While we Americans are busy playing football against a giant turkey, tons of other countries are celebrating Thanksgiving in their own unique ways. (Photo from Flickr)

5 global Thanksgiving traditions to shake up your holiday

Want to celebrate the most American of holidays with a bit of a twist. Try these global Thanksgiving traditions.
Nov 25, 2015
Holiday participants paint their faces as skulls. (Photo via Flickr by Rob Sheridan)

How to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Seattle

Your guide to celebrating 2015 Día de los Muertos in Seattle and around the Northwest.
Oct 20, 2015
Dancers perform a traditional Peruvian number last December at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

De Inga y Mandiga rising in Seattle

It’s that time of year again. The leaves that fall have fallen, downtown is wrapped in lights and El Centro de la Raza is selling Christmas trees. For many, now is a time for family, food and holiday traditions. For artist and anthropologist Monica Rojas, it’s a time for music, education and celebration with the […]
Dec 10, 2014
Members of  Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin perform traditional dances at El Centro de la Raza. (Photo by Izumi Hansen)

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo the Mexican-American way

On Saturday, El Centro de La Raza celebrated Cinco de Mayo by welcoming over 700 people to their Beacon Hill headquarters. A large tent set up outside El Centro’s building housed vendors and community organizations, as well as a stage for dance, demonstrations, and singing. Inside families shared tacos that tasted like they came straight from Mexico. On […]
May 5, 2014
The author's daughter, Ditti, showing off her colors for Holi last year. (Photo by Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh)

How to rock Holi in Seattle

The best way to know how well you’ve celebrated Holi is to dress in white. If there’s not a trace left by the end of the day, you’ve proven you know how to celebrate!
Mar 19, 2014
Magdaleno Rose-Avila addresses the crowd at an immigration rally in Seattle in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Rose-Avila)

We are Seattle, we want to be free: Rose-Avila on Mandela and MLK

With his tenure at the city’s Office of Immigrant Refugee Affairs ending, Seattle activist Magdaleno Rose-Avila is back at his typewriter to carry on a life-long struggle for civil rights.
Jan 18, 2014
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An elusive Japanese New Year’s treat returns to Seattle

Art Oki, mastermind of Umai-Do Japanese sweet shop, brings the nostalgic taste of manju home for the holiday season.
Dec 30, 2013
Father Abdulah Tafas (left), originally from Syria, is a priest with the Syriac Orthodox Church. Samir Abu Lail, originally from Jordan, is priest with the Melkite Catholic Church. Last Sunday both presided over services at Saint Joseph in North Seattle — a Melkite church where many Middle Eastern Christians gather. (Photo by Sara McCaslin)

For Syrian Christians, a holiday spent praying for peace

Saint Joseph church in Lake City mixes traditions to create a spiritual home for Christians from across the Middle East.
Dec 26, 2013
Chera Amlag and Geo Quibuyen in the kitchen at Inay's during the Pop-Up restaurant. (Photo by Anna Goren)

Remixing Thanksgiving traditions to celebrate ‘on your own terms’

A Filipino-American Thanksgiving Pop-Up dinner last week was just one example of the countless cultural variations on the tradition of giving thanks. 
Nov 26, 2013
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Your guide to celebrating Día de los Muertos

Click here to read our 2015 Día de los Muertos guide! From skull candies, whimsical masks and altars for the dead, how much do you know about the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)?
Oct 26, 2013
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How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like a true Dubliner

Does the Emerald City stay true to the traditions of the Emerald Isle?
Mar 15, 2013
A traditional Pakistani wedding.

Why it’s harder to find a date in Seattle than in Pakistan

The Seattle freeze makes for a chilly Valentine’s Day for new arrivals from other cultures.
Feb 14, 2013
Frustrated with the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs, Ryan Clark and Tim Andis founded Liberty Bottleworks. The company makes recycled aluminum bottles locally using mostly US machinery, materials and labor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US, one water bottle at a time

It was the middle of that dark week before the New Year. Christmas cookies were growing stale in tins on the counter and emails had begun to pile up again. But the news of a plea for help from a forced labor camp in China cut through my holiday hangover. The Oregonian reported that a Portland […]
Jan 4, 2013
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Merry Christmas, Bavarian-style

Nestled in the Cascades just a couple hours from Seattle lies a little slice of Bavaria. Leavenworth is perfect in the winter, with snow gently falling on the steeply sloped rooftops, and hot brats being served on the street. Okay, okay, an Alpine themed tourist town might sound a little cheesy. But even true Bavarians, like […]
Dec 24, 2012
Kenyan children play with a donated soccer ball in part of the World Vision display at Northgate Mall. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

‘Sick of stuff’ Seattleites seek more meaningful holiday gifts (like goats)

On a Sunday afternoon a week before Christmas, Northgate Mall is a mosh pit of shoppers. It’s a familiar scene. Our cheerful, if harried, consumerism is as much a holiday ritual as any traditional meal or family gathering. But by the Victoria’s Secret, between the kiosk advertising the new Fiat and the one selling massaging […]
Dec 21, 2012
Skull candies and “La Catrina” are the two most well-known symbols of the celebration. The butterflies and the bright colors placed on the skull make it more attractive and symbolic. It shows that the skull represents not just death but it also reflects a living and happy tone. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

Tacoma celebrates Dia de los Muertos

For over ten years now, the Tacoma Art Museum has been embracing the long-lasting Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. With the increasing Hispanic population the holiday is becoming more and more popular in the Puget Sound region.
Nov 15, 2012
Kheer, a rice pudding-like Indian dessert, in honor of Diwali. (Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz aka mangopowergirl)

Kheer: A delicious Diwali dessert recipe

It’s that time of year, the holiday season, time for feasts and tradition. I will admit I never was a fan of ceremony or tradition, but I do love the food. Being from India, it can be hard to explain to Americans just what our holidays are like. Diwali is the biggest and brightest, and […]
Nov 13, 2012