Culture

What Is Black Friday, And Where Is It Celebrated?

What Is Black Friday, And Where Is It Celebrated?

The story behind the crowds: your guide to the history of Black Friday and who takes part in it around the world.
How Do Other Countries Celebrate Thanksgiving?

How Do Other Countries Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Believe it or not, a holiday for showing gratitude is not uniquely American.
5 Iconic British Christmas Traditions To Look Forward To

5 Iconic British Christmas Traditions To Look Forward To

Every country has strange customs — the UK just happens to pack most of them in around Christmas time. Here are the strangest traditions of the lot.
10 Interesting Christmas Traditions From Around The World

10 Interesting Christmas Traditions From Around The World

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to get in a jolly Christmas mood than with 10 wonderful Christmas words from around the world.
How To Talk About Politics When You’re In Another Country

How To Talk About Politics When You’re In Another Country

Maybe the better question is: should you even talk about politics when you’re far away from home?
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Voting In Other Countries

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Voting In Other Countries

Here’s how voting systems in other countries help increase voter turnout and make Election Day even more exciting.
The History of the German Language

The History of the German Language

Why is is it called “German” and not “Germanic”? How has its pronunciation changed? Take a dive into the exciting, centuries-old history of the German language.
The Eerie Origins of Halloween

The Eerie Origins of Halloween

It all started with a pagan holiday.
A Cultural History Of Pie

A Cultural History Of Pie

As ever, the battle between sweet and savory pies rages on.
Why Is Accent Still Strongly Associated With Class?

Why Is Accent Still Strongly Associated With Class?

English-speaking accents vary throughout the world. So why are some accents considered such an important indicator of social class?
How America Improved The English Language

How America Improved The English Language

Whenever Brits and Americans get together, the big English debate inevitably starts. But which of us speaks correct English? And when did our different accents become so divisive? Today we settle the argument once and for all.
How Black Artists Influenced Today’s Music

How Black Artists Influenced Today’s Music

Alongside our carefully curated playlist, this article explores how the music industry we know and love today has been shaped and guided by black music — its history, its diverse sounds, and, of course, through African American Vernacular English.
5 African Writers You Should Be Reading

5 African Writers You Should Be Reading

Who are the best African writers of the 20th and 21st centuries? We’ve chosen five of the most significant African writers of the past few generations.