New Year’s traditions in Tbilisi

New Year’s traditions in Tbilisi

In Georgia, Europe and Asia have merged into a culture that is strangely not European nor Asian, but distinctly its own: Georgian. The mix of influences from the two continents has resulted in unique local traditions, cuisine, customs, and more that are unlike what you’ll find anywhere else — including...

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10 ways to bring yourself good luck in the new year

10 ways to bring yourself good luck in the new year

If you want this year to be your year, then you need to ring in the new year the right way. After all, a kiss at midnight is swell, but is that going to help you get richer or get your wishes granted or keep the bad spirits away over...

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Ice baths, fish scales, and other quirky Polish New Year’s traditions

Ice baths, fish scales, and other quirky Polish New Year’s traditions

New Year’s traditions in Poland are packed with superstition, all with the goal of making the coming year more prosperous than the last. Unfortunately, over time, many of the country’s older folk customs have faded into oblivion and aren’t as commonly celebrated as they once were — but that doesn’t mean...

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Wet and wild! A Songkran survival guide

Wet and wild! A Songkran survival guide

You’ve likely seen photos of it — even if you didn’t really know what it’s all about. The Songkran Festival (or Water Festival) is one of the most famous Thai celebrations and, at first glance, looks like nothing more than a wet and wild party. And yes, that’s kind of...

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Photo of the Week: Happy Tết from Vietnam!

Photo of the Week: Happy Tết from Vietnam!

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to celebrating! As carnival celebrations rage in Rio (currently being live Instagrammed for #TheLocalTakeover) and across Europe and the Caribbean, the people of Vietnam prep for their own special celebrations for the Lunar New Year.  Tết marks the beginning of the Vietnamese calendar and if...

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