Tag Archives: Celebrations

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

It’s that time of year again! Time to overspend for a few days of overindulgence, re-gift those presents we’ve kept hidden in the back of our cupboards for a year because we can’t stand to look at them, and beg both our livers and stomachs for forgiveness (other festivities are available). Every person who celebrates(…)


5 Holiday Traditions to Adopt this Season

I used to think I was crazy for wanting to sing Christmas carols in July. Turns out, carols used to not be just Christmas related; although they weren’t “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, they were originally pagan songs meant to be sung at solstices. Who’d have thought? Luckily I grew out of that(…)


10 Must-Know Phrases for Your Diwali Celebrations

Diwali is one of India’s biggest festivals of the year and an incredibly important holiday for Hindus. The celebrations occur over a period of five days and include numerous traditions, activities, and, yes, tasty treats. If you’re celebrating the Festival of Lights for the first time this coming week, you may find yourself overwhelmed (and(…)


How George Washington Got Us a 3-Day Weekend

A year after General George Washington, the first President of the United States, died in 1799, his February 22nd birthday became a day of remembrance and celebration. Following suit, in 1832, the centennial of his birth was celebrated nationwide. Then, in 1848, the Washington Memorial began construction. In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President(…)


The Gringo’s Guide to New Year’s Traditions in Latin America

Every holiday comes with its own traditions around the world, and New Year’s is no different. For most people in the United States, the festivities include watching the ball drop in Times Square, a final 60-second countdown, and kissing someone as the clock strikes midnight. With a glass of champagne in hand, everyone sings–or more(…)