Category Archives: Culture

What Happens At These Love Festivals In Eastern Europe?

Is there anything in life more beautiful than love? Probably not, that’s why it makes perfect sense to celebrate it in every opportunity.  You may not have heard of them before, but these are some of the coolest Eastern European love festivals.

The Beauty of Eastern European Love Festivals

From the colorful traditions of each place to their deep roots in religion and folk legends, Eastern European love festivals are so much fun.

Romania

10 days after the Western holiday of love, Valentine’s Day, Romanian’s have their very own traditional celebration of love and fertility: Dragobete. Demi-god Dragobete comes from pagan tales and signals the arrival of spring and the rebirth of nature. He was supposedly a very kind man who was chosen by Virgin Mary to be a guardian of love.  Many liken him to the Greek god Eros or the Roman Cupid because his mission is to make sure there is love everywhere. read more

Wet Monday, Rocket War And Leg Whipping: All The Weirdness Of Easter In Eastern Europe

For travelers, Easter is one of the most interesting times of the year to visit a new country. The Eastern European countries are an excellent choice for this time of year, as they largely regard Easter as the most important religious holiday (yes, even more than Christmas), and celebrate it in various interesting ways. Read about the ways Easter in Eastern Europe can be a unique experience.

Celebrating Easter in Eastern Europe

Most of the population in Eastern Europe is either Orthodox or Catholic Christian. Usually, their Easters don’t fall on exactly the same day (as the former follow the Julian calendar and the latter tend to follow the Gregorian), but sometimes they overlap. This is the case this year when both Orthodox and Catholic Easter is celebrated on the 16th of April. Let’s have a look at the fun (and strange) traditions that make Easter in Eastern Europe unique. read more

The Dos And Don’ts For People Visiting Russia For The First Time

It’s only natural for first-time visitors to a place not to know how things work there. It seems that when it comes to visiting Russia, there are quite a few things to keep in mind.

Visiting Russia? Look Out For These Things

From who to smile at to how to drink your vodka and where to shake hands, Russians seem to be very particular about their way of life. No visitor should go to Russia without knowing these things, so pay attention.

DO dress up for a night out

Muscovites’ “face control” is notoriously strict, so you’d better make extra effort to look great when you hit the clubs, posh restaurants, and theaters in the Russian capital. For women, high heels and nice dresses are a must, while a total black look usually works fine for men. read more

Be Mesmerized By The Effortless Charm Of Zagreb

If she were a lady, Zagreb would be a young, supercool, educated, clever and upbeat girl. The kind that needn’t try hard to capture your imagination, the kind of girl you see on your way and instantly know you want to discover.  The secret charm of Zagreb makes it a city that doesn’t try to lure you into a visit by making promises, but it keeps you by making memories. Read more.

Give Into The Charm Of Zagreb, A Vibrant Capital

The Croatian capital is brimming with life. From the small and buzzing terrace cafes to the up-and-coming gastronomic scene of the place and the lively nightlife of Zagreb, this is a city made for fun. There are a number of music bars and live venues for fans of any kind of music, from pop and rock to dance – like KSET, Sirup, and Tvornica Kulture – so this youthful city literally never sleeps. read more