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Celebrating the Winter Solstice: More than Just the Shortest Day of the Year

Learn more about winter solstice and some of the ways it is celebrated around the world.
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From Mud to Kimchi: Read About Some of South Korea’s Most Fun Festivals

Nowhere is South Korea’s diverse and vibrant culture more visible than at one of the country’s many festivals. Now in its 23rd year, the Boryeong Mud Festival has become one of the largest—and messiest—festivals in the world. Established in 1998…
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In Germany It’s All About the Sausage

Learn more about German wurst culture.
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How to be "extra" in Indonesia, and other slang terms

Learn some slang terms that might come in handy in Indonesia.
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Celebrating Peace, Unity, and Fishing at the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival

At the end of February and beginning of March, the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival—also known as the Argungu Dance Festival—takes place in the Nigerian state of Kebbi.
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Giving Thanks is Universal

While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in November, many cultures around the world express gratitude for nature’s bounty with their own unique thanksgiving and harvest celebrations.
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Planting Trees in India for Van Mahotsav

Here in the US, we celebrate trees annually with Arbor Day. In India, they honor trees for an entire week. During the first week of July, communities across India plant trees in honor of Van Mahotsav, or the Tree Festival. Started in 1950 by the…
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Finding Common Ground in a Turkish Cup of Coffee

The importance of coffee in Turkish culture dates back to the Ottoman Empire, when it became part of the Ottoman court’s lavish ceremonies. The sultan employed coffee makers who prepared the beverage for special occasions with the help of many…
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Celebrating Colombia’s Floral Heritage

Every August for eight days, the Colombian city of Medellin blossoms with color to celebrate one of the country’s most important festivals—the “Feria de las Flores” or Flower Festival.
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