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Category Archives: Culture

Being and Nothingness in Bangaluru

Bangalore Hindu temples

By Editor-in-Chief David Lee Cummings in Bangaluru, India. Editor’s note: This dispatch is a follow-up to “First Impressions from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.” I’ve been in Bangaluru for

Savoring the Last Few Moments of 2014 in the Philippines

Filipino New Year

By Correspondent Joshua Kevin Bondoc in Manila, Philippines.  As 2014 creeps to a close, I can’t help but to look back at the year that has just passed—from a micro level perspective as an

New Year’s Eve in Armenia: Then and Now

Armenia Christmas

By Correspondent Vahan Kirakosyan in Yerevan, Armenia. One of the ancient countries of the world, Armenia (officially the Republic of Armenia) is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region

New Year’s Eve in Wales, UK and the Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatán_Peninsula

By Correspondent Mark Michael in Merida, Yucatan.  For most of my life I have spent New Year’s Eve in the UK. Up until the millennium New Year’s Eve celebrations were

How the Maragoli Celebrate Christmas

Elders at the Maragoli Festival

By Correspondent Simbili M. M. in Kenya. The Maragoli are a sub-tribe of the Abaluhya community of the Western province of Kenya. The majority of the Maragolis are found in

What Are They Really Fighting, Dying for in Ukraine?

Russia-Ukraine Flag

From Correspondent Anna Ivanova in Russia. A war in Europe is the last thing anyone could have imagined happening in 2014. A war some 500 km from my hometown was

Holy Śmigus-Dyngus! You’ve Never Seen Easter Like This

Śmigus Dyngus

By Correspondent Kasia Steward in England. Easter time in Poland is full of unique traditions, but nothing stands out more for me than the so-called ‘Śmigus-Dyngus’, also known as ‘Wet

Paphos a city bathed in history

By Correspondent Rosie Makri in Paphos, Cyprus. A small island like country of Cyprus has a vast variety of historical places to visit, especially my very own home town of

Top 10 Places to Visit in Romania

A beautiful place in Romania

By Correspondent Georgiana Drauceanu in Arad, Romania. Internationally, Romania is not a very appreciated country because of the way its people are seen and all the bad things that they

Spring traditions in Bulgaria

spring tradition in bulgaria

By Correspondent Vidka in Karlovo, Bulgaria. Spring traditions in Bulgaria are very colorful, full of life, hope and light. In the old times our spring customs and rituals were believed