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Holidays & Traditions

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

Smorgasbord Julbord Sweden

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.
Allemansratten Swedish Camping

Concepts to Understand Sweden and Its Culture

Important concepts to understand Swedish culture, such as fika, allemansrätten, smorgasbord, ordning och reda, and lagom.

Baba Marta Day and Martenitsa in Bulgaria

Learn more about the Bulgarian tradition of Baba Marta Day, the Legend of Baba Marta, Martenitsa, and Pizho and Penda.
17th Century Art Depicting Peter and Paul

Petrovden, the Day of St. Peter and Pavel

Petrovden is a famous name day in Bulgaria, celebrated annually on 29th June; it is widely-celebrated, as it is the day of St. Peter and St. Pavel.
Smorgasbord Julbord Sweden

Julbord – The Traditional Swedish “Christmas Table” Meal

A traditional Christmas in Sweden is not complete without the traditional julbord, a holiday variation of the quintessential Smörgåsbord buffet-style meal in the Scandinavian country.
Vintner's Bush Osmizza Italy

Vintner’s Bush: One of the Oldest European Traditions

Vintner’s Bush has many forms and can be found in almost all European countries; it is one of the oldest traditions in Europe.
Christmas Decor

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.
NYC Times Square New Years Ball

18 Unique New Year’s Traditions

A list of 18 different New Year traditions from countries and cities around the world.
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Bulgarian Wedding Traditions, Part 2: At the Wedding

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

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.