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My first trip

It’s summer in the Northern hemisphere, so probably many of you are thinking about holidays, or at least escaping outside now and again. So for this month’s collaborative post we’ve been thinking about travel. If you’re in the Southern hemisphere, well, maybe you will read this and dream of the summer that’s coming up.

Colombia, the USA, India, Bulgaria… PocketCultures contributors from around the world write about their first trip abroad (or – since we haven’t all had the chance to travel abroad – their first big trip). Read on to find out where they went and what they did!

Nuria (Costa Rica)

I took my first trip abroad when I turned 15 years old. My parents and sisters celebrated this special birthday, Quince Años in Spanish, with me in San Andres Island, Colombia. It was the first time I was ever on a plane, so the trip was really exciting although it was only about an hour! I remember the day before leaving, I did not feel so good and I had a rash, so I went to the drugstore but they told me it was only an allergy. So, I did not pay that much attention to it. But the next day when we were at the airport, I had a fever and did not feel that good the following days. Since I thought what I had was a simple allergy, once I noticed some itchy, red dots on my legs, I just scratched them all.

Getting my hair braided


August 15, 2012 2 comments

American recipes for Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to all our American readers! It’s been a week of food posts for Topics of the World, and to finish off here is an American food blog, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Pinch my Salt author Nicole has been preparing for thanksgiving with a series of holiday recipes. Creamy mashed potatoes, curried chicken salad and pumpkin spice cake are just some of the mouth-watering dishes.

Of course there are many more recipes and they all look very good. Nicole got her inspiration to cook from time she spent living in Sicily and the odd Sicilian recipe sneaks in there too.

For the rest us who are not celebrating Thanksgiving but would like to know more about it, explains all about Thanksgiving history and traditions.

November 27, 2008 Comments disabled

Indian investors lose hope in Lakshmi

This week India is celebrating Diwali, the festival of light. The festival is important for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. At this time houses are decorated with candles, lamps and wall and door hangings.

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For Hindus one of the main events associated with Diwali is the birth of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The exact date of Diwali differs from year to year, but it always comes around the end of the harvest season for most of India. Hindus perform Lakshmi puja, to give thanks for the harvest and pray for plenty in the year to come.

The Indian stock market upholds Diwali tradition by opening for one hour during the festival for Muhurat trading (Muhurat is an auspicious time calculated according to Indian astrology)

However recent financial performance threatens to dampen spirits this year. The Times of India predicts a gloomy mood for this afternoon’s Muhurat trading.

October 28, 2008 Comments disabled

Oktoberfest recipes

Less than two weeks after the end of Oktoberfest 2008, the town of Munich in Germany is already counting down to the next one.

Oktoberfest is held every year in Bavaria and the festival attracts many visitors, who enjoy German beer and hearty German food during the celebrations.

For anyone else who wants to get in the mood early, this page from German Foods website has recipes for traditional German foods for the Oktoberfest.

October 11, 2008 Comments disabled

Iraqi food for Jewish New Year

This week Jews are celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

Many Jews eat sweet foods during this festival to symbolise their hopes for the year to come. However one traditional dish eaten by Jews coming from Amara in Southern Iraq is a combination of bitter chard, sweet beets and sweet and sour sauce.

In this article from the International Herald Tribune Joan Nathan describes the picnic in a pine forest near Jerusalem where he first tried the dish.

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September 29, 2008 Comments disabled

6 festivals in one day

Last Friday was an unusual day – the celebration of 6 different religious festivals fell on the same day. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists each celebrated an important festival. Time magazine examines the odds, which are apparently very small.

To mark the occasion, All things Pakistan blog published a thought-provoking article highlighting the different religious groups who have been celebrating in Pakistan.

March 24, 2008 Comments disabled