We all eat and drink a bit too much over Christmas and the holidays. But how guilty do we really need to feel about it?
Rituals have been around for hundreds of thousands of years – but are they still useful today?
If there are a few girls named Noah, we’re not seeing any boys called Olivia.
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Parents are more traditional and risk-averse in naming their sons because boys’ names continue to retain more cultural value than girls’ do.
Grandparents are teaching Chinese calligraphy to their granddaughter and how to write Chinese New Year auspicious messages.
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The Lunar New Year celebrations that start on Feb. 1 will go on for a week. It is the year of the tiger, considered in Chinese culture as the foremost among all beasts.
It’s the year of the tiger and families will gather to share in sticky rice cakes and dumplings hoping to start the lunar new year off right.
Not everyone is a fan of Turkey Day.
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From ‘turkey trot’ to ‘going cold turkey,’ the centerpiece to many Thanksgiving dinners has lent its name to many things. But it also borrowed its name from elsewhere.
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Perceptions of marriage abduction as a recent phenomenon hide the violence that has been done to women as part of culture.
An important ceremony: the U.S. Capitol during President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
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Formal ceremonies and rituals can trigger psychological signals that command people’s attention and strengthen the perceived importance of those moments.
The Christmas we celebrate today around the world, whether in northern winter or southern summer, has its roots in many cultures and traditions.
Preparing food is an important ritual in providing care and comfort.
Biblical texts contain many references to food, reflecting the complex symbolism in the preparation and sharing of food.
An annual tradition or a national embarrassment.
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The annual Dec. 5 tradition sees performers don blackface and afro wigs. But a growing number of Dutch citizens believe it’s time to wave goodbye to Black Pete.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in Oct. 12 for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Taking oath is an important tradition before assuming charge of a public office. It entails a commitment to the future. What is the history of oath-taking?
You can still enjoy some of the fun of Halloween celebrations this year, and stay safe. It helps to look back at the origins of some of the spooky traditions.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help.
A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let’s climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.
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Centuries-old shinise businesses have withstood Westernisation, changing tastes and increasing competition.
Like a finely tuned jazz musician.
We often spend time thinking about how we can change ourselves rather than rejoicing in what makes us truly unique.
An artisan is working with a silk weaving loom in her workshop.
Many major luxury goods firms have long made place a key part of their identity, and a visit to a traditional silk-weaving centre in Vietnam shows that the approach could work for small firms too.
Jordanian Bedouin border guards on parade.
The old ways of doing things still matter – it’s just that some of it now takes place online.
Brotherhood is produced by men with a sense of licence and tradition, and is sustained through particular rites of passage and rituals of abuse.
Addressing male cultures of tribalism and violence needs to be central to the response to reports of hazing and violence in Austrslia’s university colleges.