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Celebrating Passover
3/29/2017
Celebrating Passover

One of the world's oldest religious traditions, the Jewish celebration of Passover dates back to the 3,000 year-old Jewish state and the biblical story of Moses, the Pharaoh and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

Today, the festival is celebrated everywhere by Jewish people across the world - over the eight days of Passover – starting after sunset on April 10th and ending on April 18th – and given Judaism's multi-ethnic, international character, there are a wide range of traditions followed across the world during this period.

Gibraltar's charoset
As part of the communal Passover Seder meal, many families around the world dine on charoset, a chunky paste made from ingredients such as ...

Celebrating Advent
11/17/2016
Celebrating Advent

Many countries and nations across the world celebrate the Christian occasion of Advent. More recently the trend has been for much of Western Europe to mark Advent with a calendar full of treats - typically chocolate - that spans from the 1st through to the 24th of December. However, the traditional Christian celebration of Advent is observed a little differently.

The period of advent is considered a holy celebration as Christians await the birth of Jesus. It gives Christians time to reflect on the miracle they believe Jesus' birth to be, and to take comfort in the light of hope this season offers them.

The period is marked differently depending on which denomination of Christianity is ...

Celebrating Halloween
10/6/2016
Celebrating Halloween

Often seen as a North American celebration that has slowly grown in popularity across the world, there is a lot of fun to be had at Halloween.

Come the last day in October, children (and many adults!) all over the world put on scary costumes and head out in search of sweet treats, passing by homes and gardens decorated with carved pumpkins and cobwebs. Horror films are watched and ghost stories are told - all to commemorate All Hallow's Eve; the night dedicated to remembering the dead.

The celebration and its traditions are believed to stem from Celtic harvest festivals - not North American religions - and the USA is not the only country that has taken the idea of Halloween and made it ...

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr
6/9/2016
Celebrating Eid al-Fitr

In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr translates as the 'festival of breaking the fast' – and is the name given to one of the most important religious festivals in the Muslim calendar.

Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the month of Shawwal, and every year, millions of Muslims throughout the world join in this vibrant, exciting and joyous celebration. But the way in which these celebrations take shape differs from each country to the next.

A time for celebration
Having spent 29 or 30 days fasting (this time being dependant on the state of the moon), Muslims see Eid al-Fitr as a time to celebrate. Across the globe, friends and family members are reunited as the streets ...

Celebrating Buddha's Birthday
5/10/2016
Celebrating Buddha's Birthday

A religion with a sum of believers estimated to number 350 million, Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world, and it is observed in countries as diverse as Vietnam, China, Japan and the USA.

A religion that teaches peace, harmony and enlightenment, one of its largest celebrations takes place in May, when people who follow the Mahayana branch of the faith celebrate and pray on the date said to mark Prince Siddhartha Gautama's birth.

South Korean Carnivals
A country with a sizeable Buddhist population, Korea's take on the celebration of Buddha's Birthday is an exciting experience. Known as "seokga tansinil", the majority of the country's population join approximately 15 million ...

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