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Zimtsterne literally translates from German to English as Cinnamon Stars. They’re Cinnamon Star Cookies These cookies are a specialty of Germany, Austria, Alsace (Region of France) and Switzerland. They’re made for Christmas and in Alsace, they’re part of the "bredele" [...]
Las Posadas (The Inns) is a tradition in Mexico that starts on December 16th and continues until December 24th. It’s also celebrated in Guatemala, Colombia and El Salvador. People go singing from house to house, acting out when Joseph and Mary tried to find lodging in Bethlehem and were [...]
Going door-to-door for treats between Halloween and Christmas-time has been common throughout the West for the past few centuries. These traditions have their roots in Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated from October 31st to November 1st, the halfway point between the autumnal [...]
Austrian American actress Hedy Lamarr (1914 – 2000) is an unlikely person to have revolutionized the world of technology! She started as a successful Hollywood actress, eventually got bored and developed a communications system to guide missiles for the Allies in WWII. However, the methods [...]
Advent is a poem about Christmas by Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). Here you can listen to an mp3 of the original poem in German while reading along with the text. After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Advent Advent Es treibt der Wind im [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
Today is St Nicholas Day! Many children in Europe receive gifts and treats in the shoes they left out last night for St. Nick. Read all about the traditions of St. Nick here. [...]
Krampus is a nasty demon with horns and a long red tongue. His name comes from the word for "Claw". He accompanies St. Nick on his rounds the night before St. Nick’s Day (December 6th). St. Nick gives all the good little boys and girls gifts. Krampus, on the [...]
Noche de paz is the Spanish version of Silent Night. This Christmas Carol was originally written in German in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. It was called Stille Nacht. Below you can listen to Noche de paz, read the Spanish lyrics and then a literal English translation of the Spanish version. MP3 Recording [...]
Two new Mozart piano pieces were found in a French library in January. The pieces are the first movement of the concerto in G, molto allegro, and a prelude in G. They were most likely composed when Mozart was 7 or 8. The pieces were played for the first time to a modern audience on […] [...]