Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) in Japan

On March 3rd, Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) is celebrated in Japan. This is a day when families with little girls wish "health and happiness" for them. Hina refers to the kind of dolls traditionally put on display for the celebration. Matsuri means "festival" in Japanese. Putting them together, Hinamatsuri means something like, "Hina-doll Day". However, Hinamatsuri is commonly referred to as "Girls' Day" in English. Continue reading

Brazilian Carnival

To say Carnaval is the most greatly anticipated holiday in the country would be an understatement. Millions of Brasileiros (Brazilians) and tourists alike will tell you that the year can only begin after the Carnival festivities, when passion meets talent and great music, and the entire country stops its day to come together in celebration. Continue reading