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Vogalonga

Vogalonga is a non-competitive regatta held in the Italian city of Venice. The idea for this tradition was born on the Saint Martin's Day in 1974. Groups of local rowers, participating in the Mascarete regatta, decided to form an event that would involve both professionals and amateurs sailing in various types of boats. The first Vogalonda was held on the 26 of January, 1975. Each year thousands of people participate in the regatta. In 2013 it is going to be organized on the 19th of May.
Vogalonga Vogalonga

Fruit - more than food

Almost everyone likes some kind of fruit. They are rich in vitamins and minerals. They represent highly important part of human diet. World religions, mythology and local folk beliefs often gave the fruit symbolic, kind of mysterious meaning. In the story of Adam and Eve from Genesis, the first book of the Bible, apple symbolizes temptation. Some claim that the Bible does not mention any specific type of fruit. They say that many talk of apple as forbidden fruit mainly due to medieval art where the story was shown including apple.

Japanese greeting customs

People in Japan greet each other by bowing. When you meet a person you should bow and that way show respect. When doing so your palms should be on your thighs or at the lap. Your heals should be put together. According to the angle the body makes there are three types of bowing – “eshaku” or greeting bowing – 5 degrees, “futsuu rei” or respect bowing – 30 degrees and “saikei rei” or highest respect bowing – 45 degrees. Longer and deeper bowing is present at more formal occasions.
Japanese women bowing

Mallakhamb

Mallakhamb or malkhamb is a traditional Indian sport. The person competing in it performs different figures in coordination with a pole or rope. The pole is usually made of teak or sheesham wood. Let's now split the word “mallakhamb” in two. Word “malla” means a gymnast or strong man and word “khamb” means a pole. Term mallakhamb was first mentioned in 1135 AD by Somesvara Chalukya in his famous work “Manasollasa”. At the beginning mallakhamb was only one form of practice for wrestlers.
Mallakhamb Mallakhamb

Opera dei Pupi

People of Sicily are proud of their puppet theatre known as Opera dei Pupi or in Sicilian Opira dî Pupi. It includes beautiful handmade marionette puppets. These puppets are made of wood. Two centres of the Sicilian puppetry are Palermo and Catania. Puppets from Catania are twice the size of those from Palermo. There are some differences in shape of puppets. Operating techniques used during plays also differ a bit. Puppets similar to those Sicilian ones exist in Naples and in the Italian province of Puglia (Apulia).

Midsummer Day in Sweden

Midsummer ("Midsommardagen") is one of the most famous Swedish holidays. It has been a state holiday since 1953. It is held on Saturday between the 20th and 26th June. Still it is the Midsummer Eve ("Midsommarafton") when the most traditions are observed.

Japanese table manners

Japanese traditionally eat sitting on cushion placed on tatami floor. They seat around a low table. In formal situations both male and female are kneeling (“seiza”). In casual situations men sit cross-legged and women sit with both legs to one side. The most important person present at meal seats on “kamiza” or the seat of honour. The kamiza is placed farthest from the entrance to the room where the meal is held.

Samoan tattoo

Samoa is famous for its traditional tattoo. Samoans call it Pe'a. Tradition of Samoan tattoo is more than 2000 years old. According to an ancient Samoan legend the tattoo making was introduced to Samoans by Taema and Tilafaiga. They were two daughters of the Samoan king Tui Manu'a. English word Tattoo derives from Samoan „Tatau“ (meaning "to hit or strike (ta) with the au (tool)").

New Year Celebrations Around The World

The arrival of new year represents great joy. It is celebrated in many different ways. There are big public celebrations. The most famous are those in New York, Sydney, London and Berlin. At midnight there are beautiful fireworks.

Turkish oil wrestling

Oil wrestling (in Turkish yağlı güreş) or grease wrestling is a traditional sport of Turkey. A wrestler's body is oiled with mixture of olive oil and water. The wrestler or "pehlivan" (from Persian pehlevān that means "hero" or "champion") wears special trousers called "kisbet". They are made of water buffalo hide or calfskin. The main goal of each wrestler is to effectively hold the kisbet of his opponent. This move, when properly performed, is called "paça kazık". Depending on the category the fight lasts between 30 and 40 minutes.

New home

New home is a new beginning for both an individual and whole family. There are many various traditions performed when moving into a new home. Let's start with China. When leaving their old home Chinese people organize a farewell party. All the neighbours are invited. Oh yes, when the family is leaving the house people set off fireworks. The same as when leaving the old home the loud sounds of firecrackers are heard when the family is moving in the new home.

