whole new experience of sophisticated cuisine designed to encourage conversation. Since tapas meals are served much smaller and to accompany drinks, people are not focused on eating an entire meal and instead are focused on each other. Tapas is not really a certain type of food but more a way of Spanish eating.

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