Happy New Year, Cambodia-Style

Choul Chnam, the Khmer New Year, celebrates the beginning of the Buddhist religion. For three days in mid-April, thousands of Cambodians head for the Angkor temples to celebrate, picnic, and sight-see. Learn more about the holiday and how it’s celebrated.

Réveillon in Imbassaí

In Brazil, it’s customary on New Year’s to get decked out in immaculate white and offer flowers to Iemanjá, Queen of the Seas. Resident Michael Sommers shares a fun, humor-filled experience of the end-of-the-year holiday.

New Year’s Eve in Ecuador: Embracing Local Culture

Instead of singing “Auld Lang Syne” when midnight strikes in Ecuador, residents set dummies on fire. Read on to learn more about the country’s biggest tradition on New Year’s Eve as Amy E. Robertson shares her experience of the holiday in Quito.

Road Trip Travel: Fired Up for the 4th of July

Despite the ongoing economic doldrums, Americans are feeling more upbeat than ever when it comes to planning 4th of July road trips. With gas prices down by 10 to 20 percent from the $4+ per gallon highs they hit in April, more Americans are planning to hit the road, and we’re traveling farther for our fireworks and fun.

Magic Carpets of Minas Gerais

During the Catholic festivals of Easter and Corpus Christi, colonial towns of Minas Gerais decorate the streets in colorful “tapetes de serragem” — carpets of dyed sawdust.

Rio’s Carnaval Goes Full Tilt

For those who missed this year’s Carnaval in Rio or who just plain miss Rio, the 5-minute film, “The City of Samba,” will either kill your longings or inflame your Rio yearnings all the more.

Commemorating Cachaça

September 13 was Dia Nacional da Cachaça. Just imagine an entire day devoted to the distilled sugar cane alcohol without which the world would never have known the marvelously refreshing innovation that is the caipirinha.

US Pride Events 2011

Pride parades and events celebrating queer life have sprung up all over the country, spreading joy and love across the land. Most pride events occur annually in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement, though it is possible to find pride events throughout the summer months and even into October.