Political satire is a popular theme for the monigotes and años viejos. Photo © Amy E. Robertson.

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.

Stuffed animals line booths at at temple fair in Chaoyang Park.

Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing

Chun Jie celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese year. Like most Chinese holidays, its exact date varies slightly from year to year, depending on the Chinese calendar. Author Shannon Aitken discusses the holiday’s traditions and why this may (or may not) be a great time to visit Beijing.

A santa hat on a white sand beach.

A Merry Cuban Christmas

There’s a good reason that many Cubans have never seen Santa, and it’s not because he couldn’t get a visa—nor that it’s never been known to snow in Cuba. To Cuba’s young, bearded revolutionaries, Christmas was both religious and capitalist at the same time, so the holiday was officially banned. Christopher P. Baker discusses the recent history of Christmas in Cuba and shares his own holiday experiences.

In a home with a parquet wood floor, crepe paper is strung from a ceiling light with a decorated Christmas tree in the foreground.

Christmas Celebrations in Delhi

Christmas is not the most feted day of the year for most people in Delhi, but it definitely does not go by unnoticed. Author Margot Bigg discusses holiday celebrations in India.

In the middle of the city, families stroll through a pop-up village with colorful characters and lanterns.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Hong Kong Festivals

Hong Kong has long been a stronghold of Chinese culture and its traditional festivals are celebrated with energy, color, and lots of noise. Resident and author Rory Boland gives an overview of Hong Kong’s festivals, from Chinese New Year to the Hungry Ghost Festival.

From Paris to Provence, chestnut vendors bring edible holiday cheer to the streets for a few weeks each year. Photo © Aurelia d'Andrea.

Christmas in Paris: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Nat King Cole probably didn’t have Parisian street corners in mind when he crooned the opening lines to the classic holiday tune “The Christmas Song,” but chestnuts roasting on an open fire are an annual tradition that adds a hefty dose of seasonal charm to the City of Light. Author Aurelia d’Andrea reveals the best place to experience this tradition like a local.

A blurred action photo of pedestrians moving through a subway terminal.

Foreigners in South Korea

In many place outside Seoul, non-Koreans are a relatively rare sight. Author Jonathan Hopfner educates visitors and prospective expats about the social climate, and he shares some history to explain South Korea’s relationship with foreigners and foreign nations.

An open wooden gate leads to a small courtyard with a cross in front of an old adobe building with belltowers.

Taking the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

Tiny villages sit along the winding highway through the mountains to Taos. From Santa Fe, the drive straight through takes only about an hour and a half, but leave time to dawdle at churches and galleries, take a hike, or have lunch on the way. Author Zora O’Neill directs you to the best spots for stopping.