Senbazuru

Senbazuru (Zenbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami cranes lined on a string. Origami (in japanese oru - "folding", kami - "paper") is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The basic principle of origami is to make an object by using geometric folds and crease patterns. Everything should be done with no gluing or cutting the paper. Only one piece of paper is allowed to make one object.
Hiden Senbazuru Orikata Hiden Senbazuru Orikata

Weather folklore

Weather forecasting has been part of traditions in all civilizations for thousands of years. Farmers wanted the best condition for their crops. Merchants needed favourable weather to sail with their ships full of goods. They looked for the signs in nature. They relied on the experience of previous generations. Mythology and religious beliefs were important factors too. Despite the fact that scientific weather forecasting is used everywhere some of this folk beliefs still exist.

Korean New Year

People in Korea traditionally celebrate Seollal (Seolnal) or the lunar new year. Seollal celebrations last for three days.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year combines lunar and solar movements. It is usually on the second new moon after the winter solstice.

Bush medicine

Bush medicine is a term describing medical knowledge and practice of the Australian Aborigines. Remedies and methods of healing differ from community to community. Different parts of plants like leaves, bark or seeds are used. Let's take for example a paperbark (Melaleuca leucadendron). Its leaves are chewed to reduce headache.
paperback Paperback (Melaleuca leucadendron)

Griha Pravesh

Griha Pravesh is the Hindu housewarming ceremony. The day when the ceremony is performed must be determined according to traditional astrological charts found in the Hindu astrological almanac or Panchangam.

Nalukataq

The Inupiat (plural) or Inupiaq people are the Inuit people of Alaska's Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs and the Bering Strait region.
Inupiaq people regions populated by the Inupiaq people

Strange pregnancy traditions

Mother, father and the rest of the family want the pregnancy to pass fine and a healthy baby to be born. As in many other things in life numerous traditions have been created. They often have nothing to do with medicine. They are usually prejudices that became part of local culture.

Irish toasts

People gather on different occasions (birthday, Christening, Christmas, New Year etc.). Everyone gets in good mood. Some individuals present at such parties make toasts. They are often funny, full of folk wisdom. Irish people are especially famous for their toasts. Here are few of them. I am sure that they will bring smile to your face. Enjoy!
Irish Christmas figurine Irish Christmas figurine

Schultüte

Schultüte (School Cone) or Zuckertüte (Sugar Cone), like it is called in the East of Germany, is a popular colourful cone-shaped paper or plastic object brought to school by kids on their first day in school.

Cascarones

Cascarones (in Spanish "cascarón" means an eggshell) are hollowed-out eggs usually filled with confetti or. Cascarones are very popular in Mexico, but also in the southwest of the USA where there is a large Mexican community.
Cascarones Cascarones

New Year celebration in the Dominican Republic

The same as everywhere else people of the Dominican Republic enter the New Year with hopes for the better future. Several traditions are observed for this occasion. Locals clean their homes very thoroughly. It is believed that it brings good luck. Colour of the clothes worn on the New Year's Day depends on your wishes for the coming year. Wearing green means that your main priority is to improve your financial situation. Red clothes means wish for a bright future. Yellow clothes represent your wish for an improvement at your work. Wearing white symbolize your wish for good health.

Kris dagger

Kris (keris, kalis) is a double-edged dagger exisiting in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand (Patani), Philippines (Mindanao) and Cambodia (Cham). What makes this dagger rather unusual is its wavy blade. Nobody really knows why this shape has been used. Kris in Indonesia has the title Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, which was awarded to this country in 2005 by the UNESCO.

Baci ceremony

Baci ceremony or "Sou Khuane" is performed in Laos on local weddings, after birth of a child, after someone has recovered from a serious illness etc. One of the most important parts of this ceremony is the Phakhuane. It is a cone-shaped object made of banana leaves and flowers. If you do not have real things, colour paper, silk or plastic flowers will do.
Baci ceremony in Laos Baci ceremony in Laos

Songkran

Songkran (from Sanskrit sankranti meaning "astrological passage") is the Thai New Year. It is celebrated every year from the 13th to 15th of April. How to greet person on Songkran? Most people say "suk-san wan sonkran" or "Happy Songkran Day".
Songkran Songkran
Nowadays the most popular way of celebrating Songkran is the throwing of water. People go from street to street carrying various water guns or water containers.

