The purpose of the Advent Wreath is to gather the family so you spend quality time together and light up a candle each of the Sundays preceding Christmas.
Celebrating Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet is an essential Dutch holiday tradition. The rituals, songs, and stories about it were always extra special to me.
Guy Fawkes (Bonfire) Night was an event as anticipated as Christmas. His arrest, caught with enough gunpowder to blow up Parliament Houses, was celebrated.
Beyond candy and scary costumes, this time of the year is also celebrated as la Toussaint, Dia de Los Muertos, and Obon in France, Mexico, and Japan respectively.
What does Halloween mean to the Irish, the Americans, the French, and the Japanese? Celebrate Halloween across cultures with theParentVoice,.
The song “Métis” (mixed-race, in French) is an anthem to the beauty of a world where people from different cultures and backgrounds come together to give birth to a generation of mixed-race children who are open minded and accept the “other” in all their differences.
The MassKara festival of the Philippines was born out of tragedy but exemplifies the values of resilience and a continued joy for life.
In Part II of our Cultural Perspective on Japan, we discuss Japanese childhood rituals, milestones, and traditions. To read Part I, ‘Ninkatsu to Ansei: Pregnancy to Postpartum the Japanese Way,’ click here. Childhood: Rituals, Milestones, and Traditions Mikkaiwai At three days of life, the mikkaiwai – third day rite – occurs. The baby is given a…
One of my earliest and fondest childhood memories is that of visiting our family’s summer cottage in Tohmajärvi, Finland. This was a summer ritual. One year, my grandfather and his friends build a new sauna building from an old worksite barrack or site hut. It was heated up nearly every evening. There was no shower…
Getting pregnant in Japan is a big event. It even has a name: ninkatsu, which means “pregnancy hunting”.