Teaching English in Vietnam: Celebrating Tet - The Lunar New Year

"Chúc mừng năm mới!"

"Happy New Year" in Vietnamese and greetings on Saturday -January 28, 2017 as the Vietnamese welcome the "Year of the rooster!" Known as "Tet," the Vietnamese celebration of the New Year represents the most important annual holiday in Vietnamese culture, and is a certain highlight for those teaching English in Vietnam. Through trade, geographical proximity and invasion, Vietnam, like many nations in Asia, features strong cultural influences from China, and celebrates the New Year according to the same lunar calendar. While there are some parallels between the Vietnamese celebrations of Tet and Chinese Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese version is unique and distinct in many facets.

Hanukkah Celebrations to Experience While Teaching English Abroad

Celebrating the triumph of "light over the darkness, of purity over the adulteration and spirituality over materiality," the Festival of Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights beginning on the 25th day of Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November – December on the secular calendar. For American Jews, 2013 is particularly unique because Hanukkah began at sundown on Wednesday, November 27, and the first day of the festival fell on Thanksgiving, a coincidence that many have termed “Thanksgivukkah”!!! Such an occurrence is so rare that according to some calculations, these two holidays won’t happen again for another 77,798 years!

Top 13 Halloween Celebrations Around The World While Teaching English

 

The leaves have turned, the air is crisp and spooky jack-o-lanterns are popping up around the neighborhood, which means that Halloween is around the corner!  If you think that you would miss out on the fun while teaching English abroad, think again! Yes! Many countries around the globe celebrate Halloween, which is one of the world’s oldest holidays, dating back to pagan times. From costumes and “trick-or-treating” to delicious food and parties, you can celebrate Halloween anywhere in the world!

So where will you be celebrating Halloween next year?

 

Top 10 Valentine's Day Celebrations Around the World While Teaching English

One of the great benefits of teaching English abroad comes in the form of opportunities to celebrate holidays in foreign lands, and Valentine's Day is no different.

There are several stories about who Saint Valentines was: one dates to Roman times, another from the 17th century. In both cases the tradition can be traced to a priest who married young couples in secret.  Whatever the true story may be, love is a global phenomenon and Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world in fascinating and different ways. 

Learn how the "Day of Love" is celebrated in some of the great destinations for teaching English overseas.

Celebrate Carnival in Europe While Teaching English Abroad

During February 2016, Carnival celebrations take place throughout the world. Flamboyant costumes, larger-than-life parades and colorful street parties mark the arrival of a festive season that commemorates both the onset of Lent and an overturning of daily life.  One of the most famous celebrations is Carnival in Brazil but the Europeans are also known for their great celebrations.