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Happy Grammar Day!

If you’re someone who can’t stand the punctuation errors and spelling mistakes that are abundant in print media, or someone who finds himself or herself constantly correcting journalists on TV for using the wrong tense, then March 4 is your day! Since 2008, this day has been recognized in the United States as the “National […]

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The Origin of the Carnival Holiday

Although many people usually associate the holiday of Carnival as something celebrated in Brazil, many would be surprised to know that it is in fact, a worldwide celebration. Usually occurring in February, the festivities for this holiday happen right before Lent. The many themes surrounding this holiday include masks, parades, fireworks, dancing, and of course, […]

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Happy Holidays to Everyone Around the World!

One of the best things about the end of the year are the partiess, celebrations and gatherings with friends and family. Christmas and the New Year celebration unite all citizens of the world and creates a widespread climate of joy and happiness. No matter how far away our loved ones,  might beit is always important […]

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One Japanese New Year’s Celebration

While taking my time to look around and appreciate all that other cultures have to offer in terms of variety and uniqueness, I stumbled across this fantastic post describing the tradition on the Japanese peninsula of Oga: http://samuraidave.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/japanese-devils-scare-the-laziness-out-of-kids/ In short, the tradition centers around Namahage, a local mountain deity who…well, he must be seen to […]

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