Time to light the first candle on the Advent wreath - Happy December everyone!
Advent Sunday | Somewhere in the world today
On St Andrew’s Day (or Andreasnacht) girls should kick a straw mattress in the nude to attract a future husband, and pour molten wax into water to see what the future holds
Picture: St Andrew’s Day by Magic Madzik
Saint Andrew’s Day / Andreasnacht | Somewhere in the world today
Happy Thanksgiving USA!
Shalom! Happy Hanukkah!
Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights which dates back a time over 2500 years ago when the Jews reclaimed Jerusalem from the Syrians. After rebuilding their temple it was rededicated to God by the lighting of a lamp. The lamp only had enough oil to burn for one day but miraculously it burned for eight. Hence the tradition to light a candle on a special candelabra (a Menorah or Hannukiah) on each night of the festival, progressing to eight candles on the final night.
Picture: Hanukkah menorah by skpy, on Flickr
Hanukkah | Somewhere in the world today
When the river flows backwards…
The Cambodian Water Festival, Bon(n) Om Touk in Phnom Penh, celebrates a major natural occurrence - the reversing of the Tonle Sap River to flow in the opposite direction.
Picture: Bon Om Touk by Julien Chodlewski, on Flickr
Bonn Om Touk | Somewhere in the world today
Set all your hopes and dreams free and let all your grievances and regrets go with them
On the night of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, Thai people set small handmade rafts decorated with flowers, candles and incense sticks afloat on nearby ponds, lakes and waterways, or even the sea, to honor and pay respect to the goddess of water and apologise for the bad things done to the river during the past year.
Picture: Loi Krathong… by rachayuan, on Flickr
Loi Krathong & Yi Peng Lantern Festival | Somewhere in the world today
Never trust a Latin lover!
On the second Saturday in November the town of Rocca Canterano near Rome holds its annual Festa del Cornuto (or Festival of Horns, Feast of the Cuckold) where any unfortunate individual, who has been betrayed by a fickle partner, can be consoled by a parade in their honour.
Picture by carmine puzo fotografo, on Flickr
Festa del Cornuto | Somewhere in the world today
Remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot…
On the night of November 5th, throughout Britain, Guy Fawkes’ foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament is commemorated with bonfires, fireworks and burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes.
Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night | Somewhere in the world today
Beetle Juice anyone?
Apparently eating live beetles on a Mexican mountain will give you strength and energy for the next year.
Picture: Edible bugs by Hendrix in the New World
Día del Jumil | Somewhere in the world today
Find your inner light at the Festival of Lights
The name Diwali is a shortening of the word Dipavali, which literally translates into “row of lamps”. Traditionally, small clay lamps (divas) filled with oil are lit to signify the triumph of good over evil within.
Picture: Diwali lamps… by Eye Of Siva, on Flickr
Diwali (Dīpāvali) | Somewhere in the world today