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Totensonntag

November 17 in Germany is a national day of mourning for everyone who has died in war or as a result of tyranny. The “national day of the dead” is respected across Germany as a stiller tag — a day of quiet where it’s not okay to play loud music...

Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights. The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness and symbolically, of good over evil. Diwali is an autumn festival in the northern hemisphere, and isassociated with firework displays as well...

Festival of Saint Nicholas

The Christian festival of Saint Nicholas is observed on December 6 throughout western Europe and in some eastern European countries including Romania and Hungary. Saint Nicholas is the prototype for Santa Claus, and he has for centuries been associated with being a...

Krampusnacht

As a child, I remember the Krampus in Bischofstetten, my home village in Austria. He was a scary figure. On Krampusnacht, on 5th December, the Eve of the Feast of St Nicholas, we would get to meet him. Oma and Opa, my grandparents, had a hayloft with recesses stained...

Burbura

People across the Levantine Middle East eat a heavily-scented porridge called Burbura on 4th December, to celebrate the feast of St Barbara. The Eid al-Burbura is celebrated in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine, as well as parts of Russia and Turkey. The...
A simple breakfast

A simple breakfast

Muesli, skyr and blackberries. Couldn’t be simpler and couldn’t be better.