Monthly Archives: October 2011

Slavic Supernatural: A Collection of East European Folk Spirits for Halloween

In addition to Dracula and werewolves that we all know about, here are a collection of other supernatural spirits from Eastern Europe to watch out for: Ala (Bulgarian)—An evil, destructive spirit that terrorizes farmers by destroying crops, lives in remote … Continue reading

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Diwali—Hindu Festival of Lights

Diwali (or Devali or Deepavali), which means “array of lights” or “row of lamps”, is a major Hindu festival. It takes place every year for 5 days at the full moon between mid-October and mid-November.  This year, October 24–28. It … Continue reading

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Chinese Lantern Festivals

Chinese have celebrated lantern festivals since the Han Dynasty (206–221 A.D.) . These important Chinese holidays fall under two categories: winter and mid-autumn. The winter festival takes place the first day of the first lunar month, which is usually in … Continue reading

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Paraguayan Harp

This past week in my travels, I ran across a street musician in Quebec City from Chile playing the Paraguayan Harp (for American, European, and Asian tourists). Not realizing there are various styles of harps from all around the world, … Continue reading

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