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5 February 2011 - 11:56am

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Thought it might be fun to share holidays or traditions etc. specific to where you are. How do you celebrate? Do you think they are silly?

Groundhog Day in the USA was on February 3rd. Phil, the groundhog, saw his shadow and predicted and early Spring. Not sure I believe this. It's always such a long winter. People gather in Gobbler’s Knob to watch the prediction. The rest of us wait for his picture to be printed on the front of the newspaper. I don't know

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. It also kicks off the start of Summer. People are spending time out doors and barbecuing with family and friends. I have some drinks and enjoy the weather with my family. Beer

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6 February 2011 - 11:36pm
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I enjoyed the Groundhog Day movie, but you are right the whole thing is bizarre. I'm sure I heard that the prediction is supposed to be wrong more often than not. And Gobbler's Knob... what a quality name for a place. You wouldn't want to type it the wrong way round in google though.

And speaking of winter, can I have a little winter down this way please? This last week has been the hottest ever recorded, every day was over 32C, and a couple were over 40C (104F). On Saturday it was 42. We've been cooking here!

We have the same sort of holidays, nothing as strange as groudhog day though.

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7 February 2011 - 10:58am
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Does Sweetest Day exist anywhere outside of the US? It's in October and is supposedly the "Valentine's Day for Men". Just a Hallmark holiday to me.

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7 February 2011 - 8:18pm
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Oh they have so many days in US it's insanity! Days that you were never even dream existed.

My fav day is Punchki Day!

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9 February 2011 - 5:44am
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Never heard of Sweetest Day or Punchki Day!

I looked up Sweetest Day and got this hilarious line from wikipedia ... 'Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted promotion" created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.'

Punchki Day looks delicious though...

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9 February 2011 - 11:48am
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Punchki Day IS delicious!

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is also yummy. Gotta have a margarita on that day!

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13 February 2011 - 2:22pm
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Having interacted with so many players around the world i have learned of some interesting holidays. I know for one, Australia just recently had "Australia Day". And i found Britain to have an interesting day "Boxing Day".

And yes Cinco de Mayo is Huge in the US. We will celebrate any holiday as long it is a good time to be had.

One holiday that the US celebrates BIG TIME is Saint Patrick's Day. I was floored when i learned that Ireland didn't celebrate it near as much as we do.

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13 February 2011 - 2:33pm
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All the ones that call for a drink are acceptable to me Martini

Recently heard about Red Nose Day on March 18th in the UK. A day, usually every other year, on which the Comic Relief organisation encourages the public to engage in fundraising for charity.

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20 February 2011 - 10:57pm
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Looking forward to some green beer! In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green in honor of St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) each year.

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21 February 2011 - 9:46am
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Hmmm, in Serbia, yumminess is strictly related to religious holidays. For example, family's protector saint's day, or Christmas, Easter, etc. Also, in case of the latter two, we fast before the feast (we don't eat food of animal origin for at least a day, but some fast for weeks or even 40 days). I guess the purpose of this is to clean your soul before you jump at all the tasty food that comes around these holidays. Eat

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Would love to hear from other countries their customs when greeting someone for the first time.

I know here in the states a handshake is most customary particularly in business. But then again if it is someone you know personally and not on a business level a hug certainly works. Being in the US is so culturally diverse it depends a lot on the individuals heritage when it comes to a personal greeting.

I have found that the Italian culture is the most affectionate greeters including hugs and kisses.

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10 March 2011 - 11:13am
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We just made our way through pancake day on March 8th. Did you eat pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes? I had some American pancakes with maple syrup. Here in the UK they eat pancakes thin and crepe like with sugar and lemon juice over the top.

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My oldest son, now 30 years old, (I had him when I was ten year old, lol) skipped school one St Patty''s day when he was in high school. The local cop came to our apartment door (I was at work!) and told him to get his butt to school (small town!). He told him it was against his beliefs to go to school that day, due to his nationality. He is 1/4 Irish, and he was in BIG TROUBLE when I found out this stunt he played. Now, we still tease him about it.

I am looking forward to SPRING BREAK! I get on a plane to Florida on March 26th to go visit my mom. We are going snorkeling in the Keys and going to hang out at the beaches of Bonita Springs. Mom is 82 years old and tells me that this may be her last time snorkeling, lol.

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11 March 2011 - 11:17am
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Ah gotta love Spring Break. You and your mom behave yourselves and keep your tops on hope! No "girls gone wild" moments. lol
I probably don't even have the energy to snorkel. If your mom does at 82, bless her!

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18 March 2011 - 9:48am
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Happy Red Nose Day! people are walking around out here with red noses. Workers in the shops are dressed up. So cool! My first Red Nose Day!

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19 March 2011 - 7:53pm
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lol, I have never heard of "red nose day." Is this one for the drinkers? No fake nose needed? lol

And, Savannah, of course we will keep our tops on, lmao! I do not want to scare everyone off the beach....although I have seen some pretty scary (well maybe really brave?) people walking down that shoreline: older guys in speedos, but you really cannot find the speedo because it is hidden by the belly, women of all ages and all shapes and sizes with teeny weeny string bikinis! I sometimes envy them, wish I could have that attitude of who gives a $%&# and baby, let it all hang out. haha!

A few times ago, when I went to FL I was pregnant with my youngest, and I felt like a beached whale in my "maternity swimsuit." Now, even pregnant moms let it all hang out. Guess I am getting old. I do need to find a new swimsuit, but guaranteed it will cover my entire body. haha!

Here's to sunshine and happy days ahead. Spring and summer CANNOT come soon enough this year! Smile

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Red nose day is held in Australia too. Its for the SIDS charity.

/trying to get the mental image of fat old men in speedos out of my mind aaaaghgh! lol

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25 March 2011 - 12:46pm
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March 25th is Independence Day in Greece. It commemorates the start of the 1821 War of Greek Independence. Anyone from Greece? What sort of celebrations occur?

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Not sure they actually put up a celebration. Perhaps it's a day off in Greece or something...

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April Fools day is coming up on April 1st. Time for pranks..........he he he

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Yaaaaay, pranks! Any good suggestions, guys? lol

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Long ago I told a boyfriend I was pregnant for an April Fools joke. There was panicked silence.

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That is too mean. Poor fella. I hope you made it up to him.

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I like the Georgian tradition of Tamada, which means a person who leads the "party". really interesting and different feature for the culture.

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