As a tradition that is observed by Christians in every corner of the world – and featuring a rich history and an equally extensive and varied set of customs – Easter is Christianity's most important holiday.
Held on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring, this year Easter is being celebrated over the weekend of March 27th. A large proportion of the world's 2.2 billion Christians will be observing the event, but how did Easter come about? How do different people choose to celebrate?
Truly ancient traditions
Today, Good Friday and Easter are firmly affixed to the Christian calendar, but the celebration was first celebrated in AD 325, just less than 300 years after Christ was ...
The capital of Kenya is a thriving melting pot of culture, enjoyment and energy. Fast-paced, sultry and wonderfully varied, Nairobi's romantic yet bustling atmosphere makes for a wonderful experience.
Nairobi is one of the African continent's few global cities and its primary commercial centre, yet the city's inception was humble, beginning life as a railway workers' camp in 1899. As a British colony and through independence, the city grew to be a hotbed of business activity, and today is one of the most thriving places in Africa, containing all of the unforgettable sights and activities you would expect from such a prominent location.
Here, the many cultures and natural ...
Throughout Munich, contemporary culture and history walk together, hand in hand. From the Olympic Park in the north to Berchtesgaden in the east, the only thing separating the past from the present is the occasional autobahn, beer hall or cobbled footpath.
The capital of the quintessentially German state of Bavaria, and home to a range of historical and cultural experiences not found anywhere else in the country, Munich offers something for every taste.
The frescoes of St. Peter's Church, the dusky spires of the Marienplatz's Rathaus, and the pretty modern façade of the Brandhorst Museum; the architectural styles running through the city tell a story of renewal, from ...
When discussing the social trends, ties and activities that link the world together, it would be wrong to ignore the significance of beer. From China to South Africa, Chile to Croatia, beer consumption is a common feature – and that, for many countries, is a cause for celebration.
Throughout the world, beer festivals have a habit of popping up left, right and centre - and that is a good thing! By offering both a range of independent ales and international brands, beer enthusiasts are presented with a great opportunity to sample a bounty of beautiful beers throughout the year. To get involved, all you need to do is make sure you pick the right festival to suit you and your taste!
Longer days, bluer skies, and the feeling that everything is coming back to life again - there are many reasons to love spring, but having a reason to love the outdoors again is a common theme across them all! There are few better places to enjoy an al fresco spring than in the many cities of Europe.
From the UK to Switzerland, there are a whole host of beautiful European cities that are bursting into life once more now that winter is on the way out - here you will find our favourite locations, and the perfect springtime activities to pursue within them.
Berlin is known for a number of reasons: history, art, and a growing music scene to name a few. Though cooler climes do ...
For those of us in the chilly northern hemisphere, the days might just be getting a little longer, but it is still cold enough to warrant dreaming of sunnier skies and warmer climates. If you are willing to travel over the equator to the Southern Hemisphere, there are plenty of holiday spots in which you can get some winter sun - but with half of the globe to explore, it can be hard to know where to start!
Here, we have narrowed down three of our favourite Southern Hemisphere locations - where will this winter take you?
Accessed from the gateway that is the capital city of Jakarta, Indonesia is made up of some 17,000 islands, making for the perfect beach retreat. Sitting just ...
While some travellers prefer to just dip their toes in a country's culture, others prefer to dive in head first – and for these people, nothing presents a greater opportunity to immerse themselves than that of a festival.
Across the globe this February, there is an entire world of festivals taking place. And as various nations celebrate their unique traditions in a multitude of ways, there has never been a better time to see the world through the eyes of another culture.
Looking to enjoy one of the last great Pagan celebrations and fill up on delicious Russian pancakes at the same time? It is probably worth heading to Moscow this February and enjoying this year's Maslenitsa ...
A city that only recently came into being, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital, is a monument to smart central planning and lavish architecture. The city is a true wonder – a place to explore Myanmar's natural delights, enjoy a taste of luxury, and appreciate the country's combination of tradition and modernity.
Visiting Nay Pyi Taw
Located around 200 miles north of Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw can be reached by road, rail or air, although most international visitors will usually arrive through the gates of the city's international airport. Flights are served by all of Myanmar's domestic carriers – visitors are able to fly daily from the country's most populous city, Yangon (also known as Rangoon), or ...
What makes a city romantic? Is it the landmarks, the architecture, the culture, or something undefinable? Everybody thinks of Paris as the capital of love, but there are many more destinations for a romantic break.
This Valentine's Day, why not take your loved one to one of these cities for a special celebration?
Nestled on the banks of the River Danube, the Hungarian capital is a paradise of beautiful architecture that is all the more stunning in the winter, when its parks and spires are covered in a light dusting of snow. Go for a skate on its enormous open-air ice rink, and then what better excuse for you and your partner to spend some quality time warming up in Budapest's ...
Many couples have their own rituals for Valentine's Day, from dining out in a well-loved restaurant to visiting the place where they first met. But how is this annual celebration of love observed around the world? From Europe to Africa, here are some of the globe's most intriguing Valentine's Day traditions.
As one of the biggest cocoa producers in the world, it is no surprise that chocolate plays a bigger role than usual in Ghanaians' Valentine's Day celebrations. In fact, the day was renamed National Chocolate Day in 2007 – and while lovebirds still find time for romance on February 14th, even the lonely-hearted can get on board with the appreciation of chocolate.