Tag: European Holidays

Halloween here, there, and everywhere

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        Image Source: Chateau de Breze (Loire Valley) Halloween has caught on in Europe for the second time in recent decades.  Because of course the origins of Halloween are in Europe to start with.  But then old traditions died down and nothing much was said or done about it until 20 or […]

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Labor Day Around The World

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        Ah, Labor Day — a national day in the US to wear white and linen for the last time, go to the beach, cook out on the grill, spend time with family, watch football, and shop sales… but of course, Labor Day is about so much more. Labor Day, also known […]

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May 1: from Maypoles to Mayday

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        Breughel’s illustration of a May Day celebration (and drinking fest apparently!)   Of course Mayday doesn’t have anything to do with May Day!  The word Mayday originated, possibly, from the French ‘M’aider’ and was designed to be used as a distress call – always 3 times in a row to make […]

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Mother’s Day – here, there and everywhere.

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          We think Mother’s day should be celebrated daily, or at least weekly or even monthly!  But it’s not.  It’s a yearly event.  Pretty sad when you consider how important mothers are, no? And then to make it even more confusing, all countries don’t even celebrate it at the same time! […]

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité – France’s 14 juillet celebration

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        Image Source July 14 is France’s big celebration or National Day- it’s called Bastille Day in English speaking countries but La Fête Nationale or 14 juillet in France. It commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 (sort of the same symbolism […]

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