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Chinese New Year

Holiday; Festivals

The most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, Chinese New Year represents the official start of the spring, beginning on the first day of the first lunar month, and ...

Mars Hoax Day

Holiday; Festivals

Celebrated on August 27 of each year, Mars Hoax Day originated in an 2003 e-mail that claimed Mars would be so close to earth on the 27th day of August that it would appear in the ...

Mardi Gras

Holiday; Festivals

Originally a French term for “fat Tuesday” or “Shrove Tuesday”, Mardi Gras is celebrated as a day of exuberance before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Practices can ...

Dragon Boat Festival

Holiday; Festivals

Celebrated in China, as well as other Southeast Asian countries, Dragon Boat Festival is on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. On this day, people eat sticky ...

sticky rice dumplings

Food (other); Festivals

Sticky rice dumplings, also known as "zongzi" or 粽子 in simplified Mandarin, are eaten for Dragon Boat Festival. They are made of glutinous, sticky rice, wrapped in bamboo or reed ...

Saint Patrick's Day

Holiday; Festivals

Saint Patrick's Day is an annual Irish holiday celebrating the culture of Ireland in general on the 17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick (C. AD 387–461), the most ...

Cherry Blossom Festival

Holiday; Festivals

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gave the capital of the United States Japanese cherry trees to enhance and celebrate Japanese-American relations. The trees were planted ...