Champagne

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by causing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to achieve carbonation.
champagne Champagne - sparkling wine
It is produced exclusively in the region of Champagne located in the northeast of France.

Chinese proverbs

Proverbs or like the Chinese would call them "yanyu" are based on common sense or practical experience. They are the pearls of wisdom. Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. I dreamed a thousand new paths... I woke and walked my old one. He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself.
chinese_proverb chinese proverb
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

Colours in China

Chinese traditional belief is that there are five elements - water, fire, wood, metal and earth. It is believed that these elements created everything. Each element corresponds to certain colour. Water to black, fire to red, wood to blue-green, metal to white and earth to yellow. This relation leads us to the natural movement of heaven and the heavenly Tao. People chose clothes, food, transportation and housing according to changes in nature during the year.

Japanese tea ceremony

For the Japanese tea ceremony is not only preparation of a beverage. It also has much deeper, spiritual meaning. Japanese tea ceremony (chado or sado, "the way of tea") is influenced by Zen Buddhism. It is actually the ceremonial preparation of powdered tea or matcha by specially trained person for a small group of guest. The most preferred number of guests is four. Everything is done in very peaceful atmosphere.

Love spoons

There are so many ways to show your affection for someone you love. Here is an unusual tradition from Wales. Young men have been carving so called love spoons out of single piece of wood. They were given to their sweethearts.

Mayan calendar

Mayas are members of indigenous nation who live in southeast Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Mayan civilization reached its highest level around 300–900 AD. The population of Mayan nation today is over 4 million.
Mayan calendar Mayan calendar
Mayas used several different calendars. Each of them had different purpose, different context. Mayan ritual calendar had 260 days. There were 20 names for days of the week.

Palio di Asti

The Palio di Asti is a medieval festival organized in Italian city of Asti on the third Sunday in September. The most important part of the festival is famous bareback horse race. Asti is a city of 75,000 people located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. The city is just 55 kilometres east of Turin. It is a city of amazing architecture. Citizens of Asti are proud of numerous local dishes like for example “bönet”, kind of chocolate pudding, and “bagna caôda”, a sauce with anchovies, garlic and oil.

Wayang Kulit

Wayang Kulit is a traditional shadow puppet theatre especially popular on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali. In 2003 the UNESCO gave Wayang Kulit a status of Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Wayang Kulit puppet Wayang Kulit puppet

Baby tooth

First baby's tooth have symbolic value in many world cultures. Let's start with Japan. Japanese people throw a lower baby tooth up onto the roof. On the other side an upper tooth is being thrown under the "en-no-shita" which is the area below the floor of a traditional Japanese house. It is done for the upper tooth to grow healthy downwards and the lower tooth upwards.
baby tooth Baby tooth

Piñata

Piñata is nowadays mainly connected with Mexico and other areas of Central America. Still, the origins of piñata are actually in Italy. Pignatta or "fragile pot" in Italian was made of clay. Pignatta with the shape of a pineapple often served as a symbol of hospitality.
Piñata blindfolded person trying to break the piñata

Tsagaan Sar

Tsagaan Sar (in Mongolian white moon or white month) is the Mongolian lunisolar New Year festival. It is celebrated two months after the first new moon following the winter solstice. The start date depends on the longitude. In 2012 it was celebrated between the 22th and 25th of February. In 2013 the festival is going to be celebrated between the 11th and 13th of February.

Lei

Lei in Hawaiian language means a wreath or garland. There is also a popular meaning which defines lei as flower wreath put, as a sign of affection, around someone's neck at the arrival or departure. Lei is presented at wedding, funerals, graduations, birthdays etc. On the 1st of May people of Hawaii celebrate the “Lei Day.” It has been celebrated since 1927. It was initiated by the poet Don Blanding (1894-1927).
Three women wearing lei Three women wearing lei

Koninginnedag

Koninginnedag or Queen's Day is the celebration of the Dutch queen’s birthday on the 30th of April. It is celebrated in different ways but the most popular one is the “vrijmarkt” (in Dutch free market). Everyone is allowed to come and set up his/her little shop. Most goods are offered at symbolic price as the primal meaning of this market is to have a good time. If you come, do not forget to barter. It is not only allowed, it is expected.
Vrijmarkt (free market) Vrijmarkt (free market)

