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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Year’s Eve: Ten unusual traditions from around the world

“Many of us celebrate the arrival of a new year with a glass of fizz, a plate of food and some fireworks, but communities around the world will ring in 2016 with a number of weird and wonderful traditions and celebrations – from organised fighting in the Peruvian Andes to mass grape-eating in Spain. Ahead of the New Year, we look at some of the most unusual festivities.”

Read more @ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/new-years-eve-ten-unusual-traditions-around-world-1535373

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Irish government announce global events to mark Easter Rising centenary

“Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, has announced details of a number of new events being organized by Ireland’s embassy network to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in locations around the world.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/Irish-government-global-events-mark-Easter-Rising-centenary.html

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Cities around the world on New Year’s Eve alert

“From the bright lights of Times Square to the capitals of Europe, and at football stadiums from Florida to California, revelers won’t be the only busy people this New Year’s Eve.

Police and security officials will be out in force across the globe Thursday, less than two months after terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., amplified normal concerns about potential terrorism.”

Read more @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/30/obama-new-years-eve-times-square-william-bratton/78066136/

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European New Year’s Celebrations

“New Year’s Eve in Europe

Everywhere in Europe you’ll find celebrations and festivals on New Year’s Eve. Each country gives it’s own spin on celebrating New Year’s Eve and some European cities have special celebrations. The biggest New Year’s Eve parties are found in the European capital cities, of course. What’s common to most? Often, big fireworks displays ring in the New Year.

Join us for a survey of what you might experience on New Year’s Eve in Europe.”

Read more @ http://goeurope.about.com/od/winterfestivals/p/new_years_eve.htm

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New Year’s Eve in Europe

“Ever wondered what it would be like to spend New Year’s Eve somewhere other than singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ … Here’s how some of Europe’s major cities welcome in the New Year.”

Read more @ http://www.timeout.com/travel/features/466/new-years-eve-in-europe

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Mise Eire/I am Ireland (Video)

On the centennial of the 1916  Easter Rising.

View @ Mise Eire // I am Ireland

Read more about it @

“Mise Éire” Irish government film on meaning of 1916 Rising today (VIDEO)

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/Mise-Eire-Irish-government-film-on-meaning-of-1916-Rising-today-VIDEO.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20IC%20-%20Dec%2030&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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Micheal O’Muircheartaigh on booming Wren Day in Dingle: ‘I’ll don my straw hat and keep silent lest someone might recognise my voice’

“Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh says the longstanding Christmas tradition of ‘Wren Day’ is ‘stronger than ever in the town of Dingle’.”

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“Language Matters” 2015 Update — Thank you and best wishes for 2016! :)

As per the WordPress 2015 annual report I received today, “this blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2015.

The busiest day of the year was May 31st with 156 views. The most popular post that day was Kathy’s Poster Presentation on ‘Foreign Language As a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus’ @ NAFSA.”

Language Matters has had 9,429 views.

Many thanks to all who have taken the time to view and to comment.

Best new year’s wishes for 2016!  🙂

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Yahoo Ranks the World’s Top New Year’s Eve Celebrations

“New Year’s Eve can feel like Groundhog’s Day. Every year brings the same parties and the same balls dropping. Maybe it’s time to mix up your routine with some of the most exciting end-of-year celebrations around the world. Try bringing in 2016 warm on the beach in Hawaii or with a traditional Scottish festival in Edinburgh. Here are the most searched New Year’s Eve destinations on Yahoo.”

Read more @ https://www.yahoo.com/travel/yahoo-ranks-the-world-39-s-1327705381306422.html

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Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free — What’s YOUR New Year’s Resolution?

“Learn a language for free. Forever.”

Read more @ https://www.duolingo.com/

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