Celebrating December

The nativity scene under the Christmas treeat New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Welcome (:39) Jim Metzner introduction (:53) December brings waning light, short days, and the long shadow of what’s likely the world’s most famous birthday celebration. This month, we offer some sound memories of global holidays past, which coincide with the start of […]

Welcome. This month we look at a few celebrations around the world, all of which occur in November. During the celebration of Loy Krathong, the people of Thailand give prayers of thanks as they place floating offerings on a river. In Japan, merchants chant an anthem of hope for prosperity while wielding ceremonial garden rakes. […]

Walk through the Bab Bou Jeloud, the Blue Gate, and wander through the streets and narrow passageways of Fez el Bali (Old Fez), and it’s not hard to imagine you’ve gone back in time. Fez is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, dating back to the early ninth century. Inside the walls of […]