Kakizome

Kakizome (in Japanese “first writing”) is a traditional Japanese caligraphy written at the beginning of the year or more precisely on the 2nd of January. This tradition is also known as "Kitsusho Hajime" (First fortune writing).
Kakizome Kakizome

Reaching 30

Persons who are still single on their 30th birthday are quite often being teased. Some nations have special traditions observed on that birthday. In Germany a man who is celebrating his 30th birthday is given a broom. His friends put lot of rubble on the city hall stairs. He then sweeps the stairs. Finishing his work is not the end of his trouble. More rubble is thrown and he has to do it all over again. By sweeping the stairs he is showing to all the girls passing by that he is still single and that he can clean a house well.

Hanami

Hanami (in Japanese flower viewing) is a very popular Japanese tradition where people gather to observe the beauty of flowers. Hanami mainly includes viewing of cherry (“sakura”) and Japanese plum (“ume”) blossoms. According to experts tradition of flower viewing first appeared during the Nara Period (710–794). First it was part of the Japanese elite. In the Edo Period (1603-1868) popular among the common people too.

Pearly Kings and Queens

Pearly Kings and Queens or “Pearlies”, as they are also known, is a name of a tradition existing in London, England. The tradition first appeared in the 19th century when a street sweeper Henry Croft collected money for charity. He wore the clothes decorated with pearl buttons.
Pearlies Pearlies

Birthday in Canada

At almost every birthday party there is a birthday cake decorated with coloured sugar sprinkles. The cake is divided into layers. Between them a wrapped coin is hidden. Whoever finds it is the first to get a turn at all the games organized at the party.
Birthday crackers Birthday crackers
At the birthday parties children get crackers.

Kathakali

Kathakali is a traditional Indian dance drama. It was created more than three centuries ago in what is now Indian state of Kerala. Word kathakali comes from the Malayalam words "katha" (story) and "kali" (play).
Kathakali story is told with hand gestures, facial expressions and other body movements

Kyz kuu

Kyz kuu or kyz kuumal (in Kyrgyz “girl chasing”) is a popular traditional Kyrgyz and Kazakh sport. It is often called a “kissing game”. It includes two riders – a female one and a male one. The rules are quite simple. Male rider stands at the starting line. At certain distance behind him there is a female rider. She starts to ride at full speed. He starts to ride as soon as the girl reaches him. They then race towards the finishing line.
Kyz kuu Kyz kuu

Ondel-ondel puppets

Ondel-ondel are traditional puppets of the Betawi people which live in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and surrounding area. These puppets are usually about 2.5 metres tall. They are made of bamboo. Due to special way the puppet is constructed an individual can easily control it. Each puppet has a wooden mask. There are both male and female ondel-ondel puppets. Male ones wear red masks and those female ones wear white masks.
Ondel-ondel puppets Ondel-ondel puppets

Bindi

Bindi comes from the Sanskrit word bindu meaning „a drop, a small particle“. Bindi is a forehead decoration worn by women in India. Depending on the language different names are used for bindi. Pottu is used in Tamil and Malayalam, Tilak in Hindi, Bottu or Tilakam in Telugu, Bottu or Tilaka in Kannada and Teep ("a pressing") in Bengali.
bindi bindi - Indian forehead decoration

Sneezing

Especially in the winter many of us catch a cold. What about you? Achoo!!! Was that you? Are you maybe a Japanese? If so, then you are maybe familiar with local beliefs concerning number of sneezes one after another.
sneezing.jpg man sneezing
You sneezed once. That means you are being praised ("ichi homerare"). You sneezed twice so you are being disliked ("ni nikumare"). You sneezed three times in a row. Well, you are definitely being admired ("san horerare").

Calcio Storico

Mix football with some rugby and you will get something what is in Italian city of Florence called Calcio Storico or Calcio Fiorentino.

Il Palio di Siena

Il Palio di Siena is a world famous medieval horse race organized in the city of Siena located in the Italian province of Tuscany. Siena was first settled by the Etruscans (c. 900 BC to 400 BC). It got its name from the Etruscan tribe called the Saina.

Chinese Scented Sachets

Chinese Scented Sachets or fragrant bags (in Chinese xiang nang) are small cloth bags filled with aromatic herbs. Chinese people have been using them for centuries. They are used for many reasons like for example to absorb human sweat, fight insects or even ward off evil spirits etc.

