50 Facts About the History of Santa Claus Around The World

Like most kids who grew up in the US, I became fascinated with Santa Claus from a very early age. From his fuzzy red suit and his long white hair and beard to the reindeer who pulled his sleigh, this jolly old elf who distributed presents to kids all around the world was a larger-than-life legend. But unlike other children, I never really grew out of my interest in St. Nick. Always the inquisitive kid, I had so many questions: Who was Santa Claus? Where did he come from? How did he get to be so beloved by children all around the world? Raised in the Episcopal Church, I

Best Coffee In the World: A Gourmet’s Guide to the Perfect Bean

Best Coffee In the World: A Gourmet’s Guide to the Perfect Bean originally appeared on Green Global Travel. One of our favorite things about traveling around the world has been the opportunity it affords us to sample the best food, wine, and spirits the cultures we explore have to offer. I’ve been a hardcore coffee fanatic since I was 15 years old, making my dad

30 Fascinating Facts About Santa Around The World

30 Fascinating Facts About Santa Around The World originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Do you love Christmas as much as we do? Here are a slew of fascinating facts about the history and evolution of Santa around the world that you might not know: Scrooge’s third visitor, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol by John Leech via CC BRITISH SANTA CLAUS: Father Christmas • Pre-modern representations such as St Nicholas and Sinterklaas merged with the British character Father Christmas to

60 Christmas Traditions Around the World

60 Christmas Traditions Around the World originally appeared on Green Global Travel. It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas traditions, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations. In fact, it’s the one time of year that we simply refuse to travel. But even we didn’t know much about the various Christmas traditions around the world until we began researching this story. Hope you’ll find these 60 fun Christmas facts as fascinating as we did! ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS The origins of Christmas can be traced back to ancient pagan celebrations such as Deus Sol Invictus (observed Dec 25), the Kalends (Jan 1-5), and Saturnalia (Dec 17-23). The Christian Church

Travel Fashion Guide: Clothing/Accessories for Every Travel Style

Travel Fashion Guide: Clothing/Accessories for Every Travel Style originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Travel Fashion GuideClothing & Accessories for Every Travel Style You never really realize how important your travel fashion choices are until you find yourself in a remote destination for two to three weeks with no access to laundry services. Traveling light (i.e. carry-on luggage only) and combining business travel with ecotourism adventures only serves to complicate matters more. Over the past 7+ years of traveling together, Mary and

12 Odd Intangible Cultural Heritage Practices UNESCO Protects

12 Odd Intangible Cultural Heritage Practices UNESCO Protects originally appeared on Green Global Travel. 12 Odd Intangible Cultural HeritagePractices UNESCO Protects If you were enraged when ISIS extremists bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq, or in 2001 when they dynamited the 6th-century Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, you were probably feeling equal doses of anger and helplessness. These were both physical marvels, and we watched them senselessly annihilated by ignorance and hatred. But traditional customs and culture can die, too.

INTERVIEW: Kodo, Japan’s Legendary Taiko Drummers

INTERVIEW: Kodo, Japan’s Legendary Taiko Drummers originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Kodo: Japan’s Legendary Taiko Drummers I first discovered the thunderous power of Japan’s Kodo 20 years ago, when the Taiko drumming masters provided the scintillating soundtrack to the Christopher Lambert film, The Hunted. It was like nothing I’d ever heard– epic and exotic, emotionally dynamic, intricate and primal at the same time. I’ve been a devout fan ever since. Making their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo is based on Japan’s Sado Island. They’ve since given over 5500 performances in 46 countries worldwide under the theme of “One Earth,” using music as a universal language through which they connect their traditional Japanese culture with

PHOTO GALLERY: New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians

PHOTO GALLERY: New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians originally appeared on Green Global Travel. New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians The iconic Mardi Gras Indians are as inexorably linked to the annual New Orleans carnival celebration as beads, boobs and booze. But beyond the colorful costumes laced with gorgeous gems, fabulous feathers and impressively intricate beadwork lies a rich cultural history dating back nearly 300 years. And, until fairly recently, this fascinating story was unknown to virtually everyone who lived outside NOLA’s tightly-knit “black Indian” community. The history of the Mardi Gras Indians‘ culture can be traced back to the 1700s. When Jean-Baptise Le Moyne founded the port colony and river fort of Nouvelle Orle’ans in