Tag Archives: Holidays

10 Valentine’s Day Traditions All Around the World

Romance in the Philippines

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, stores are flooded with candy hearts, chocolates and stuffed animals. In the U.S., shelves brimming with teddy bears and boxes of chocolate are typical Valentine’s Day fare, but not every country turns to greeting cards and heart-shaped candies to declare love. Some exchange wooden spoons and pressed flowers, […]

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February 11, 2016 by | Comments Off on 10 Valentine’s Day Traditions All Around the World

25 Places to Spend Christmas Around the World

Switzerland during Christmas. Photo credit: Olivier Bruchez via Flickr.

With city skylines glittering with illuminations and enough festive delicacies to make everyone loosen their belt buckles a few notches, the Christmas season is upon us once again. The only question is: Where should you spend the big day? Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere of Europe’s vibrant Christmas markets, visit Santa’s hometown, […]

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December 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment

20 New Year’s Eve Parties Around the World

See the dazzling fireworks at Rio de Janeiro's New Year's celebration on Copacabana beach.

As the Christmas lights start to fade and the holiday season is coming to an end, there’s still one final bash to send out 2015. With the New Year just around the corner, now’s the time to make your New Year’s resolutions, drink away the last year’s regrets and celebrate starting all over again in […]

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December 10, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July

There's no better place to watch fireworks than on a beach! Photo credit: Kyle Nishioka via Flickr.

For many Americans, July 4th is a family holiday — it involves backyard barbecues, maybe a parade through town and a local fireworks show. Some people, however, have dreams of celebrating the nation’s birthday with more pizzazz. Thankfully, there are plenty of options around the country that deliver 4th of July festivities worth traveling for. […]

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July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Commemorating ANZAC Day in Turkey and Australia

State War Memorial in Kings Park, Perth, Australia

The UK has Remembrance Day, the US has Memorial Day and Down Under we have ANZAC Day. Every child in Australia and New Zealand knows December 25 is Christmas Day, and April 25 is ANZAC Day. During our time at school, we learn about the day when Australia truly grew up and became a real […]

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April 22, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Halloween Tours: Ghosts, Ghouls, & Haunted Histories

Savannah cemetery

Who needs to hang out with the living, when you can go and visit the dead? With Halloween just around the corner, there is a fabulous and fascinating itinerary of ghosts and gravestones, haunted histories and underground vaults to be explored – from Memphis to the Orbs of Oahu, via Vegas, Rome, Venice, Stockholm and […]

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October 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment

New Year Traditions Around the World

12 uvas nocheviejas

What are you doing when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve? Depending on where you are, this answer could vary. In America, there is the tradition of watching the ball drop from Times Square in NYC (or the Peach drop in Atlanta and so on), along with an impressive fireworks display that rivals […]

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December 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

How and Where to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Offerings

No holiday celebrates death quite like Latin America’s Día de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’. The roots of this peculiar festival date back to number of ancient Mesoamerican cultures, all of which shared a fascination with death, but the main influence came from the Aztecs, who dominated central Mexico before the arrival of […]

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October 1, 2013 by | Comments Off on How and Where to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Christmas Markets and Day-Trips from London

The markets at Winchester, "The English Capital of Christmas Markets"

At this time of year the three great cathedral cities of England‘s south east, Canterbury, Chichester and Winchester, all within about 60 miles of London, offer a particularly attractive alternative to the often glacial demeanour of the average shopping mall. They also provide the visitor with the added attraction of getting down with some culture […]

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December 7, 2011 by | Comments Off on Christmas Markets and Day-Trips from London

The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

The National Christmas Tree at the White House

In 1923, the 1st Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, would start the tradition of the lighting the National Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington DC. On Christmas Eve of 1923, the first tree was a 48 ft. Balsam Fir from Coolidge’s native state of Vermont, lit on the south side […]

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November 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC