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Summer Solstice events in the East Midlands of England

I'm having a difficult time finding interesting summer solstice (June 21st) events in Derbyshire, Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire this year. By events, I mean actual solstice-related events e.g. traditional customs or folklore rituals, morris dancing, pagan events, or astronomical things. Either are there any, or (even better) are there online listings for such events?
posted by Wordshore on Jun 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Stock Oversaving?

Settle an argument about making stock for cooking. One half says that you should save every odd and end from vegetables and keep them in a big ziploc bag in the freezer for when you make stock so it can get the most varied amount of flavor possible and "recycle" kitchen waste. Other half says that since we're not making vegetable stock and only ever make stock with left over bones you should just keep to the basic recipie ( carrots, onion, celery, etc) and not introduce all these unknown cauliflower ends and parsnip bits and it's a false economy anyway. Who is right? Is anyone right? Are they both right?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me come up with a new Thanksgiving family tradition

So, I have a friend whose family has an amazing Easter tradition. They have a traditional easter egg hunt in their yard, only some of the eggs contain candy and some of them contain various numbers of tickets. Their mom buys a range of amazing and not so amazing prizes (think PS3 to a new spatula, or whatever). Next ensues a crazy bidding war on the prizes, using the collected tickets. I want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition that compares in awesomeness. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Nov 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Portuguese cemetery wall vaults?

I was recently in a small village cemetery in Portugal. In the cemetery there was a wall with coffins interred on shelves, with a modern lockable double glazed door over each vault so that you could look in at the contents. [more inside]
posted by mani on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Unusual things people do to stay/get healthy?

I'm going into the health field and curious about cultural/ethnic health practices that are off the beaten path. For example, can anyone tell me the "what", "how", and "why" of cupping and coining? What other cultural/religious/traditional practices can you share? [more inside]
posted by mschief on Mar 10, 2013 - 33 answers

Need non-racist-affiliated Viking jewelry and traditions for a wedding

My fiance is half-Norwegian, and all the family he's in contact with are pretty Norwegian. We're having a wedding and trying to honor each other's heritages. I need touches and customs that can be added to said wedding. Problem: while googling on the internet for Viking stuff and/or meaningful runes, I'm finding a ton of racist stuff. My fiance has done antifa work and I just plain hate Nazis. How can I find cool customs that have not been appropriated by horrible people, and how can I buy jewelry (particularly ring-type) that isn't going to racist pockets? [more inside]
posted by corb on Feb 4, 2013 - 24 answers

GingerbreadFilter: help me improve my annual gingerbread party this year (A complete blizzard of snowflakes inside)

GingerbreadFilter: help me improve my annual gingerbread party this year (A complete blizzard of snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Dec 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Spread some seasonal mirth

My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 2, 2012 - 14 answers

which bouquet to bring?

Asking for a friend. A coworkers wife has been diagnosed stage IV brain cancer. They are East Indian. We would like to bring flowers to their home. Does anyone know if certain flowers have special meaning culturally and / or are there flowers to avoid? Thank you.
posted by jennstra on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Passion for learning languages

How can I find a passion for language learning? [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Yuletide Traditions for the Newly Married

Help a couple of newlyweds start their own Christmas traditions. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Nov 12, 2012 - 31 answers

Why is there patriotism only when you can see it?

Why are you supposed to take the flag down at night? [more inside]
posted by mwachs on Oct 29, 2012 - 9 answers

ADHD acceptance; nobody's problem but my own?

I've just been diagnosed with ADHD, and have started an initial stimulant-based management plan. I'm in my mid-forties, and work in a very traditional industry and come from a not-very-accepting Old World culture. How open do I need to be with colleagues and friends that I'm doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Food traditions for new mothers.

Does your family (origin, creation etc.) have any postpartum food traditions? [more inside]
posted by Swisstine on Oct 3, 2012 - 12 answers

We Want to Hear About Your Anniversary Traditions!

What are your anniversary traditions? [more inside]
posted by genekelly'srollerskates on Oct 1, 2012 - 23 answers

Did James Bond always wear an undershirt?

What is the deal with undershirts? (ie wearing a white T-Shirt under your outer long-sleeve buttoned shirt). Watching Mad Men its always clear that Don Draper is wearing a white T-Shirt under his business shirt. Is is a USA thing? Here in the UK it seems less common. And its always seemed to have a kind of puritanical conservatism to me. Is it some remnant of a more conservative past? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Sep 4, 2012 - 133 answers

On rituals and algorithms

What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 17, 2012 - 16 answers

How 'bout I pay for your wedding if you sucker your friends into giving me money?

My father asked me to use my social networks to get my friends to use his business. When I balked, he tried telling me that if I did, he'd pay for my wedding with the money. Am I right to be offended? And what do I do? [more inside]
posted by corb on Jun 19, 2012 - 31 answers

What small rituals make you grateful?

What are your favorite rituals or good luck tics? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Aug 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Do you send flowers to a wedding--and where?

Do people send flowers to a wedding? I have a friend (who is originally from Turkey--this is relevant) who was invited to the Florida wedding of her father's friend's daughter (who was born in the U.S. but is of Turkish descent). My friend can't attend, wants to send flowers, and is wondering whether to send them to the church or the reception. [more inside]
posted by notclosed on Jun 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Detailed historical account of a Chinese tea ceremony please

What is the historical origin and cultural significance of the Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Feb 26, 2011 - 2 answers

When You Wish Upon A Fluff

Childhood tradition that I thought Everyone Did, but now it seems to be just me: "Catching Santa Claus" [more inside]
posted by DU on Nov 29, 2010 - 36 answers

Haikus are easy/But sometimes they don't make any sense/Refrigerator

Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Nov 23, 2010 - 37 answers

Cockroaches as wedding gifts?

Are there any cultures that give two live cockroaches as wedding gifts? [more inside]
posted by prairiecatherine on Oct 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Traditions

What are some great traditions I can start with myself or with my family? Growing up, outside of your standard holidays, my family never had traditions like taking a yearly vacation, making cookies on Sundays, or going to all Notre Dame home games. Now that I am older, I want my own traditions. What traditions did you, your family, or friends have that I should be envious about?
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 24, 2010 - 92 answers

How do I untrain myself to alter my plans for men under all circumstances?

Snowflake relationship question: How do I keep this quasi-relationship from stressing me out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 - 13 answers

What are the clothes that define the USA?

What would be considered "traditional" clothing for the United States? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Mar 11, 2010 - 62 answers

Help us forge new holiday traditions!

What are some traditions that we can incorporate into our first Christmas solstice together? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Nov 3, 2009 - 21 answers

Dead chicken + money + cigar = ?

What cultural or spiritual practice involves an alter or offering incorporating a dead chicken and money? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Putting all your eggs in one window.

The other day a childhood memory came back to me. Forgot all about it until we bought and were talking about our Easter Eggs. [more inside]
posted by Webbster on Apr 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Why do people get pinched on St. Paddy's Day?

What is the history behind pinching those who don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day? This WikiAnswer page says it was thought that "if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.

How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Feb 2, 2009 - 9 answers

How to marry an Italian and not embarrass one's self in the process

How to have an Italian wedding? [more inside]
posted by jrichards on Jan 19, 2009 - 13 answers

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Do atheists and agnostics put up Christmas trees? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Dec 7, 2008 - 78 answers

Traditions, turkeyless, and tears

This is the first Thanksgiving we're having since my mom passed away 4 months ago, and I'm not looking forward to it. My sister has invited my little family (me, hubby, and 3yr old) to her in-laws house, but I'm not comfortable with their family. I want to start a tradition at our home, cook something small but special, and do something so I'm not thinking about her all day and how much my heart is broken. [more inside]
posted by czechmate on Nov 15, 2008 - 23 answers

Happy Christmas and to all a Good Night!

What are some UK Christmas holiday traditions? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Nov 14, 2008 - 21 answers

Invited to Sukkot

Just found out we have been invited to attend a Jewish friend's home for Sukkot today. [more inside]
posted by mamaraks on Oct 19, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me identify this folk/religious tradition/concept

Help me identify: possibly Judaic (maybe Yiddish) folk tradition of a very small group of individuals for whom God allows the world exist. The point being there's no way of knowing if any individual is one of those chosen few, thus necessitating kindness and decency to all. [more inside]
posted by potch on Aug 4, 2008 - 15 answers

I need some portable history for my commute!

Is the Eugen Weber lecture series 'The Western Tradition' available via podcast? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Jun 11, 2008 - 1 answer

Undeserved nostalgia?

When was the past better than the present? I'd like to know the word or phrase that describes the romanticism people have of the past, e.g. "In those days, children respected their elders!". I was watching the documentary Born Rich and Cody Franchetti mentions that the encyclopedia was better in the early 20th century. Why? This feeling that "old ways are better" is not exactly nostalgia, because often people expressing this sentiment didn't actually grow up in this utopian past. But their feelings toward this time are exactly like nostalgia. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I gently tell my mom that I do not want her to join my dad in walking me down the aisle?

How do I gently tell my mom that I do not want her to join my dad in walking me down the aisle? [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on May 5, 2008 - 26 answers

What do different cultures do with wishbones?

What do different cultures do with a bird's wish-bone? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Apr 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Locket Etiquette

I am buying the girlfriend a locket. One of the ones I am looking at has a space for a photo on each side. What goes where? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Apr 14, 2008 - 15 answers

I wanna (healthier?) eastah egg!

What's on the dinner table at your Polish Easter celebration? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Feb 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Will you marry me (even if I don't spend 2 months of my salary on a ring)?

How common is it for couples to get married without an expensive engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Nov 19, 2007 - 117 answers

The making of... My movie night tradition!

I have lived in a studio apartment for the past several years and avoided having people over to hang out. Now that I've graduated to a one-bedroom apartment, I'm more comfortable having comany over again. My apartment is still pretty small, but I'm working on making it inviting. My idea: First Friday movie night. Now what? [more inside]
posted by meindee on Oct 23, 2007 - 30 answers

When the past isn't even a foreign country

Which aspects of everyday life for Samuel Johnson or Benjamin Franklin have now essentially vanished from the world? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Sep 10, 2007 - 54 answers

What's with the branch?

Why does a building under construction have a leafy branch tacked to the peak of the first roof joist over the building entrance? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Dec 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Oral tradition stories

Hello dudes. Do you know where I can find recordings of good oral tradition storytellers on/offline? (in English)
posted by London Irregular on Nov 29, 2006 - 9 answers

A round on the house

I was in a bar the other night and the bartender passed out a poker chip to everybody in the house, which was, I found out, how the bartender or bar owner buys a round for everybody. I never saw this before. How widespread is this tradition (a round on the house via passing out a token to everybody?)
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Nov 12, 2006 - 21 answers

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