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Easter traditions worldwide

Did you know that in Australia it is not the rabbit that brings the Easter eggs, but the Bilby, because rabbits are considered pests? Or that in Bulgaria people throw raw eggs at each other and it’s a positive sign if your egg doesn’t break? We have compiled some other curious and exciting Easter traditions for you from all over the world.

Black snow and purple eyes – multi-coloured idioms from different cultures

What would life be without colour? Colours play an important role in society and culture. They are also associated, whether knowingly or unknowingly, with a diverse range of meanings, which vary greatly according to each cultural sphere. The perception of colours in different cultures is especially evident in the use of proverbs and idioms. Did you know, for example, that in Spain a physical altercation results in a purple eye read more…

Oh mango tree, oh mango tree – Christmas celebrations in other cultures

Christmas has many traditions: families celebrate together quietly, the Christmas tree is beautifully decorated, Christmas treats abound, and, of course, either Baby Jesus or Father Christmas brings us a huge pile of presents! But how is the birth of Christ celebrated by other cultures? In India, the lack of conifers leads to mango trees being decorated! We’ve put together a few more special Christmas traditions from other countries here:

Two beers or eight? – Different countries, different gestures

Who hasn’t been through it before: If you’re abroad and Latin is getting you nowhere, body language is the last resort. But be careful! If you don’t know what some gestures mean beforehand and use your hands and feet to make yourself understood in other cultures, you may have to use them to defend yourself instead! This is why we have put together a list of gestures whose meaning can read more…

The Last of their Kind – Languages Facing Extinction

“Haatelk Wäilkuumen!” –You have just been greeted in Saterland Frisian, a dialect spoken in a relatively small area in North-East Germany. According to differing estimates, Saterland Frisian is still used by just 1500 to 2500 speakers in the municipality of Saterland, in the district of Cloppenburg, North Germany. Saterland Frisian is only one of approximately 3000 languages that are, to a greater or lesser degree, endangered. Get to know a read more…

5 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

Did you know that at the very first Thanksgiving meal not a single turkey was eaten? Impress your dinner guests with a few interesting anecdotes about this American holiday!