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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(…)


Population Boom, Language Bust: Homogenization at Work

Since modern science has extended life spans and lowered infant and child mortality rates, world population has been increasing at an exponential rate leading to major changes in human migration. This migration has created larger and larger populous centers that has resulted in cultural homogenization and the dominance of fewer languages (ahem, English). Okay, that’s(…)


Show Me The Love! How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Around the World

Some people hate Valentine’s Day with a fiery passion, while others enjoy the opportunity to indulge in their more sentimental and romantic side. A holiday that has traditionally called for secret letters to those you love and chocolates for those you hold dear, is celebrated slightly differently everywhere. Learn more about Valentine’s traditions all over(…)


Minding Your Manners Around the World

We’re all raised told what is or isn’t acceptable in polite company, so that when we’re fully grown we don’t really think about all the little things we do (or don’t do) that are considered polite or rude. It’s not until you have to learn to mind your manners in another culture that you realise(…)