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Yuletide, worldwide: Holiday traditions around the world

Yuletide, worldwide: Holiday traditions around the world

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Baltimore has a monument lighting, New York has the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and Washington has a national menorah lighting. Around the world, though, holiday traditions range from religious ceremonies (like nine consecutive masses in Manila) to contemporary takes on pagan traditions.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Tell us in the comments.

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Fireworks salute Bastille Day’s traditional military parade

Fireworks salute Bastille Day’s traditional military parade

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UPDATE: Fireworks ignite the French sky as another Bastille Day comes to an end.

On July 14, 1789, the people of France stormed the Bastille violently adding momentum to the French Revolution. The medieval fortress and prison had become a symbol of the King’s authority, who stood by and watched as the French economy plummeted and taxes soared.

The annual Bastille Day celebration honors this victory with one of Europe’s largest military parades along the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This year’s parade strove to be a grand event for French President Francois Hollande’s first year in office.

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North Korea’s Art of the March

North Korea’s Art of the March

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Over the weekend, North Korea celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung.The event marked the first public speech of current leader Kim Jong-Un, Il-sung’s grandson and son of late leader Kim Jong-il. Jong-Un in his speech vowed to push for “final victory” for his impoverished state, despite a failed missile launch. The launch has been condemned by the UN Security Council, which has concerns about North Korea’s capabilities in missile technology and nuclear weapons.

Here’s a look at the art of the march at a military parade as part of celebrations in Pyongyang on April 15.
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