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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

Belgian chocolate brands

Not just any old Belgian chocolate brands

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Is Belgian chocolate really better? As a chocolate aficionado, an expat blogger admits her taste buds have become more refined since being exposed to the best Belgian chocolate.

Christmas

Who's that with Santa? An introduction to Black Peter

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St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and his helper Black Peter (Zwarte Piet or Père Fouettard) are the source of some controversy – who's that Black Piet giving out the gifts at Christmas time?

Belgian Christmas

Curious Meredith: Preparing a Belgian Christmas feast

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Explore some of the tastiest traditional Belgian foods and ingredients and learn how to prepare a Christmas full of Belgian cheer.

Belgian Christmas

How Belgians celebrate the holidays

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Like the three official languages in Belgium, holiday traditions vary by region. Here is our overview of the festive season – Belgian style.

Can I be a good mother and still accept Zwarte Piet?

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If children survived the loss of golliwog figures, how about Zwarte Piet? Expat Ellen Duckenfield discusses if she can still be a good mother and accept her child's love of Zwarte Piet.

Africanah Girl: Is Sinterklaas and 'Zwarte Piet' racist or tradition?

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Much controversy has surrounded the blackface 'Zwarte Piet' helpers who arrive with Sinterklaas in Europe each year. Africanah Girl shares her side of the Zwarte Piet debate.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

The truth about 'French' fries: They're Belgian, you know

The truth about 'French' fries: They're Belgian, you know

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French fries have nothing to do with France – as many Belgians will attest – so why we do mistakenly refer to them as 'French fries'? Where did French fries come from?

Dutch phrases

The 10 funniest Dutch idioms – and what they really mean

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If your dinner guest tells you an 'angel peed on their tongue', you should take it as a Dutch compliment not an insult.

Romantic words

101 cute, romantic and obscure French terms of endearment

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What's the French word for love? When it comes to cute and romantic French terms of endearment, the French get pretty obscure – and a bit raunchy.

Belgian culture

How to tell you've become culturally Belgian

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That quirky Belgian culture rubs off on you in the best ways – here are 15 signs that prove how Belgium changes you.

How to be Belgian

35 things that change after 'going Belgian'

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How Belgian are you? If you've mastered the 'bof' sound and built up your Belgian beer glass collection, you're on your way to calling yourself a Belgian local.

French phrases

Things French-speakers say when they're really mad

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In place of insulting someone's mother, instead get grandma involved when getting angry in French. Tell them how you really feel in French!

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.



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