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Baby's First Haircut

Hair plays an important role in many cultures. The first haircut can have significance as a tradition or rite of passage in certain regions, cultures and religions.  In many Asian cultures for instance, it is believed that shaving a baby's first head of hair helps to promote new hair growth.  Here we have collected a few interesting traditions around the world with respect to a baby's first haircut. Perhaps you know of other traditions.  Let us know!

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Internationalize Your New Year’s Resolutions

Here, we look at some common resolutions, and some things you can do internationalize them.

How to Stay Healthy and Safe Abroad

Whether or not you have been traveling abroad for the holidays this month, or are planning a trip for next year, it's important to stay up-to-date with information on how to stay safe, from knowing the emergency call number of the country you're visiting to registering your trip with the Department of State. The following article highlights seven tips for staying safe abroad.

The History of Boxing Day

What is Boxing Day, and where did it originate? The following piece from The Guardian, originally published last year, dives into the history of the day.

For Hanukkah, the comforts of fried foods around the world

Tonight marks the start of Hanukkah, the eight day festival of lights. According to Chabad.org:

Countries in Perspective

DLIFLC's Countries In Perspective begin with a Country Profile containing basic facts, followed by more detailed discussion of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

Cultural Orientation

DLIFLC's Cultural Orientation introduces a given cultural group, combining brief language exchanges with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts.

Bringing Solar Power to Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over half of the population is without access to electricity. Many companies across Africa are bringing solar power, and more, to urban and rural communities.

25 Interesting Facts About Moldova

Check out these 25 interesting facts about Moldova, an Eastern European country with whom the US military has developed a strong working relationship.

Social Dynamics in Sri Lanka

A service member discusses social dynamics in Sri Lanka.