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What's Happening In May?

We all know that in most parts of the world, May 1 is a holiday. If you want to use this free day to plan out what you want to do for the rest of the month, check out these pre-made searches on Locanto which you can use every year.

Holy Week? What's That?

In major Christian countries like the Philippines, Holy week starts today, the Sunday before Easter. What do people usually do around this time and how significant is the photo below to people who take the holy week at heart?

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On Ash Wednesday, Catholics get a small cross painted on their forehead by the priest to symbolize repentance before God. For many people, Ash Wednesday is simply the day after Carnival celebrations. For some more, this means curing the hangover. Fotolia_28730301_S_copyright.jpg
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Off to Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Wooden Horse, 2014! But wait, are you properly-dressed for the occasion?

The Chinese culture heavily believes in wearing or keeping specific jewellery or trinkets based on Feng Shui each year to enhance their good luck. You can even try Google-ing" it from this special page to find out how elaborate the Chinese New Year celebrations are.

Expect the following:
fireworks, lion dance, prosperity trees, red envelopes, 3 fortune coins, lettuce figures and horse statues, people wearing new outfits in red, pockets jingling with coins, among others.
136501320.jpg It's 2014 and time to review your old life and start a new one. I will now lose weight, save money and call my parents more often - this year I will achieve all my New Year's resolutions for sure! It's a bit of a psychological story, but the conclusion is: there is a reason why New Year's resolutions fail so often.
Every year, Locanto writes about Christmas for different reasons. In 2009, we "wrote a letter to Santa Claus about our what normally comprises a wishlist". In 2010, we wanted to remind everyone about "giving back to the community". In 2011, we shared our very own "Christmas in different languages" video and last year, we talked about the food we usually associate with Christmas.

This year, we are sharing YOUR thoughts about Christmas.

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Meet Scrooge in Deventer

DSC_0499_01.JPG It is winter. Snowflakes fall gently on the cold coble stones of the contorted, small streets that are surrounded by half-timbered houses. People flit through the streets wrapped up in warm winter coats. A small girl tries to protect herself from the cold wind by covering herself in rags and thin blankets. She asks for some money or at least a hot chocolate. It starts to get darker and candle light appears from the windows of the houses. A tall, thin man walks in the middle of the road. He is in a hurry. His back is slightly stooped over and he has a grim look on his face. As he passes the girl, he does not even take a look at her. The whole city knows his name: Ebenezer Scrooge.
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Here's wishing you a happy easter celebration! To make it even more special, Locanto invites you to try out making origami easter bunnies. The pattern can be downloaded from here. The instructions are accompanied by step-by-step photos below. Have fun with the Japanese art of paper folding and Locanto!

ESCnyL.jpg "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquiantance be forgot and auld lang syne!" This very popular new year's song called "Auld Lang Syne" stems from an old Scottish dialect meaning "old long ago". It is a song about love and friendship in times past. Locanto sings this song as the year changes in honor of all our users who have chosen to advertise on Locanto in 2012. We would like to thank you for your continued support and faith in our free classifieds services and for helping make us even stronger and better. Rest assured, we will continue to improve our site and services to give you the best experience online in 2013 and beyond.

ESCxL.jpg Even the Grinch and Uncle Scrooge would start warming up to Christmas and the concept of giving in general as soon as they get a whiff of the Christmas spirit. So how do we experience this certain Christmas spirit? As the saying goes, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach (this applies to women too). This is why one of the regular person's worries about the holidays is weight gain. There's just really plenty of goodies during Christmas that's hard to resist. Locanto is quite sure that the smell and taste of the traditional Christmas food that's being served this time of the year, year after year around the world can always bring you back your memories of Santa Claus. So loosen your belts for this culinary ride of an article.

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