The Meaning of Flowers: Cultural Traditions in Giving Flowers

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Now that spring is here and flowers are in bloom all over the northern hemisphere, it reminded us of the powerful gift of giving flowers to brighten someone’s day. But which flowers do you give for which occasion? And do … Continue reading

Springing Into a New Year

Nowruz Persian new Year Sale no mobarak! That phrase—”Happy New Year”—was heard in countless households across the world today. When we welcome in the season of spring (or the vernal equinox) on March 20 each year, Persians welcome in their New Year: Nowruz (which translates … Continue reading

The story and traditions behind Dragon Boat Festival

475606237 In Chinese, the name for Dragon Boat Festival is 端午节 [duān wǔ jié], which is not a literal translation of Dragon Boat Festival, but rather is an ancient phrase that relates to the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The festival is always celebrated on 五月初五 [wǔ yuè chū wǔ], the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on June 2. Continue reading