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Picture Postcards: Bonfire night


This photo of a girl enjoying Bonfire Night on the 5th of November comes to us from Denise in the UK. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, it is a festival that began after Guy Fawkes attempted, yet failed, to assinate King James I by blowing up the Parliament buildings. The occasion is marked by bonfires, sparklers and fireworks.


November 22, 2010 1 comment

Festivals from around the world

This month, we asked our contributors from around the world about festivals in their countries. Read on for festivals from Okinawa, Nigeria, Spain, England, USA and Argentina.

Okinawa (Japan)

By Mike Lynch, regional contributor for Japan (Okinawa)

The Island of Okinawa has too many festivals to cover in one article so I’ll list three that occur in Naha, the capitol city, which is also nearby an International Airport and convenient public transportation.

The Naha Festival
A three day event which takes place around the 10th of October each year, the main attraction is the Naha Great Tug-O-War. This event has its roots in celebration of the end of Summer and the hope for a plentiful harvest in the next season. Many villages throughout the Ryukyu (Okinawa) Island Chain celebrate with tug-o-wars but, Naha has the largest. It is a Guinness World Record rope that weighs over 40 tons and as many as 200,000 people may attend the event with 15,000 or more joining in on the tug.



November 17, 2010 7 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

Kiss, hug or shake hands?

This is the first in a new series of collaborative posts, where we explore different social situations from the point of view of our contributors around the world.

Today’s topic: how to greet people in different countries.



July 14, 2010 44 comments

The Hand of God and other World Cup drama

The Hand of God can have many different meanings.

The Hand of God – La Nacion

And although soccer is like a religion for some, it has nothing to do with divine intervention in this case. It is, rather, the name of a controversial goal scored by Argentina’s Diego Maradona against the English side in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Footage shows Maradona touching the ball with his hand; however, the goal was allowed and Argentina went on to win the match 2-1 and eventually the tournament. The name was coined when, during a press conference, Diego Maradona said the goal was scored “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios” (“a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”)


July 2, 2010 2 comments

What do you really like about your country?

Petya, a Bulgarian living in the USA, just posted about what she loves about Bulgarians:

What I really like about Bulgarians is our complete disregard for personal space: we are nosy neighbors, tell people how to raise the children, take a lot of group trips, talk to our parents several times a week, show up uninvited, pick fruit off any tree that’s within our reach. When I am in Bulgaria, I feel very connected. I love that.

We got chatting about it, and decided it would be cool to hear your answers too. We know you’re an international bunch, so tell us:

What do you really like about your country?

And if you’re an expat:

What do you really like about your adoptive country?


May 25, 2010 7 comments