China: worshipping a cat in a hat to bring good luck and fortune to mahjong players

Bringing good luck to participants in a game of Mahjong in China

I don’t know what the Chinese words say that surround the cardboard hutch tailor-made for this cute cat wearing a hat but it is all to do with bringing good luck to the mahjong participants. The interesting aspect of worshipping the lucky cat is “Who gets the good luck?!” Is it the person who …

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It’s Vyshyvanka Day! How to say it!

It’s Vyshyvanka Day!

Yep, in Ukraine it is Vyshyvanka Day today May 19th, 2023. So, what is it? Wikipedia kindly tells me: “Vyshyvanka Day is an international holiday that aims to preserve the Ukrainian folk traditions of creating and wearing ethnic embroidered clothes called vyshyvankas. It is celebrated the third Thursday of May. Vyshyvankas are, along with …

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