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Archive for October, 2009

National Holidays »

It’s Holiday Season. In addition to Halloween, people across the world are celebrating national holidays, harvest holidays, religious holidays, and more this fall. That’s why we wanted to give our WWN contributors the chance to teach us all a little more about their own countries holidays. Every country has its own celebrations and just as [...]

August 15th in Belgium »

Hi everyone! So apparently we are dealing with national holidays for this issue of the Willamette World News Blog… And obviously this is a topic that we all like to talk about! I have to admit that I had a hard time choosing a holiday because as you might be aware of, we do have [...]

Allhelgonaafton »

It was only recently that Halloween ( in Sweden we call it Allhelgnonaafton) came to be celebrated in Sweden. It started 1995 and even now so many years later we still don’t celebrate it exactly the same way the US does. Sure there are carved pumpkins, costumes and scary decorations in orange and black coverings [...]

The Day of Race »

Once upon a time there was an Italian sailor named Christopher Columbus. One day, he heard a theory that the world was round and not flat, and motivated by that idea he talked to Queen Isabella of Spain because he was convinced it was easier to reach China or the East Indies by sailing from [...]

The Reunification Day on October 3 »

Hey! I am Saskia from Germany and I am the German Assistant for the Year 09/10. I was studying English and German for the last 4 Years in Münster. I just finished my Bachelors degree. I like so far being here and I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Stalin Still Haunting »

November 7th, up until a few years ago, was celebrated as an anniversary of the rise of Communist Party to power in Russia. I see symbolism in the controversy that is brewing at the present moment in Russia as this formerly important holiday approaches.

An event in Fall »

It is fall.
Fall in Japan is a season that represents sports and food, and we have a phrase: スポーツの秋 (Sports no Aki where Aki = fall)、食欲の秋 (Shokuyoku no Aki where Shokuyoku = appetite).
It is sensible to consider fall as the time of eating, and it probably comes from agricultural perspectives, but how come it is [...]

October 5, 1988 »

Independence Day in Chile is celebrated on September 18, and people usually take a whole week to celebrate and spend time with their love ones. But I already wrote about Independence Day in my first post at Willamette World News. Now, I will refer to a different date, October 5, which is the day that [...]

Songkran Water Festival »

The theme of this week is the national holiday event. For my country, Songkran Festival or Thai New Year festival is one of the coolest events in Thailand. It starts from April 13 and lasts between 3 and 10 days, depending on where you are in Thailand.

Autumn in Japan is awesome!! »

Ask the Japanese “What season is autumn for?”
They would say “”autumn is the season for sports.”
Another says “autumn is the season for eating.”
Maybe “autumn is the season for reading”
Or “autumn is the season for arts”

Mid-fall festival in Vietnam »

In the U.S there are quite a few holidays such as Thanksgiving, ­Xmas, labor day…..in Vietnam actually we don’t have that many long days-off holidays/vacations. But one of the longest festivals that youngsters and children wait for after their summers is mid-fall festival, which is held on 15 of August in moon calendar.

New China shows its pride on day of glory »

By Hu Yinan (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-10-02 07:47
Beijing was the center of jubilant national celebrations Thursday as the country marked 60 years since the founding of New China.

October 28th, Czechoslovakia Indpendence Day »

On October 28th, 1918, after the WWI ended, Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The country consisted of the present day territories of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Carpathian Ruthenia. During the period from 1918 until the WWII, the country enjoyed great freedoms, economic growth, scientific discoveries, cultural vibrancy and had the 7th [...]

Come celebrate the ‘Festival of lights’- Diwali »

One of my favorite festivals—Diwali. It’s one of the most celebrated events in India. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and people light rows of lights to commemorate heroic figures in Indian mythology that triumphed over the forces of evil. Diwali is also a propitious time for new endeavors, and many people [...]