You know New York City's famous Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve, but did you know that in Germany, molten lead is dropped into cold water to predict what will happen in the coming year? The new year has been celebrated since the times of ancient Babylon, and while most cultures recognize January 1st as the official New Year, celebrations vary widely. Read on to see how the new year is celebrated around the globe as you think about your own resolutions - and get some travel inspiration!
It may seem hard to believe now in the heat of August, but fall is right around the corner. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fall destinations for you to explore this autumn.
As the first days of spring greet our winter weary eyes, flowers begin to bloom, trees reawaken, and the earth begins to defrost. In Japan, the appreciation of the first blooms of spring is known as hanami and traditionally refers to the viewing of the soft, fluffy blooms of the cherry tree. Cities around the world have embraced this practice as Japan has graciously shared this native beauty with cities such as:
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Here in the states, St. Patrick's Day is typically celebrated with parades, drinking, and wearing a ton of green - lest you be pinched for your non-festive atire! In Dublin, the color du jour is orange - the true color of the nation - and, of course, more drinking. Here you can learn about the celebration of St. Patrick around the world on the one day in which everyone can be Irish.