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Saint Andrew’s Day

November 30th is the feast day of Saint Andrew, best known in the UK as the patron saint of Scotland.  It marks the first of a series of Scottish winter celebrations, which continues with Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night. Like … Continue reading

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The Story of the Dragon Nian

Once upon a time in China there lived a terrifying dragon called Nian. His home was under the sea, but once a year, on New Year’s Eve, he came to a nearby village where he ate their grain, their livestock … Continue reading

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Qi Xi Festival

The QiXi festival is known by several other names, including the Double Seventh Festival, Qiqiao, Chinese Valentine and the Festival of Young Girls. It is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, which this year is today, … Continue reading

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The legend of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

Long, long ago there lived a poor cowherd, named Niu lang. He had no parents and so lived with his older brother and sister-in-law who treated him very badly, until one day they drove him from the house completely. As … Continue reading

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Who was Good King Wenceslaus?

This is another guest post from my fabulous husband, Ian. Ian is a German to English translator and a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Good King Wenceslaus – The Story Behind the Carol. We all know the popular Christmas carol “Good … Continue reading

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Who was Babushka?

Before the revolution in Russia, all the children had heard of Babushka, who left them presents on Christmas Eve. These days not all Russians know the story as New Year is a more important celebration to Russians, but the story … Continue reading

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St George’s Day

“Cry God for Harry, England and Saint George!” William Shakespeare, Henry V When the name of St George is mentioned in Britain these days, our thoughts turn to English patriotism, as summed up in Shakespeare’s rousing conclusion to King Henry … Continue reading

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