Baby naming traditions

Naming of a baby is a great event in every community. With the name she or he becomes part of a community. There are numerous traditions concerning this event. The Miwok (Miwuk) tribe of northern California used to choose a name for their babies by the way the stream looked when the baby was born. Some communities of the Hopi tribe who now primarily live in Arizona used to put an ear of corn next to a baby. The ear of corn symbolized the Mother Earth.

Kokeshi dolls

Kokeshi dolls are Japanese wooden dolls traditionally made in the north of Honshū island. When compared to body size, Kokeshi doll has slightly larger head. It has no arms or legs. Typical floral designs on doll's body are made in red, black or yellow colour. Everything is then covered with layer of wax. Each doll is signed by the artist who made the doll.
Kokeshi doll Kokeshi doll

Hagoita-Ichi

Hagoita-Ichi is a traditional Japanese fair organized between the 16th and 19th of December in the Senso-ji Temple located in part of Tokyo called Asakusa. The main attraction of this very popular fair is a rectangular wooden racket known as Hagoita. Hagoita was once used to play a traditional game called Hanetsuki. The game was similar to badminton but there was no net. It was played by girls during time of Japanese New Year.
Hagoita-Ichi Hagoita-Ichi

Ishi-doro

Ishi-doro or stone lanterns can be seen all across Japan. Its upper part is hollow. A candle, bulb or oil lamp is put inside. Like so many things in Japanese society they arrived from China. According to experts first lanterns appeared together with the Buddhism in the 6th century. First they were used in religious objects. In 1500s they first appeared in tea gardens.
Ishi-doro in Kasuga Shrine, Nara Ishi-doro in Kasuga Shrine, Nara

Aizkolaritza

Aizkolaritza (in Basque “aizkolari” is a wood-chopper) is the name for competition of wood-choppers held by the Basque people.

Dreams

Everybody dreams. Dreams are sequences of images, emotions or ideas that without our will appear in certain parts of our sleep. Most dreams exist during the R.E.M. (rapid-eye movement) phase of sleep. People have been trying to find out meaning of dreams for thousands of years. Some 5,000 years old Mesopotanian clay tablets with dream interpretations were found.

Lotus

Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is aquatic perennial plant whose roots are in the bottom of pond or river. It is also known as Indian Lotus, Bean of India or Sacred Lotus. It has leaves floating on the water surface. Its beautiful flower is on a thick stem few centimetres above leaves.
Lotus Lotus
Ancient Egyptians believed that their goddess Isis was born from a lotus flower. They used put lotus flower on the hands of their deceased. This flower was the symbol of new life for the dead souls.

Conch

Conch is a type of gastropod or sea snail. They have beautiful shells. In West Indies and East Asia snail's "meat" is important part of local cuisine. It is eaten raw in different salads or cooked in soups, stews and other dishes.
Conch Conch

Roses

Rose is a perennial plant of the genus Rosa. It belongs to the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species of roses. They are known for their fragrance and beauty. Rose perfumes are made from attar of roses or rose oil. During process some rose water is also created. Rose water is used in cooking, cosmetics and even some religious rituals.
Pink rose Pink rose

Vanuatu sand drawings

The Republic of Vanuatu is an archipelago state located in the south of Pacific Ocean. Almost whole population of this small country is of the Melanesian descent. The official languages spoken in Vanuatu are Bislama, English and French.
Vanuatu sand drawing Vanuatu sand drawing

Bats and good luck

Homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as the other one but it has different meaning. All languages have such words. Mandarin Chinese has many homophones. Very good example is the word fú which means a bat. Fú also means good fortune. These words have different Chinese characters. The present similarity contributes to the fact that bats are considered as symbols of good luck.
Bat carving in Guangzhou, China Bat carving in Guangzhou, China

Kräftskiva

For many people in Sweden the summer just would not be the same without kräftskiva. These outdoor parties are traditionally held in August and September. They also exist in Finland due to local Swedish population. The main delicacy served at the kräftskiva party is the crayfish. That is why the party is also known as the crayfish party.
Crayfish served at the kräftskiva party Crayfish served at the kräftskiva party

The Historical Regatta of Venice

The wonderful Italian city of Venice is located on over 117 small island. The city has numerous canals. The most famous canal of all is the Grand Canal (in Italian Canal Grande, in Venetian dialect Canałasso). It is 3,8 kilometres long and 30-80 metres wide. Along the canal there are more than 180 buildings. Most of them were built between the 13th and 18th century.
The Historical Regatta of Venice The Historical Regatta of Venice

