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Celebrations in your Nation »

Hello Willamette,

After having just celebrated Halloween, we decided it would be appropriate to ask our contributors how they celebrate in their own countries. We asked them to include which holidays they celebrate—both those familiar and unfamiliar to Americans, what celebratory clothes or food they may enjoy, and what the alcohol/nightlife culture is like for them back home.

We hope you have a good read!

WWN Editors,

Hailee, Lara, and Jordan

/!\Please note: the statements made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

“Functioning Society of Alcoholics”: Celebrations in the UK »


The title above comes once or twice removed from one of my fellow internationals from the UK, who doesn’t drink. While that is definitely an option, it’s not one you come across too often. I wasn’t really sure how to define “holidays” as that back home just means when you have time off – Bank Holiday, Summer Holiday etc. (basically interchangeable with “vacation” over here). So as this is on celebrations, this is how we celebrate in the UK.
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“Please don’t give me good guy card!”— Celebration of Bachelor’s Day in modern China »


Talking about celebrations and holidays, you guys have probably already heard of traditional holidays such as the Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boast Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival….etc. Since I’m the Ning and I’m pretty sure there have been many Chinese students writing about those traditional ones, I want to write something that perhaps not many foreigners have heard of. It is a modern holiday with increasing popularity among the younger generation —- the Bachelor’s Day.
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The Grape Harvest Festival: Celebrating Wine »


The Grape Harvest Festival, or “Fiesta de la Vendimia” as it is originally called in Spanish, is the most important festival in Mendoza and the Cuyo region in Argentina.

Election of the Queen of the Grape Harvest 2014

Every year it attracts people from all over the country and many from all over the world. After Mendoza became the Eighth Great Wine Capital of the world in 2006, and also the host to the second most important Harvest Festival in the world (after Thanksgiving) according to National Geographic, it has been more and more recognized by its excellent offering of wines, especially Malbec blends. Read the rest

Las celebraciones de México »


Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize of literature, 1992, states in his book The Labyrinth of Solitude, that the Mexican discharges his soul during fiestas. In the United States, at our Fourth of July parades, spectators outnumber the participants. While, in México, there are no spectators. All people participate in the thousands of celebrations that take place yearly. “The life of every city and village is ruled by a patron saint whose blessing is celebrated with devout regularity.” “Fiestas are our only luxury, they replace theater and vacations.” To the uninitiated, the common fiesta in the country of México can appear to be utter chaos with booming, earth- shaking fireworks, loud music, smoke, costumes, alcohol, food, laughter, crying, and bright colors filling one’s eyes. Read the rest

Old New Year and Other Russian Holidays »

Hello wonderful Willametonians!

When it comes to holidays not typically celebrated in the United States, Russia has a whole calendar of them. Literally. Russia follows the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar\Julian calendar as well as the Gregorian calendar (which is the calendar Westerners use). An example of this would be how Russia celebrates New Year’s Day twice. They have what they call the New Year’s and the Old New Year\Orthodox New Year. New Year’s corresponds to January first on the Gregorian calendar, while the Old New Year corresponds to January first on the Orthodox calendar, but January fourteenth on the Gregorian calendar. While New Year’s is a holiday celebrated all over the world, in Russia it is an extremely large celebration similar in intensity to the American Christmas. Gifts are exchanged, trees are decorated, and parties are everywhere. Classic New Year’s movies are watched, there are, of course, fireworks, and everyone watches the clock in Red Square strike twelve on television.
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“Life is like a box of chocolates” »


My last article on French society made it clear that strikes are a part of our everyday life. So, in France, whenever public transportation isn’t working, and you are surely going to be late to an important appointment, a touch of hope almost always makes an entrance. It lies in this simple question: “Oh wait! Is it a public holiday?” And the answer to this question will determine if there will be no bus due to a strike, or if your bus is just late because of limited service on that day. Read the rest

Green, White & Gold (Absinthe, Malibu & Tequila): A beginner’s guide to Alcoholism »


Welcome to your cultural education lesson number 3 for Northern Ireland: my Nation’s Celebrations. Ireland has a few great traditions and given the drinking stereotype of my country, alcohol does play a role in many of them but of course not everything we celebrate has you reaching for the Guinness (although it may seem like I’m about to prove that wrong haha). Nevertheless most of these celebrations are about family and community so enjoy your reading.
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It’s similar, yet so different! »

Since around three-fourths of the population in Taiwan are immigrants from China, we share the same major holidays (such as Chinese New Year and Moon Festivals). Besides the nationally-occurring political holidays that actually get you out of school or work, many of the Taiwanese celebrations and festivals only happen regionally.

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Laternen, Nikolaus-Stiefel und Schützenfeste »


Dear readers,

When I first heard about this topic, I thought that there are way to many celebrations in Germany to talk about every one in any depth. Therefore, I’m going to write about celebrations coming up soon and also typical for where I’m from. I chose three which I will elaborate upon more in the following.
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Sustainability and Job Markets »

Hello Willamette!

For this issue, we decided to draw inspiration from Willamette’s sustainability agenda here on campus and asked our contributors to tell us about their country’s environmental efforts as they relate to the economy and the job sector. Prioritization of renewable energy, origins of popular global brands, fluctuations in different job markets, imports, exports, and the writers’ esteemed fields of work are all topics discussed in this issue.

We hope you get a chance to learn more about this very relevant subject in the articles written by some of our fantastic international students!

WWN Editors,

Hailee, Lara, and Jordan

/!\Please note: the statements made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Las economías de México y Los Estados Unidos »


As a dual citizen of both countries, my perspective is unique. Agriculture provided jobs for my parents to immigrate to the United States. The bracero program of the early 1940’s permitted one of the entry ways for men to work in this nation. The word stems from the word brazo, which means arm. Mexican men were invited to the United States to work in agriculture for a period of six months. They received permits and were encouraged to return after the holidays or after the spring time. California, Oregon, and Washington were states directly affected by this international hiring of workers. These two countries have extensive connections. Economically and otherwise, they continue to affect one another well into their southern and northern regions.
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From Renewable Energy to Birkenstock »

Dear Readers,

this entry focuses on Germany’s renewable energy, bicycle-friendly cities, exporting and German brands. I’ll try to give you some interesting and fun facts about German efficiency ;) If this sounds reasonably intriguing, please continue…
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Howdy from the land of Steak and Malbec! »

In this issue I will focus on two very attractive topics for me: economic activities and renewable energy. Well to begin with, I will start describing a little bit about Argentina’s economy. My country is well-known for having one of the best steaks in the world, but contrary to what many people think, that is not the only product that we export. Argentina is also highly popular for selling one of the best “Malbec” wines of the region as well as grains such as, soy (it is the third largest world producer) and wheat.  Read the rest