Bethlehem of Għajnsielem, Gozo, Malta

In the middle of the small beautiful village Għajnsielem on the island Gozo, there is a very interesting park called Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem. Actually as soon as you enter Mġarr Harbour, while still aboard the ferry, you will notice some of the welcoming landmarks of the harbor village of Għajnsielem just up the hill.  The first... Continue Reading →

Orthodox Christmas is celabrated on 7 January

Although the Gregorian calendar has become the international civil calendar, the Julian calendar was still used by some countries. Some Orthodox churches still use it today to calculate the dates of movable feasts, such as the Orthodox Church of Russia and Serbia, Georgian Orthodox Church, Jerusalem Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church also on the Mount Athos (or "Holy... Continue Reading →

Russian New Year’s Traditions

Russia is one of the six "northern" countries that inherit the legend about Ded Maroz (Santa Claus) as its nationality. In the Russian version of the legend about Santa Claus, he lives in the town of Great Ustjuga near Moscow. However, the Russians consider that they have the territorial rights to the North so, anyway,... Continue Reading →

The big bonfire of Scheveningen went wrong this year

Every year, the National Heritage organisation presents Bonfire Scheveningen on New Year's Eve on the Noorderstrand beach of The Hague, Netherlands. It takes about five days to build the gigantic structure that will be ignited at midnight to celebrate the New Year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1fZeXT8Q5o Bonfire Scheveningen has grown from an old, local tradition into a grand annual event in the... Continue Reading →

Wacken Open Air 2018

I am big W:O:A fan, for so many years. In this blog post I'm not going to describe the details regarding this festival and its history. If you wish to learn more you can check my older blog post about Wacken that contains all the interesting and historic details. My boyfriend and me are going... Continue Reading →

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