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21 Cool Things That You Should Know About Pakistan

Whenever I ask my friends living overseas to come and visit Pakistan, their answer is somewhat skeptical. “I’m scared of terrorism there.” “I find it unsafe.” “My parents won’t let me visit Pakistan as they think it’s dangerous.”  These are the statements that I hear from them, and I don’t blame any of them for their thinking.  Pakistan is often …

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Reveillón – The Biggest New Year’s Eve Bash on Rio’s Copacabana Beach

Widely known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Copacabana is also the stage of the biggest New Year’s Eve bash in Brazil.  Millions of people from all over the World come here to celebrate and wish each other a happy new year. The traditional New Year’s Eve celebration in Copacabana started in the 1970’s.  Candomblé (African …

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“Herring Under the Fur Coat” (“Seledka Pod Shyboi”) Salad

When translated literally – this salad definitely sounds… funny.  “Herring Under the Fur Coat” or “Seledka Pod Shyboi” is also commonly known simply as “Shuba” or “Fur Coat” in Russia.  It got its name for its multilayered toppings made of grated carrots, beetroots and potatoes.  The grated texture gives the salad its signature “shredded look”, which can resemble a “fur …

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Traditional Russian Dishes Served on the New Year’s Eve

Like many other nations across the world, Russians love their food.  And on the New Year’s Eve, in particular, there is usually no expense spared when it comes to this festive dinner.  I have compiled together some of our nation’s favorite dishes, appetizers, and drinks, which you are likely to encounter on any festive table in Russia.  So if you …

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Potica – Traditional Slovenian Sweet Roll with Walnuts

Slovenia may not be a well known culinary destination (yet), but it seems that over the last couple of months it has found its way onto the global culinary map.   Especially thanks to Ana Roš being crowned as the World’s best female chef and to Melanija Knavs (Trump), introducing potica to Pope upon her visit to the Vatican. Potica …

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How Does Bosnia and Herzegovina Celebrate the New Year’s Eve?

Saying goodbye to the old year, while celebrating the arrival of a new one, is a truly magical time in virtually every country in the world.  The New Year is an especially perfect opportunity for all the good stuff.  This is the time when families get together and old friends crowd around.  This is the time for expressing our best …

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“Olivie” – The Most Famous Russian Salad

Olivie is a very popular national salad served on virtually all the traditional Russian holidays, like the New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Easter, as well as numerous other festive celebrations, like birthdays and weddings.  It’s definitely something I would personally make for parties and BBQs, whenever I have all the required ingredients. Furthermore, we have numerous variations of this traditional …

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5 Things You Should Try at Christmas in Czech Republic

When speaking about Christmas, one important fact should be noted right away – Czech Republic, after China and Japan, is the most atheist country in the world.  Therefore, it’s probably not wise to expect anything special from Czechs during the Christmas time, or is it? Quite on the contrary, Christmas here is the craziest, as well as the most beautiful …

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Best Places and Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Japan

Up until the Christmas time, Japan doesn’t really have the typical “New Year mood” in the air yet.  Then suddenly, there are so many illuminations throughout the cities, that you can even forget at times that you are in Japan.  Once December 26th hits – the Christmas decorations disappear, while the New Year’s decorations miraculously appear instead.  Cultural ornaments hit …

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How We Celebrate the New Year’s Eve and Christmas in Russia

Yes, it is that time of the year again! Personally I love exploring other people’s traditions, as well as creating new ones with my family. Our Family I came from a traditional Russian family, where I was the only child.  Luckily, I was fortunate to have both sets of grandparents AND great-grandparents alive for most of my childhood.  I was …

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Zagreb: The Top 10 Attractions

Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia, as well as its cultural, scientific, economic, and administrative center.  Its first written record dates back to 1094, when Zagreb was standing on two hills called “Kaptol” and “Gradec”, which later formed into a unified city of Zagreb. Thanks to its enviable position, Zagreb is home to almost 1 million residents, almost a …

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How To Celebrate the New Year’s Eve in New Zealand

Since New Zealand lies in the southern hemisphere, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in the Summer season here.  This is also the time when the country hosts numerous festivals, including but not limited to Rhythm and Vines, which is held in Gisborne.  This is perhaps the biggest festival and it’s very unique, since Gisborne happens to be the first city …

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Grünkohl – Northern German Curly Kale Specialty

Consuming curly kale with different kinds of meat, right after the first frost, is a huge tradition in Germany.  This national dish is popular everywhere – from cities to the countryside, especially in Northern Germany.  In fact, curly kale been know since as early as the 16th century for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities, helping locals withstand various sicknesses.  Hence it makes perfect sense that kale …

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Jamaica

The start of a new year is usually the time when people reflect on the past year, while making resolutions for the upcoming one.  Of course, there are also some unique ways in which the New Year’s Eve (NYE) is celebrated in different countries.  Let’s take a look at some of the exciting things that are popular in Jamaica on …

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Romania

Are you planning to spend the New Year’s Eve in Romania?  If so, you might be surprised about our great offerings and the fun things that you can do here during the Winter holidays.  Below I will share some of the most interesting events, places to stay and things to do on the New Year’s Eve in Romania.  Are you …

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Twelve Days of Christmas With the Scary Goblins, Kalikantzaroi

Throughout the world, numerous legends and myths, as well as folklore tales are believed in, regardless of where they originated from.  As hundreds of years go by, people in various countries change the stories a bit and adjust them to fit their own culture.  Essentially, it’s the same story – though told in another country, to another generation, and maybe …

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How Macedonians Celebrate Christmas & the New Year

You may have already heard that Macedonians celebrate Christmas a little bit differently than most other countries.  However, if you haven’t visited Macedonia during Christmas or the New Year’s Eve, then you might be wondering – how is it like? The official religion of Macedonia is the Orthodox Christianity.  Therefore Macedonians celebrate Christmas according to the old calendar (the so-called …

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Argentinian Dishes Served on Christmas

Each country has its own set of particular religious customs and Argentina is not an exception.  Gathering together with family and friends during the Christmas – is one such sacred tradition.  Some say that Argentinians “live to eat”, and I can personally assure you that among other things – this one, is one of the most truthful! Let me clarify …

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Christmas Traditions and Customs in Lithuania

Christmas traditions in Lithuania are very similar to some other countries, especially the Baltic nations and Poland.  The traditional Christmas celebration is a combination of Christian and pagan customs.  Pagan Lithuanians used to celebrate the Winter solstice around the Christmas time.  Therefore numerous customs were passed down to the celebration of Christmas, as we know them today.  These old customs …