Holidays & Celebrations

Ready to celebrate your new life abroad? What better way than getting to know the local holidays and celebrations from around the world. Whatever kind of party you're looking for, you'll find it here in our expert guides.

Christmas markets

The best Christmas markets in Europe in 2023

Get ready to grab a mug of Glühwein and explore the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe this festive season.

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Chinese New Year

Legendary stories behind Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is awash with legends and stories that inform the holiday’s traditions to this day, including these three insider stories about the biggest celebration of the year.

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Planning a Thanksgiving meal abroad

Planning a Thanksgiving meal abroad

Four countries in the world mark the end of the harvest season with a Thanksgiving meal every year. Just because you’re living abroad doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your traditions, though. Plan the perfect Thanksgiving meal with these recipes and tips.

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History of Christmas trees

History of Christmas trees and manger scenes in Europe

Christmas trees and mangers are now in homes, public squares, and streets all over Europe. But they are more than just decorations; behind them, there is a rich history of Christmas trees.

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Halloween history

Pagans and pumpkins: a Halloween history

Have candy, costumes, and commercialization distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Learn more about Halloween history before putting on your costume.

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Ramadan

Ramadan: five tips to help you heed the holy fast

The world’s 1.8 billion Muslims approach business and life differently for one month of the year. Our expat guide to Ramadan brings you up to speed on this special season.

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Hanukkah

Celebrating Hanukkah

Globally, people celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate a miracle from nearly 2,200 years ago. Discover more about this Jewish festival of lights.

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New Year's resolutions

New Year’s resolutions only expats will understand

Looking to make some positive changes in your life this coming year? Well, these common expat New Year’s resolutions might inspire you.

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