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Kanamara Matsuri, or "steel phallus festival", is a yearly festival in Kawasaki, Japan. Having visited the festival I have to say I was intrigued. It takes place in spring on the first Sunday of April. The festivities are not like the ones you usually see at shrine festivals in Japan.  It ...

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Kanamara Matsuri, or "steel phallus festival", is a yearly festival in Kawasaki, Japan. Having visited the festival I have to say I was intrigued. It takes place in spring on the first Sunday of April. The festivities are not like the ones you usually see at shrine festivals in Japan.  It ...

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Holidays & religion Romania is a country where most of the population is following the orthodox-christian religion. The orthodox religion is derived from Christianity but is much stricter in some ways like fasting without any animal product (milk, eggs, butter), church service takes about 4 hour...

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Chinees nieuw jaar Het Chinese nieuwjaar is één van de allerbelangrijkste Chinese feestdagen! De meeste Chinezen gaan naar huis om deze dag samen met familie te vieren. Het Chinese nieuw jaar is ook wel het Lentefeest. Het feest begint goed met het aflossen van schulden, een schoo...

Chinese Moon Cake Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival  The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated every year around september or october, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month to be specific. In 2023: 29th of september. In 2024 17th of september. After the Chinese new year one of the biggest festivities. It is on the day that the moon...

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