Around the World in Seven Unique Holidays

Every culture — not to mention every family — has their own holiday traditions, and some are well worth knowing. Not only is it fun to read up on various festivities worldwide, but it can also save you from being caught off guard abroad: Imagine visiting a peaceful Austrian town in early December only to […]

Zombies, Lights, and Turkey — Holidays in November

For most of us, December is the month of holiday celebrations. After all, it is the last month of the year (according to the Gregorian calendar at least) and the time when people all around the world celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Lucia’s Day, Pancha Ganapati, or Winter Solstice, to name just a few. However, the […]

In Honor of Halloween: Haunted Places round the Globe

Halloween lurks around the corner! Around the world, the creepiest of celebrations is primarily a tradition for expatriates from the US and Canada. In many places, the festival is quickly gaining in popularity as an import from American pop culture — mostly among teens who appreciate any excuse for costume parties or horror movie nights. […]

My InterNations: Ramadan Kareem from Togo to Uzbekistan

For many of our members (just like for 1.6 billion people around the globe), the month of Ramadan is now in full swing. Adherents of the world’s second-largest faith are observing the traditional 29 days of fasting in the Islamic calendar. We would like to highlight this occasion by sharing some of the various stories, […]

Santa on a Surfboard? Christmas on the Other Side of the Globe

’tis the season! In the spirit of the holiday season, our new guest author Viara fondly remembers her first Christmas as an expat “Down Under”… When it comes to Christmas, being born and raised in Europe means we grew up with the traditional imagery of Santa on a sleigh, flying through the winter clouds to […]