Expat Easter: Keeping Traditions
18 April, 2011 12:27
Expat Easter: Keeping Traditions
Trying to maintain some degree of normalcy, for both you and your family, can be difficult as an expat. These struggles can be most acute during the holidays when you try to embrace what you consider this holiday's traditions. Though a holiday may be celebrated around the world, what counts as celebration can be wildly different. For every American abroad that eats fast food on Thanksgiving, every German quietly celebrating "Re-Unification Day" in Africa, and every Australian looking for some chocolate Easter eggs in Shanghai- the sense of displacement can be quite poignant.
By understanding the traditions of your adopted home, some of that isolation can be dissipated. Each country has their unique way to celebrate and while you don't want to abandon the traditions you love, expanding the rituals you perform can strengthen your bond to the place that you come from, as well as the place you are now.(More)
Expats on the Run: Marathons
Most of us have never felt the need to run a marathon. Oddly, there are thousands that do. Officially, a marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles and 385 yards). The first events celebrated the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon, to Athens. It became an official Olympic events in 1896 in Athens, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921.
Now, more than 500 marathons are run throughout the world each year. Tens of thousands of participants come, some from around the world, to just run. While most people do not participate to win, some people seem truly addicted. Belgian athlete Stefaan Engels recently made world-wide news in his world record running streak of 365 marathons in 365 days.
So why do some people do it? And what do Marathons around the world say about the cities they are run in and the people that run them?(More)
INTERVIEW: Greg Granier - French Lover for Dummies
What is the show?
A One man show in english in Paris for english speaking people, Tourist, and expats, all you ever wanted to know about French Lover all around the world! the advantages: you ll get a show, You ll laugh a lot, and you get a training to become the ultimate French lover!!! another advantage is that we don't have much shows in english in Paris... it would be great to develop this sector...
Can you talk a bit about the comedian?
Greg Granier is a 30 years old commedian, who has run now 4 one man shows in paris and all over france, and now starting a show in english because he did all his studies in international section with a lot of expats children... beside of that he also works as a seduction coach.(More)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's is the day you might get a pinch if you step out without wearing green, you are likely to see some funny-colored beverages, and absolutely everyone claims to be a little Irish. St. Patrick's Day parades are practiced in odd corners of the globe and homes are filled with music, food, drink, and tradition. Play up your brogue, smile, and say thanks for this day of revelry and the Irish. (More)
Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval
Carnival is officially over and the feathers have come off, the headresses have been removed, and the body glitter keeps showing up in unlikely places. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (or Carnaval as spelled in Portuguese) is - without exaggeration - one of the biggest parties on earth. This celebration of sinful delight explodes onto the streets every year in a celebration of indulgence.
The name "Carnival" comes from "carnelevare" which means "to remove meat" and refers to the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat during the 40 days of Lent. Before the seriousness of the religious event, it is generally accepted that people indulge in food and alcohol. The Church initially discouraged the practice, but in the year 590 they gave into the inevitable and gave the festivities its blessings under the condition that Ash Wednesday should be dedicated to repent and sin expiation. A farewell to bad habits, this practice has become a festival of debauchery and is observed in traditionally Roman Catholic areas all over the world including New Orleans in the United States, Cologne in Germany, and Venice in Italy.(More)
Sport and Expatriation: support and practice abroad
Expat Match - Scotland v. England
Sporting events have the ability to tear communities apart or unite a nation. The emotion packed into a single game can match a soap opera as people cheer, cry, scream, pray, curse, sweat, and moan. For many expats, going to a sporting event is an opportunity to feel included. Upon arrival you can immediately put on a jersey, go to a game, and melt into a crowd of your countrymen. (More)
Valentine's Day Around the World
Though St. Valentine has been celebrated since he got his own day in 500 AD, Valentines Day has long held a bad rap. Omitted from the Roman calendar in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, the holiday we see today has little to do with the Christian martyr who gave it his name.
Flowers, paper hearts, candy and cupids make up the modern Valentine's Day festivities. Many people feel that February 14th has devolved into little more than a gimmick to sell material goods and has absolutely nothing to do with romance. (More)
New Years Around the World
Though the U.S. officially spans 9 time zones, most Americans watch the city of New York and its traditional ball drop for New Years Eve. Times Square fills with about a million eager party-goers, decked out in novelty glasses, paper top hats, and noisemakers. The snow that caused such havoc throughout the hectic winter season was swept aside. Host Ryan Seacrest led the festivities as a range of celebrities performed. Snooki, from the infamous reality TV show Jersey Shore, was planned to appear in the globe that drops at midnight. At the last minute, this odd sideshow act was pushed to the nearby state of New Jersey which spawned the original show. (More)
Top festivals around the world this November
The clock’s moving back, the days are getting shorter, the jackets are getting thicker and winter’s back in most of the northern hemisphere. But the festivities continue on all around the world. Here’s a round up of some of the major festivals and events from around the world this November. (More)
World Cup Fever
Vuvuzelas made their last trumpets, tvs flickered off around the world, and the Dutch returned the 120 caravans they rented to attend the world cup in South Africa. The furious month-long competition (June 11th to July 11th, 2010) is suddenly put to rest as one team has claimed the title of champions of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
South Africa's World Cup
In South Africa, there was wild anticipation as well as an edge of apprehension. It had been a long road to getting an African nation selected as host. This was the first World Cup bidding process under continental rotation and African nations could bid. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals. South Africa had been only narrowly defeated in its 2006 bid and this selection marked a change in Africa's status, worthy of international sports play. (More)