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· December, 2006

Stories about Arts & Culture from December, 2006

Russia, Belarus: “Gazilla”

There's a distinct sense of deja vu this New Year's Eve: Gazprom, Russia's largest (and state-controlled) company and the world's biggest extractor of natural gas, is in the spotlight again,...

Russia: A Typical New Year's

Snowsquare guides the readers through a typical New Year's celebration in Russia (a ten-day affair, by the way!) Happy New Year, everyone!

Cuba: Christmas traditions

Cuba-based blogger Kaloian Santos Cabrera posts an excerpt from a book on traditional Christmas observances in San Juan de los Remedios, Cuba, plus some photos.

Barbados: The other Eid

Titlayo discovers the “other” Eid — Eid al-Adha, when “Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice.”

Hungary: Van Gogh Exhibition

Pestcentric advises against visiting a Van Gogh exhibition in Budapest.

The Blogoma backs Nichane while the major Moroccan Media ignore it

Morocco is celebrating Eid ul Adha next Sunday, so Merry Eid from the Moroccan Blogosphere(Blogoma). Let's joke about…Baby! The controversy over Nichane continues its escalation. Actually, and according to Farid...

Mexico: Five Best Viral Videos

Eduardo Arcos highlights the five best “viral videos” of the year.

Ukraine: Ruslana Against Human Trafficking

The Natashas – “a blog for those interested in fighting the scourge of human trafficking of women and men, girls and boys, especially for purposes of sexual exploitation” – posts...

Jamaica: What the country needs

Francis Wade grapples with his desire, as a returnee to Jamaica, to find solutions to some of the problems plaguing his homeland: “Certainly, I am sure, a part of the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Trini geography

Chennette has an interesting commentary on the average Trinidadian's skewed vision of cardinal points: “Maybe it was growing up in a mathematical family, but I always viewed Trinidad as more...

Trinidad & Tobago: Christmas, credulity and commerce

Jeremy Taylor goes over some of the impossible notions about Christmas we have come to accept as fact, concluding “I take some comfort in the thought that the man at...

Russia: Moscow Half a Century Ago

LJ user fool_4_lifetime found a rare photo album in a Moscow dump – Im Flug nach Moskau, by Erich Einhorn, ARTIA, 1959 – and scanned and posted 60 spreads of...

India: Music Season in Chennai

Suraj is in Chennai (Madras) as the music season peaks in the city. “What expectations would you develop if your first day of the music season starts off with a...

Russia: New Year's Celebration

White Sun of the Desert writes about New Year celebrations in Russia.

Africa/India: overcoming differences

Inktus, a Ugandan blogger in New Delhi, India, writes about “overcoming differences and behaving as global citizens of one world.”

Vietnam: Christmas in Vietnam

Chris Harvey has pictures from a Christmas eve service in a Catholic church in Vietnam. “Many of you will be surprised to learn that Christmas in Vietnam is *huge*. And...

Brunei: Origins of Wedding Rituals

The Daily Brunei Resources blog traces the origin of Malay wedding custom of bunga telur. Bunga telur is the token gift presented to the guests who attend a wedding.

Belize: What do Christmas vacationers want?

Lee Vanderwalker in Caye Caulker, Belize, wonders: “Why do you think people vacation at Christmas time. Do you think they expect a traditional American Christmas? Do you think that if...

Barbados: Hollywood in the Caribbean

Barbados blogger AirBourne offers a capsule history of Hollywood's interventions in the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on the music featured in the films.

Bahamas: “Improving” Junkanoo

Nicolette Bethel advises her fellow Bahamians to heed the words of Trinidadian Carnival designer Peter Minshall when considering the “improvement” of Junkanoo, their own national festival.

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