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La Noche de los Rabanos

La Noche de los Rábanos: The Night of the Radishes

La Noche de los Rábanos, or Night of the Radishes, is an annual tradition in Oaxaca, Mexico. It began over a century ago when merchants carved festive radishes and sold them in the zócolo (town square) during the Christmas season. Photo: By AlejandroLinaresGarcia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The celebration continues to this day,…

Jólabókaflóð: Christmas Book Flood

Jólabókaflóð: An Icelandic “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…

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day Information & Resources for Kids

December 10 is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Thirty declarations were written to protect the rights of all people, everywhere. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no…

Hanukkah

Hanukkah: The Jewish Festival of Lights

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…

Beacons of Light

“BE THE BEACON OF LIGHT IN SOMEONE’S DARKNESS.”  – Randi G. Fine World landmarks are doing just that following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Shichi-Go-San

Shichi-Go-San: A Japanese Birthday Celebration

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…

Diwali

Diwali: Festival of Lights

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…

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. Halloween Traditions Around the World In Ireland, where Halloween originally came from, children get in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and attend parties. Barmbrack (fruitcake) is a traditional Irish food eaten on this holiday. A treat is baked inside the cake…

World Food Day

World Food Day: Action for #ZeroHunger

World Food Day is observed every year on October 16 to promote awareness and action for those suffering from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for everyone. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) calls upon citizens, governments, farmers, corporations, and youth around the world to…

Learn About Mohandas Gandhi

Learn About Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as the Mahatma (“Great Soul”), was born on October 2, 1869 in India. He was an inspirational leader, peaceful activist, and legendary humanitarian. His birthday is a national holiday in India, and it is also the International Day of Non-Violence. Learn about Gandhi’s life and the impact he had on…

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Discover the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a harvest celebration that takes place with the full moon that falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (typically in September or October). It is celebrated in China and other East Asian countries, such as Singapore and Vietnam. Disclosure: This…

Playing For Change Day

Playing for Change Day was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. Communities gather with the goal of bringing music into the lives of kids. Musicians all over the world perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios and cafes, in an effort to change the world one song at a…