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Krampusnacht

Krampus is a horned, demon-type creature, sometimes depicted as half man half goat. His name means “claw” and he’s possibly based on mythological creatures such as the satyrs. Mostly known in Austria and Bavaria, he said to visit on 5th … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox

Many cultures around the world hold celebrations on or close to the September equinox every year.  The date changes slightly due to it being based on the movement of celestial bodies rather than our modern calendar, with this year’s festival … Continue reading

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Poisson d’Avril

On the 1st of April in France they celebrate Poisson d’Avril. The idea of the day is to pin a paper fish on your friend’s back without them noticing. Nobody knows for certain where this tradition has come from but … 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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Trooping the Colour

This evocatively named ceremony is an annual event, and has become a well-known part of Britain’s famous royal pageantry.  It takes place every year on the Queen’s Official Birthday (this year 14th June) on the parade ground of Horse Guards … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Italy?

In Italy, Christmas celebrations begin 8 days before Christmas day with a period known as the Novena, which is a series of prayers.  During this time children dress up as shepherds, and go door to door singing, reciting poems and … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Denmark?

This is a guest post from Anne Christine Jensen of RS Globalization. Some of the most typically Danish Christmas traditions in December are: almost all families have a decoration with a “kalenderlys” (calendar candle) on which we count the days … Continue reading

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