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Chinese New Year

objects used to celebrate Chinese new year: red envelopes, lanterns etc

Happy Year of the Horse! With the Western festive season well and truly over, January can seem dull, grey and depressing in comparison. But there is something else to look forward to: the Chinese New Year. Based on a combination ... Read More »

Thanksgiving: a potted history

Thanksgiving Table with food and decoration

What is Thanksgiving? I had to ask on Facebook what Thanksgiving is all about as I’ve never been entirely sure! So Jane kindly wrote this to help me and inform those of you who are unaware of the history behind ... Read More »

Easter traditions

Easter traditions; easter eggs, easter bunny

What is Easter? Although the Easter weekend is the principal religious feast of the Christian year, most of its traditions actually have no basis in Christianity at all. In fact, the Jewish festival of Passover is more closely linked to ... Read More »

Mother’s Day around the world

Young girl and her mum with a bouquest of flowers for Mother's Day

  Mother’s Day – a global tradition Mother’s Day is commemorated worldwide although the dates differ from country to country. For example, Mother’s Day in Norway is the second Sunday in February while in Mexico it’s always on May 10th. ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day: history and traditions around the world

Red and white love hearts, Valentine's Day around the world

St Valentine’s Day, 14th February, has become one of the more commercialised dates in the calendar. We all know that Valentine’s Day is traditionally used for people to declare their love for one another and usually involves sending of cards, ... Read More »