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Folk songs and bell gongs: Test your knowledge of New Year customs
updated 12:21 PM EST, Mon December 31, 2012
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How the world marks a bumper harvest
updated 6:42 AM EST, Mon December 2, 2013
No matter the time of year, or place, a bounty of vegetables is often all it takes to get people singing, dancing, cow racing -- even parading around giant phalluses.
Dazzling Diwali lights
updated 2:06 PM EDT, Fri November 1, 2013
Fireworks boom, bulbs flash, and flames flicker as tens of millions of people across the globe celebrate the beginning of the Festival of Lights.
Disfigured freaks and bloody babies?
updated 7:53 AM EDT, Thu October 31, 2013
Still think Halloween is just for the kids? You won't -- not when you've seen CNN's gut-twisting, down-right disgusting mob of morbid maniacs.
10 scariest places in Asia
updated 5:42 AM EDT, Fri November 1, 2013
Our list of doomed sites include a haunted school, political prisons and an abandoned hospital. No...we wouldn't go in there either!
updated 6:46 AM EDT, Thu October 31, 2013
Catch the best Halloween costumes from tinseltown featuring Heidi Klum, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus and all their A-list friends.
On the hunt for real witches
updated 1:18 PM EDT, Mon October 21, 2013
There are still many places in the world that treat magic as serious business. Check out our guide to the world's witchiest hotspots.
NYC gets its nerd on at Comic Con
updated 10:07 AM EDT, Mon October 14, 2013
The best photos of the eighth and annual gathering of geeks in the city that never sleeps. The sold out event allowed fans to mingle with stars.
Awe-inspiring animal migrations
updated 9:44 AM EDT, Wed October 9, 2013
When animals come together en masse, very often so do humans. Here's our guide to the animal migrations that bring people out in flocks.
9 rules for surviving Oktoberfest
updated 2:26 AM EDT, Fri September 20, 2013
Surviving the all-day drinking sessions of highly potent wheat beer at the (in)famous Oktoberfest in Munich is marathon, not a sprint.
Parties, piñatas and penguins?!
updated 1:42 PM EDT, Fri September 13, 2013
For one weekend in September more than 155 million people in six neighboring countries across Central America pull out all the stops to honor the birth of their nations.
The world's wackiest hobbies
updated 8:23 AM EDT, Wed August 28, 2013
Some hobbies take genuine talent, others just don't, but the real skill is turning your weird past-time into an international event.
How the world celebrates Eid
updated 1:59 PM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
For Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is one of the most festive periods in the religion's calendar. We asked you to send us your best Eid photos, here are your best shots.
Breaking fast with chef's delights
updated 6:46 AM EDT, Thu August 8, 2013
Award-winning British chef Aktar Islam shares his best Eid food memories. Find out what culinary delights are on his table.
Bug off! World's weirdest food fests
updated 9:32 AM EDT, Tue August 20, 2013
Humans have a strange relationship with food. This seems to be a global truth that is perhaps best evidenced by the array of unusual food festivals the world over.
The world's messiest festivals
updated 6:42 AM EDT, Tue July 2, 2013
There is something innately messy about summer. That must be why some of the world's filthiest festivals bide their time until the warmer months.
The world's best fireworks displays
updated 5:14 AM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
From Bastille Day and 4th July to Chinese New Year and Disney Land, your shots of the world's greatest fireworks.
Your summer solstice celebrations
updated 9:49 AM EDT, Mon June 23, 2014
We asked you to send us your best solstice photos. From skinny dipping, fire jumping and dancing like a rocket -- here are your best shots.
Summer solstice: It's all about sex
updated 5:53 AM EDT, Mon June 17, 2013
Linked to fertility -- both of the vegetal and human variety -- the solstice has spawned celebrations meant to fan the flames of love and lust.
Quiz: Arch Druid or midsummer moron?
updated 6:43 AM EDT, Thu June 13, 2013
Why did the midsummer maypole cause offense and who celebrates midsummer by running naked through the streets?
Your best moments of 2012
updated 1:07 PM EST, Thu December 20, 2012
For some it was an exhilarating holiday to an exotic place, finding new love or conquering their greatest fear. For others, it was witnessing an historic event.
How to host a perfect New Year party
updated 10:39 AM EST, Mon December 17, 2012
The champagne is on ice, the fireworks are exploding overhead -- but isn't your New Year's Eve party a bit, well, last year?
Where to welcome the New Year
updated 10:54 PM EST, Thu December 13, 2012
For many people, New Year's Eve can be disappointing -- there's so much hype in the lead-up to the event, it often falls short of the mark.
Most Christmassy places on the planet
updated 8:45 PM EST, Tue December 11, 2012
If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations, over-cooked turkey and bitter family feuds, now may be the time to plan yourself a Yuletide getaway.
Your Christmas traditions
updated 5:36 AM EST, Mon December 24, 2012
Christmas is synonymous with decorations, markets and extravagant quantities of food. But traditions differ greatly depending on where you are in the world.
Europe's best Christmas markets
updated 10:22 AM EST, Sun December 23, 2012
For something intended to bring pleasure to loved ones, Christmas shopping in the Internet age can be a peculiarly joyless and atomized activity.
The pleasure of Hanukkah food
updated 3:31 PM EST, Fri December 7, 2012
For some, Hanukkah is "the potato pancake holiday" -- a holiday that takes the mundane potato and gives it a massive makeover.
A quirky Christmas quiz
How much do you know about Christmas traditions around the world? Find out with our quiz.
India hosts first arts biennale
updated 8:07 AM EST, Tue November 26, 2013
The port-city of Kochi, on India's west coast, isn't known for its arts scene but that will change as it's first arts bienale.