Tea caddy

Tea caddy is a special box, pot or other kind of container used for keeping loose leaf tea. Word caddy comes from Malay Chinese “kati”, which is a unit of mass used on markets in Eastern and Southeastern Asia. One catty equals 600 grams or 21 ounces.
Coronation tea caddy Coronation tea caddy

Yoke thé

Yoke thé (in English miniatures) is the traditional form of Burmese puppetry. The marionette type of puppets are used. Performances are almost always held in operas. Yoke thé plays were first held sometime around 1780. At the beginning only the royalty could watch them. Later it became available for a wider audience.
Yoke thé puppeteer and his puppet Yoke thé puppeteer and his puppet

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy is the traditional British puppet show. Two main characters in the show are Mr. Punch and his wife Judy. It is believed that they are derived from the 16th century Italian Commedia dell'Arte. Mr. Punch's wife was originally called Joan. Today the show also includes several other characters – The Baby, The Constable, Joey the Clown, The Crocodile, The Ghost and The Doctor.
Punch and Judy Punch and Judy

Chaki

Chaki is a term present in Japanese tea culture. Word “chaki” means a tea tool. Chaki has several purposes. One of them is a caddy for the matcha (powdered) green tea used in Japanese tea ceremony. It has to be emphasised that this type of caddy is not used for storing the tea.

Castleton Garland Day

Castleton Garland Day or Garland King Day is a lovely tradition held on the 29th of May in English town of Castleton, Derbyshire. It commemorates the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.
Castleton Garland Day Castleton Garland Day

Fantasia

Fantasia is an amazing Moroccan event performed in by the group of Berber people on their beautifully decorated horses. These groups are called serba. The show starts with a procession. First there is a group of female riders from the Zayaan tribe. According to an old tradition they are all virgins. They are followed by the local men.
Fantasia Fantasia

Albularyo

Albularyo (arbularyo, hilot) is a medicine person or a healer in the Philippines. Nowadays it is still an alternative help or even only source of help for sick people in rural areas of the country.
albularyo Albularyo – the healer in the Philippines

Trullo

Trullo is a traditional building with a conical roof. It is typical for the Itria Valley (Valle d'Itria) in the southeastern Italian region of Apulia (Puglia).

Igbo masks

Igbo people live in the southeast of Nigeria. Very important part of their daily living is the masquerade or mmanwu.

Pow wow

Pow wow is a traditional social event held by the members of American Native people.

Japanese tattoo

Japanese tattoo is over 10,000 years old. The Japanese call it irezumi or horimono.

Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh is the Bengali New Year. It is celebrated in Bangladesh and Indian state of West Bengal. Wherever there is a Bengali community Pohela Bishakh is a huge festivity.

Shogatsu

Shogatsu is the Japanese New Year celebration. Since 1873 it has been celebrated on the 1st of January.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a festivity held by the African Americans from the 26th of December until the 1st of January. It honours African roots, culture and unity.

Queima das Fitas

The University in Portuguese city of Coimbra was founded in 1290. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Bento

Bento is a meal packed in a box shaped container. In Japan it traditionally includes rice, fish or meat and some vegetables.

Hanok

Hanok is a traditional Korean house. Location of the house and its interior structure have to be closely related to the land and local climate. This principle is called “baesanimsu.” So, an ideal hanok has a river in front of it, mountains in the background. Such a house includes the “ondol” (gudeul) underfloor heating system and “daecheong” front porch that enables air conditioning during summer. Hanok is built of soil, wood and stone.
hanok Hanok – traditional Korean house

Yabusame

Yabusame is a type of traditional Japanese mounted archery. An archer tries to shoot three arrows at three wooden targets while galloping down the 225 metres long track. Everything should be done in about 20 seconds.
Yabusame archer Yabusame archer

Chochin lantern

Chochin is a Japanese portable lantern whose source of light is a candle. On its top and bottom there are rings. Between them there is a spiral-shaped bamboo coil. This enables the fact that the lantern can be folded flat.
Japanese chochin lantern Japanese chochin lantern

Gestures

Gestures are forms of non-verbal communication. Through certain body moves we send messages to other people. Gestures can be performed together with words or without them. Gestures differ from culture to culture.
I love you gesture in Thailand I love you gesture in Thailand