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Vesak Day in Singapore – Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday

There are many Buddist holidays throughout the year, but Vesak Day in Singapore is one of the most important. The holy festival also known as Buddha’s Birthday brings diverse people from all over the world to celebrate. Vesak Day commemorates the highlights in Siddhartha Gautama’s life, celebrating his greatest teachings and spiritual leadership . Accompanied by beautiful rituals, Vesak Day memorializes three major events in the life of Gautama. First, his birth, then his enlightenment and nirvana, and finally his passing. Each event includes stunning ceremonial rituals. Let’s take a deeper look at Vesak Day in Singapore.

Vesak Day Celebration in Singapore

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What is Mothering Sunday in UK?

Even though people compare Mothering Sunday in the UK to Mother’s Day in US, it is actually quite a different holiday. The two holidays have no historical connection and people celebrate them on different dates. These two festivals do have one main thing in common: they celebrate the most important women in our lives, our dear mothers. But that was not always the case. Originally, daughters who worked far from home had Mothering Sunday in UK as a day off to visit family and “mother” church. Today, it is a day for all children to show appreciation for their mothers and give them flowers, cards, and heartfelt Mother’s Day gifts.

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All You Need To Know About Japanese Girls’ Day

When the spring’s warmth comes to Japan, it is also time for one of its most beautiful traditional holidays: Hinamatsuri. Also known as Japanese Girls’ Day or Doll’s Festival, this annual festival falls on March 3rd to celebrate young girls in Japan and to wish them good health, happiness and a successful marriage.

Japanese Girls’ Day – Hina Doll
Hina dolls (Japanese traditional doll) are totems for prosperity, and often prized possessions for Japanese girls, passed down from generation to generation.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with 3 Great Women In History

Throughout history and across cultures, women have faced countless challenges and inequalities. But there have always been those inspiring ladies who push society to move forward, think bigger and evolve. To celebrate International Women’s Day, annually observed on March 8th, we’d like to take a moment and tell the stories of 3 great women in history women whose bravery and dedication helped shape our world. The following ladies are wonderful examples of ceaseless curiosity, rare courage and progressive thinking. Thanks to each of them, women all over the world are able to live with more freedom and bigger dreams.

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How to Be Happier in The New Year

It’s hard to disagree that New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start. It’s that time of year when we are all motivated to zero in on personal goals and shake the things up in all aspects of life. But unfortunately, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, less than 10% of people actually keep their New Year resolutions. We often set goals which are either too ambitious or too restrictive to maintain in the long term. These unrealistic plans are very hard to stick with throughout the year and most of them don’t last more than a month. Another problem is that in pursuit of fulfilling our New Year resolutions we often forget the ultimate goal: our personal happiness. Here to help you is our guide to how to be happier in the New Year.

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Orthodox Christmas Traditions Around The World

For hundreds of millions of people around the world, Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. While those in the US and Western Europe celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th, over a hundred million Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th. Today, let’s take a closer look at unique Orthodox Christmas traditions around the world. Many countries – including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, Moldova and Kazakhstan – observe Christmas according to the Julian calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregorian. Even though all these countries are Orthodox and share a common thread in their Christmas celebrations, there are also many varied traditions from country to country.

 

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Gift-Giving Traditions in Germany – How To Send Gifts To Family & Friends

Attitudes and values are the foundation of every country’s culture and the building blocks for many traditions. To understand gift giving traditions in Germany, you should first understand German etiquette and culture in general. In this article, we delve into the rich cultural heritage of Germany, exploring time-honored gift-giving customs and etiquette. Whether you’re searching for traditional German gifts, thoughtful presents for German friends, or wedding gift ideas in Germany, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we embark on a journey through the heartwarming world of German gift traditions and discover delightful German gift ideas to make every occasion truly special.

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Holiday Traditions in Brazil

Since Brazilian Independence Day is coming soon, we wanted to take a closer look at holiday traditions in Brazil. Festivals are an integral part of the local culture. Brazil is a renowned party destination with plenty of regional holidays and celebratory events to experience.

If you’ve got friends, family or colleagues in the largest country in South America, this guide will tell you the most popular holidays in Brazil. We’ll also look at regional etiquette for gift-giving (and social faux pas to avoid), as well as some of the best gift ideas to Brazil for each event.

The Flag of Brazil waves for Brazilian Independence! - Holiday Traditions in Brazil

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How to Celebrate Independence Day in Ukraine

Independence Day in Ukraine

On August 24th the bright blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag will decorate the streets of all cities big and small across Ukraine. Also known as ‘День незалежності України’ (Den’ Nezalezhnosty Ukrainy’), this holiday is officially called Ukraine’s Independence Day. A very important national holiday, it commemorates Ukrainian Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

To this day, Independence Day in Ukraine is celebrated with great pomp. Ukrainians have always had their own culture and language, but for centuries were dominated by Russia, Poland, Turkey and other countries. Because of this, the holiday carries extra significance, allowing Ukrainians to express their love for a country ruled by and for them. The day has come to remember the heroes of Ukraine’s past and honor those who fought for their nation’s freedom.

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What to Do With Leftover Apple & Honey Gifts from Rosh Hashanah?

Are you one of the lucky ones who’s being lavished with tons of Rosh Hashanah gifts every year? So many that you can’t even wrap your head around what to do with all these delicious goodies? Or maybe this time around you just want to make your traditional celebration a little bit different?

Gift giving etiquette does not allow you to re-gift, and honestly, you probably don’t want to do it. Besides, why would you if there are so many exciting ways to use all the honey, apples, and pomegranates from your kosher gift basket in ways you’d never thought possible! So, if after the celebration you still have plenty of gifts received for Rosh Hashanah as leftovers, just keep on reading to find out how to get the most of them:

Apples & Honey: the most traditional of Gifts Received for Rosh Hashanah

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