India: Makar Sankranti, January 15

January is dark and gloomy, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate the sun. Western cultures are pretty bereft of celebratory occasions during the deep winter months, as everyone hunkers down and waits for spring, so we turned to Southeast Asia, which doesn’t let a little winter funk get in the way of holiday-making.… Continue reading India: Makar Sankranti, January 15

Feast of the Epiphany, January 6

Although New Year’s Eve feels like the fizzy climax of the weeks of winter holidays, Catholics the world over have one more to celebrate: Epiphany, on January 6th. Epiphany is the day when the Three Kings, Magi or wise men–pick your favorite version–followed the star of Bethlehem to Jesus’s manger. Epiphany Eve is celebrated in… Continue reading Feast of the Epiphany, January 6