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Passover the Czech Matzo



As the spring months are approaching and the weather seems to be far behind them, Passover in Prague was an experience to remember. At CIEE – Charles University, I am taking a class called the History of the Jews in Bohemia and Central Europe, and the class is amazing.


Everyone’s Irish on March 17th


It’s been estimated that about 500,000 people celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the streets of Dublin. There has been a massive pull for tourists to travel to Ireland called ‘The Gathering.’ And gather they did.


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…


Christmas!  It was officially Christmas.

Starting a couple of weeks ago, I began seeing the signs of Christmas. Thankfully, Italians don’t shove the Christmas spirit in your face the way that Americans do. Christmas decorations appear very slowly and slowly get you into the holiday spirit. Window displays started showing Christmas sweaters, hats, scarves, and gloves. Then, the CioccoShow arrived.


Ringing in a New Year from the Shrines of Japan


New Year’s is undeniably one of the most important events celebrated in Japan.  I imagined this meant a night out laughing, dancing, and socializing with friends and family while waiting for the countdown to midnight and firework spectacular.


Thanksgiving Abroad


The changing of seasons also brings the anticipation of the holidays. However, there is a much different vibe regarding the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving.


Holidays Away from Home


The holidays are not as much about where you are, but who you spend them with. Thankfully I have great people in my life all over the world. I’ve spent a few holidays in Spain now, and they’ve all turned out better than expected.


Bayram’dan Sonra… (After [Kurban] Bayramı)


Quite a few weeks ago now, most of the country celebrated Kurban Bayramı, which is the same as the holiday Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). The holiday coincides with the end of the Hajj (which is also the end of the Muslim lunar calendrical year), and lasts five days.


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