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
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Tender meat and crispy bread create a white-linen-worthy sandwich
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.