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Holidays and traditions of different countries, places, and peoples, along with the customs, superstitions, ideas, etiquette and/or stories behind them.

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Babinden, Bulgaria’s Midwife’s Day

Babinden, Midwife’s Day in Bulgaria, is a holiday that’s been celebrated for many years to honor the midwives who helped with home births.
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Koleduvane: A Bulgarian Christmas Tradition

Bulgarians have some great traditions, and the pre-Christmas Koleduvane is certainly one of them, a mix of pagan rituals and Christian symbols.

International Women’s Day

On March 8th of each year, the world now recognizes and celebrates International Women's Day. This is a day set aside, officially observed in...

Stepping on the Bull’s Balls in Milan

For anyone that's ever made it to Milan, you've no doubt spent at least a bit of time within the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II,...
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Nikulden: St. Nikola’s Day, Bulgaria

Nikulden is the Bulgarian version of St. Nick's Day. Read more about the legends, traditions, and customs of this holiday in this post!
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5 Fantastic Places To Spend The Festive Season

Bethan takes a look at five very different places to enjoy the Christmas and holiday season from all around the world, including Paris & NYC.

The Legend of Nian and the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year (Nónglì Xinnián in pinyin), also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In...

Happy Diwali, Everyone!

In case you haven't heard, today marks the start of Diwali, an important festival throughout a large portion of southern and central Asia, as...
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Bulgarian Wedding Traditions, Part 3: At the Wedding (Continued)

This is part one of a four-part look into the culture and traditions of Bulgarian weddings and marriage, specifically the wedding itself.

Sunday Brunch in NYC: Quintessential New York City

New York City is known around the world for many things. Whether it's food, such as our dirty water dogs, bagels with lox, pizza,...