Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

The holiday season is full of traditions. We love to put up lights, decorate a Christmas tree, and set out a plate of cookies for Santa. Over two billion people across the globe observe Christmas every year. How do families in other countries celebrate the occasion?

Simonopetra Monks | Traditional Byzantine Chanting

The video above is an inspiring example of traditional Byzantine chanting. The choir of Simonopetra has published a series of collections that are renowned among Byzantine music enthusiasts. Agni Parthene, which translates to “O Pure Virgin,” is the most popular Byzantine chant and has earned the monastery widespread recognition.

Peru’s Festival of the Snow Star

Peru’s Festival of the Snow Star

The Peruvian Festival of the Snow Star is held in May or June in the Sinkara Valley in the Cusco region of Peru. As described in the blog, Festival Mood, this festival is a religious and cultural gathering commemorating an event that occurred in 1780.