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 [...]
Archive for October 27th, 2009
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]