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Celebrating Semana Santa in Mexico & Worldwide – Beyond Easter

There are forms of Easter celebrated all over the world. And you don’t have to be religious to have some form of family gathering, or celebration. However in Mexico this time of year brings a holiday that is second only to Christmas. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday people in Spain celebrate something called Semana Santa, a holy week filled with celebrations that are a mix of Catholic and Christian. This year Semana Santa falls during April 14th to April 20th. But what is Semana Santa? How do people celebrate Santa Semana in Mexico and around the world? Where is it celebrated? What is the difference between Easter and Semana Santa? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know!

Semana Santa celebration in Spain

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.

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.

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.

Celebrate International Women's Day -- Gift Baskets Overseas Blog

How To Love Yourself on Valentine’s Day

Be Your Own Valentine

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha

Valentine’s Day puts a lot of pressure on us to be in love and to demonstrate it with Valentine’s gifts and big romantic gestures. The holiday puts the emphasis on love for your significant other above everything else, but did you ever think that, YOU are actually the most significant person in your life? So why not make this day solely about loving and taking care of yourself ? After all, they say you can’t love someone else until your truly love yourself. So without further ado, here’s our guide for how to love yourself on Valentine’s Day.

How To Love Yourself on Valentine's Day -- Practical Guide from Gift Baskets Overseas

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.

How to Be Happier in The New Year -- Gift Baskets OVerseas Blog

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.

 

Gift Baskets Overseas Review from Long Distance Relationship Vloggers Sam and Monica

Monica Gartner and her boyfriend Sam Patterson are a well-known long distance relationship (LDR) couple and YouTube superstars with thousands of followers and devoted fans. In this video, they celebrate Monica’s birthday, the six-month anniversary of their channel, and share the unboxing experience of a romantic gift basket we sent them! Let’s watch the Gift Baskets Overseas review by Sam and Monica!

Unique Christmas Traditions Around The World

If you live in the US, I know you might already be tired of Christmas songs in every major retail store. It seems like it starts earlier and earlier every year. So I promise, there’s no playlist with overplayed holiday music anywhere on this page. But I do warn you, we are talking about Christmas, so much Christmas. So if you want to wait until December 1st, go ahead and save this for later. But if, like our team at GBO, you are trying to make sure you have the most stellar holiday to date: read on! I can say that since I started working for GiftBasketsOverseas 5 years ago I’ve learned so much more to help me fall in love with the holiday season all over again. What better time to share than now? If you’ve ever wondered how to celebrate Christmas in other countries, I’m here to give you some answers. What are the best Christmas gifts to send to your friends overseas? I’m helping there too. From sake, to mistletoe, fruitcake, to decorations, below we talk about some of the unique Christmas traditions around the world for the countries we deliver to the most!

Unique Christmas Traditions Around The World - Gift Baskets Overseas Blog

The Art Of Spa Day – Spa Gift Basket Tips for Home

Let’s face it: we could all use a “spa day” once in a while. Today’s world moves so fast that people wear themselves out balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. With all of the stresses of everyday life, it’s important to take some time for ourselves and just relax. But while we may need it, only a few of us actually have the time (or money) to be pampered with professional spa treatments. But that’s OK. Keep reading to learn our top spa gift basket tips.

Spa Gift Basket Tips - Lotions and Oils for moisturizing skin