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PocketCultures world tour: best of 2011

Happy New Year! Our roundup of 2011 begins with a reminder that 1st January is not the beginning of a new year throughout the world. Carla wrote that Brazilians consider the year to start after February’s carnival, and Anu wrote about new year celebrations which take place at different times in different parts of India. Of course many parts of the world do celebrate the start of the New Year on January 1st, and Sandra’s post explained all about new year celebrations in Portugal.

Bolo Rei
Bolo Rei – part of the New Year celebrations in Portugal. Credit.


December 31, 2011 1 comment

Can dancing unite the world?

Do you know Dancing Matt? His real name is Matt Harding and he became an Internet celebrity with a series of videos of himself doing silly dances in all kinds of places around the world. For his last video, Matt visited 42 countries and invited locals to dance with him in each country.


July 8, 2011 2 comments

Breakfast around the world

What’s for breakfast where you are? In some countries, sweet foods are the norm. In others, breakfast is always savoury. Sometimes it’s a light meal, other times it’s a filling dish that will keep you going for many hours.

Selected from our previous posts and photos posted in our Picture Postcards photo group, here’s what PocketCultures readers and contributors around the world are eating for breakfast.


Photo by Marcello


January 12, 2011 16 comments

School Days Around the World

Recently on PocketCultures, we have featured collaborative posts to reflect the varying experiences of our contributors in different countries. These include Superstitions around the world and one of our most popular posts, Kiss, hug or shake hands?

This month, we asked our contributors from around the world to tell us about a typical school day in their country.

United Kingdom

Photo credit: shaindlin

Lucy Chatburn wrote:

Children in the UK usually start going to school just before their fifth birthday. They attend primary school until the age of eleven, and then secondary school until the age of sixteen or eighteen. At primary school the typical day is from 9am to 3.15pm, with slightly longer days in secondary school.


September 15, 2010 4 comments

Superstitions around the world

Do you have a lucky charm? Do you avoid calla lilies? Do you believe that to spill salt brings bad luck?

If you do, this article is for you. Here’s a round up of superstitions from different countries sent in by our contributors around the world:


Rebecca Kinsella wrote:

Australian Indigenous people believe in The Dreaming, a time when the Ancestral Beings moved across the earth, creating the animals, plants, rock formations and features of the landscape. Indigenous stories of creation are founded in Dreamtime myths and the supernatural. They form an integral part of Aboriginal spirituality, and in some areas there are separate beliefs for men and women.

Many Indigenous Australians are very superstitious people, and their connection with the land leads them to believe certain animal spirits can harm people. One belief is that killing a willy-wagtail bird makes the bird’s spirit angry; creating storms of violence that can kill people.

Willy Wag Tail


August 18, 2010 33 comments

Help design our book

At PocketCultures we’re very excited about a project that we’ve been working on together: a book about Children’s games around the world.

As well as having fun writing the book, we hope you’ll have fun reading it too. So we’ve put together a short survey to find out more about what you’d like us to include.

We’d love to hear your feedback on the idea – the survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Thanks!

Take the survey here

Read more:
Kiss, hug or shake hands? Greeting people around the world
What is a global citizen? We asked, you answered
World travel bloggers and Lonely Planet

August 7, 2010 Comments disabled