Following New Year’s Eve will be an array of broken promises, sparingly used gym memberships and fad diets. Thankfully, though, it seems the rest of the world has some different ideas:
Cultures & traditions
The Tió de Nadal tradition is found in Catalonia, and I think it’s fair to say it’s a little odd to an outsider like me.
Every year, thousands of Brits take the short journey over to Germany during the festive season to explore the markets and enjoy the beautiful Christmassy atmosphere. To me, it’s the home of Christmas, and they definitely do it best. The decorations, the food, the traditions, the castles with snow on them – perfection!
We tend to take tiles for granted in Britain. To us, they’re just the go-to wall covering for bathrooms and kitchens, mainly because they’re waterproof and easily wipe-cleanable. But in Morocco, tiles are put to far more aesthetically pleasing uses.
Most people associate Bonfire Night with the story of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt at blowing up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder. But did you know that fireworks are thought to have been invented by accident long before the invention of gunpowder?
UFO sightings are reported by people from all over the world. Captured on their camera phones (and some with a bit of help from Photoshop too), unidentified flying objects bewilder both believers and non-believers.
Halloween, an excuse to eat excessive amounts of sweets and douse yourself in gallons of fake blood. Well, that’s how the majority of the UK seem to celebrate the remembrance of the dead, anyway. But to be honest, all that nonsense doesn’t really interest me as much as the Mexican celebrations of Day of The Dead or “Día de los Muertos”.
We’re all going to die (except me, hopefully) so what better way to spend our remaining time on earth than by thinking about what happens to the corpses we leave behind?
Let’s set the scene: it’s mid-to-late August, it’s scorching, the crops yearn for water and the people depend on the crops in order to survive the winter. When in drought, rain dance!
Snow-white skin, coal-black hair, bold red lips and extravagant silk kimonos. To me, Japanese geisha are among some of the most beautiful women to walk the earth (Bettie Page is totally on this list too!). But who are they and what do they do?