Though not celebrated with the enthusiasm as other holidays in the U.S., around the world the winter solstice is a party for the masses and, in some countries, marks the beginning of the Christmas celebration. Finland, Sweden and Norway’s indigenous people, the Saami, cover their doors with butter and thread meat onto sticks for Beiwe, the sun goddess of fertility and sanity. In Pakistan, they feast on goat tripe, and in Korea, revelers make balls of glutinous rice for a sweet red bean porridge — the balls symbolize reunion.
In Germany, the Christmas Markets are an essential stop for shoppers, and much of the food for sale is intended to keep the customers warm and filled with the Christmas spirit. To keep them warm, Germans consume Eierpunsch, which means egg punch, an adult beverage made with white wine, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, tea and lemon. In Austria, gingerbread is a more common Christmas market snack, falling in line with ever-popular Christmas cookies consumed throughout December.
New Year’s Eve:
In Spain, standing on a chair while popping 12 grapes into your mouth at midnight is a tradition also repeated in Venezuela, followed by drinking a glass of champagne — one grape for each chime of the clock, and champagne to toast friends and family. Throw on your red underwear on New Year’s Eve and then yellow underwear for New Year’s Day, and you’ll be set with good luck for the coming year. The French celebrate with Le Reveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre, feasting on foie gras, oysters and champagne. On New Year’s Day, they indulge in ice cream. — ER
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.