Category Archives: North America

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year in the United States. This commemorates the following significant dates: Sept. 15: Independence Day of five Central America countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica) … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Bermuda

Capital Hamilton Size/Population 20.6 sq. mi./64,268 (2010) Land 181 islands in the Atlantic Ocean Politics Parliamentary democratic dependency Economy Off-shore commerce, tourism, government employment Currency Bermudian dollar Language English Religion 23% Anglican, 15% Roman Catholic, 11% African Methodist Episcopal, 18% … Continue reading

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Do You Know Greenland?

  Capital Nuuk (Godthåb) Size 57 million people/836,000 sq. miles Land 81% ice Economy Fishing industry (90% of exports) Ethnic Groups 88% Inuit, 12% European (mostly Danish) Languages Greenlandic, Danish, Inuit (Kalaallisut) Religion 85% Christian (Luthern) Other Info Least densely … Continue reading

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African-Influenced Winter Holidays

Kwanzaa (Dec. 26­–Jan. 1) Beginnings Kwanzaa is a U.S. celebration honoring African-American heritage and culture. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” meaning first fruits of the harvest. The holiday was started in 1966 by Maulana … Continue reading

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Inuksuk, Inunnguaq, and Inuit

Inuksuk (or inukshuk) are stone structures built by Arctic peoples in North America. They have been found in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, and have come to represent a cultural symbol for the Inuit people. The word “inuksuk” means “something that … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead in Latin America

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday for remembering deceased family and friends that is celebrated throughout Latin America and around the world in countries influenced by Mexican culture. Additionally, many Asian, African, and European … Continue reading

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What’s So Hot about Burning Man?

“Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round … Continue reading

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Hula

Being a dance aficionado, I was very interested to check out Hawaii Day at the National Museum of the American Indian earlier this summer. There were dance performances throughout the day that re-piqued my interest in hula. Until recently, the … Continue reading

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