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Archive for November 12th, 2014

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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]