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Catherine’s Pascha: Book Review & Activities

Catherine's Pascha

As an American married to a Greek, I have been celebrating Pascha (Orthodox Easter) for many years. In our house, family Easter celebrations are a combination of both of our traditions – allowing our children to experience both of our cultures. Easter egg hunts, colorful eggs and baking ham were mixed with flying kites, dying…

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Maslenitsa – Pancake Week in Russia

Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa, a traditional Slavic festival, takes place during the last week before the start of the Orthodox Lent season and marks the end of winter.  Maslenitsa is also known as “Butter Week” (“maslo” is the Russian word for butter) and “Pancake Week”  (their round shape symbolizes the sun).  Lots and lots of pancakes are eaten during this week! Blini, thin Russian…

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Hina Matsuri: The Japanese Doll Festival

Hina Matsuri

Hina Matsuri, also known as the Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day, is celebrated on March 3 every year. Hina are the special dolls for the occasion and matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. Families and communities wish health and happiness for all girls on this special day. Disclosure: This post…

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Chinese New Year Resources & Activities

Chinese New Year Resources & Activities

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a traditional and important holiday celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries and communities around the globe. People travel long distances to reunite with family and participate in traditions that occur before, during, and after the New Year. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate…

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Jólabókaflóð: An Icelandic “Christmas Book Flood”

Jólabókaflóð: Christmas Book Flood

Jólabókaflóð (yo-la-bok-a-flot) is an Icelandic tradition that roughly translates to “Christmas Book Flood.” It is customary for every person in Iceland to receive at least one book on Christmas Eve, so that means many books are sold during this time of year. Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world. A majority of…

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Hanukkah: The Jewish Festival of Lights

Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration honoring the Miracle of the Oil.  Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through, a small commission will be paid to Globe Trottin’ Kids at no additional cost to you. The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to dedicate.” Over…

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Shichi-Go-San: A Japanese Birthday Celebration

Shichi-Go-San

Shichi-Go-San literally means seven-five-three in Japanese. The celebration, held every November 15, is a traditional rite of passage for Japanese boys turning 3 and 5 and girls turning 3 and 7 years old. The day is dedicated to the growth and happiness of young children. Why 7-5-3?  There are some different explanations for the ages chosen for…

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Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali

Diwali, short for Deepawali, is one of the most popular celebrations in India. The word translates to “row of lights” in Sanskrit and celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. The multi-day “Festival of Lights” includes fireworks, food, gifts, colored sand, and special clay lamps. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click…

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Halloween Traditions Around the World

Halloween Traditions Around the World

Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays, and people all around the globe celebrate it in their own way. Disclosure: This section contains affiliate links. If you click through, a small commission will be paid to Globe Trottin’ Kids at no additional cost to you.   Halloween Traditions Around the World In Ireland, where Halloween originally came from,…

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Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day Celebrations

 Happy Birthday America! Americans celebrate July 4 as Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Picnics, baseball games, concerts, festivals, food-eating contests, and fireworks are just some of the ways Americans celebrate their national holiday. There’s Gonna Be Fireworks! Schoolhouse Rock’s “Fireworks” is a musical celebration of the…

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