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Love is all around? That depends where you are.

No love for Valentine's Day?

On Wednesday 14 February, lovers and sweethearts around the world will exchange gifts and cards to mark Valentine's Day. For many it is a harmless day to encourage some romance However, in some parts of the world, actively celebrating St. Valentine's Day is frowned upon and even banned.

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Christmas is not celebrated on 25 December in every country

Christmas Day around the world

From a western persepctive, it may seem like Christmas Day on 25 December is a global event. However, not all countries celebrate Christmas on 25 December, and it is not a public holiday in many countries.

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How Advent calendars redfefined Advent

How Advent Calendars redefined Advent

The traditional length of Advent depended on the date of the Sunday nearest to Saint Andrew's Day. Read how a pragmatic business decision by a German publisher in the early twentieth century changed Advent forever.

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Is Columbus finally sailing off the edge of the world?

Is Columbus finally sailing off the edge of the world?

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937 and has been observed on the second Monday in October since 1971. The holiday that marks Europe's discovery of the new world has run into uncharted waters and feels as though it could sink without a trace.

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Today, we celebrate our Independence Day

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day

Tuesday 4th July 2017 is Independence day in the USA, marking 241 years since America declared independence from Great Britain. Did you know that 162 other countries have an Independence Day as their National Day?

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