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Easter palms in Poland

For some reason, it seems like I end up traveling during Easter season often. I’ve been woken up by a late-night Catholic ceremony where the priest, followed by a devout crowd, carries a cross to the cliffs of Corniglia in Cinque Terre. Stumbled upon a multi-denomination parade around the square in Santa Fe. And delighted in the sugary Easter delicacies in Genoa. So it should be no surprise that I ended up in Poland this year just before Easter. Here are a few of the traditions I learned about on my trip there.

I don’t know about you, but our traditional New Year comes too fast for my tastes. We’re still recovering from Christmas but haven’t put away the decorations, and we’re back to partying to ring in the new year. What’s much more my style is celebrating Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, a few weeks later when things have calmed down. Not only is it later in the year, but it also lasts longer. Seven days of partying? Yes please. When we lived in Orlando, we lived near an Asian grocery store that would have a lion dance (I thought…

I’m not big on Thanksgiving. In fact, I’d rather lie low, stay off of Facebook (to avoid all those damn photos of family gatherings and food), and order sushi. I find it a very brown holiday. Brown turkey. Brown dressing. Brown, brown, brown. Growing up, most of my life we lived far from extended family, so I don’t have many memories — if any — of gathering ’round the table to share a meal. What I do recall is eating turkey bologna with my parents on the tailgate of a rental station wagon somewhere in Colorado when I was about…