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Kayan women usually wear rings on their necks. (Image:  wikimedia / GNU FDL)

A Look at Thailand’s Kayan People

In Thailand, there is a tribe known as the Kayan or Padaung people. Originally from Myanmar, the tribe is popular the world over for its women who wear several coils around their long, elongated necks. According to estimates, there are…

Chinese New Year celebrations have started in Melbourne, Australia, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig! (Image:  pixabay /  CC0 1.0)

2019 Is the Year of the Pig!

Chinese New Year celebrations have started in Melbourne, Australia, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig! A 15-day festival with performances will be held in the Melbourne business center. The Chinese New Year falls on February 5 this year,…

The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Goa. (Image:  EquusAustralus  via  wikimedia  CC BY-SA 3.0)

How Indians Celebrate Christmas

Though India has a very small Christian population, estimated to be less than 3 percent, Christmas is celebrated in cities across religious lines. The government of India also recognizes Christmas Day as a public holiday. Christmas customs and traditions vary…

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A Look at Thailand’s Kayan People

In Thailand, there is a tribe known as the Kayan or Padaung people. Originally from Myanmar, the tribe is popular the world over for its women who wear several coils…

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2019 Is the Year of the Pig!

Chinese New Year celebrations have started in Melbourne, Australia, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig! A 15-day festival with performances will be held in the Melbourne business center.…

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How Indians Celebrate Christmas

Though India has a very small Christian population, estimated to be less than 3 percent, Christmas is celebrated in cities across religious lines. The government of India also recognizes Christmas…

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How the Winter Solstice Is Celebrated in China

In traditional Chinese agrarian culture, the year was divided up into 24 solar terms, each one marking a different phase of religious life and farm work. The solstices and equinoxes…

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How to Celebrate Yule, the Icelandic Christmas

People in Iceland commonly call Christmas “Yule” (Jól in Norse). Celebrating typically starts on Christmas Eve and lasts for about 13 days. The Christmas season is also the longest holiday…

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Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an annual tradition since 1934, took place on November 22 in the Windy City. And people came from far and wide, both to view and participate…

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A Brief History of Halloween

Halloween is celebrated across the U.S. on October 31. Children dress up in fancy costumes of witches, wizards, and ghosts, knocking door to door, asking adults to either give them…

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Rejecting Lust Results in Building Good Fortune

There are many sayings from ancient times. One is: “When going about one’s business, one must abide by heavenly principles.” Another is: “To expand one’s field of fortune, one must…

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A Virtuous Mother From the Three Kingdoms Era

During the period of the Three Kingdoms, Zhong Yao (151-230), the founder of the regular Chinese calligraphy script known as kaishu, was married to Zhang Chang-pu (199-257). Zhang was an…

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The Most Important Holidays in India

Since India is a vast country with thousands of communities, several religions, and a history dating back thousands of years, it has one of the largest numbers of holidays in…

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A Father Who Had No Fear of Ghosts

A public official named Ji Xiao Lan described what happened when he was appointed as the supervisor of the Office of Education and Examination in Fuzhou City during the Ming…