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May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations

Children's Days

May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations National Children’s Days are observed on various days throughout the year in countries all around the world.  The day is devoted to celebrating the health and happiness of all children. Japan and South Korea celebrate Children’s Day on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. Kodomo No Hi is a national holiday in Japan.  Colorful…

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Orthodox Easter Traditions

Orthodox Easter Traditions

Orthodox Christians in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries around the world are preparing to celebrate Orthodox Easter, or Pascha. Church services, decorating eggs, playing games and eating traditional foods are typical parts of the celebration. Orthodox Easter: The Date The Orthodox church uses the Julian calendar for determining Easter (compared to Western churches using the Gregorian calendar), which…

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Songkran: Thailand’s New Year Festival

Songkran

The Songkran Festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year from April 13-15. The word Songkran comes from a Sanskrit phrase meaning “passage of the sun.” It is a time for house cleaning, family gatherings, visiting temples, and throwing water. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we receive a…

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Zachariah’s Perfect Day Book Review and Activities

Zachariah's Perfect Day

Zachariah’s Perfect Day, written by Farrah Qazi and illustrated by Durre Waseem, tells the story of a young boy’s first fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan. Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes; however, all opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and…

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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

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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