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Holidays & Festivals

Food is such an important part of a celebration. When holidays and festivals roll around, Eastern European cooks bring out the finest china and silver, and start preparing weeks in advance. Learn how to make the traditional dishes for Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday (also known as Mardi Gras), Easter, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, "Krisna Slava" and more.
  1. Christmas (128)
  2. Easter (119)
  3. Fat Tuesday (14)
  4. Father's Day (7)
  5. International Workers Day (2)
  6. Jewish Holiday Recipes (25)
  7. Lent (8)
  8. Mother's Day (7)
  9. Name Day Celebrations (3)
  10. New Year's (1)
  11. Serbian Krsna Slava (4)
  12. Valentine's Day (1)
  13. Weddings (9)

Memorial Day vs. Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day are celebrated throughout the world.

May 3 - Polish Constitution Day
May 3 is Polish Constitution Day and is celebrated in Poland and elsewhere in the world by Polonia, also known as the Polish disapora.

Eastern European Festivals - Festivals Celebrating Eastern Eu…
Share information about an Eastern European festival held annually.

Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Ind., Is a Dumpling-Lover's Paradise
Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Ind., is a Polish groaning board of food, entertainment and just plain wackiness.

Top 10 Special Occasion Brunch Recipes
Special occasions dining calls for long, leisurely meals that pull out all the stops -- brunch!

Poland Winter Festivals
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, describes winter festivals in Poland.

Hungary Winter Festivals
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, decribes winter festivals in Poland.

Croatia Winter Festivals
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, describes winter festivals in Croatia.

Slovakia Winter Festivals
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, describes the winter festivals in Slovakia.

Bulgarian Winter Festivals
Kerry Kubilius, About.com Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, describes the winter festivals in Bulgaria.

Czech Republic Winter Festivals
Kerry Kubilius, About.com Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, describes winter festivals in the Czech Republic.

Winter Festivals in Eastern Europe
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, talks about winter festivals in Eastern Europe.

Spring Festivals in Eastern Europe
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, outlines festivals common in the springtime in Eastern Europe.

Russian Holidays
Kerry Kubilius, About.com's Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, outlines holidays in Russia.

Polish Spring Holidays
Kerry Kubilius, About.com Guide to Eastern Europe Travel, talks about spring holidays in Poland.

Women's Day in Poland
Women's Day -- Dzien Kobiet -- is celebrated on March 8 in Poland.

Global Party Food Recipes - Snacks and More from Around the World
This collection of global party food recipes will make you the host with the most at your next shindig.

St. Joseph's Day
March 19 is St. Joseph's Day or Dzien Swietego Jozefa and is celebrated with great feasts in Poland and the United States.

Top 10 Gifts for the Foodie in Your Life
Here is a list of gift ideas for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and the tools to make it. There's something for every price range.

Enjoy an Eastern European-Style Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in Eastern Europe but many of the same foods typically associated with this Western holiday are enjoyed year-round by Eastern Europeans. Shake things up a bit and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner Eastern European style!

St. Martin's Day Celebrations
St. Martin's Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 throughout Eastern Europe.

How All Saints' / All Souls' Day Are Celebrated in Eastern Europe
All Saints' Day is Nov. 1 and All Souls' Day is Nov. 2 in the Roman Catholic Church and other religions, and are celebrated worldwide.

The Gift of Time -- Incredible Edibles
Homemade gifts of food are really the gift of time and the quintessential way of saying you care.

Independence Day in Eastern Europe
Independence Day is celebrated on many days and in many ways in Eastern Europe.

2012 Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Here is my 2012 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and drink, and the tools and cookbooks to make them.

2013 Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Here is my 2013 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and drink, and the tools and cookbooks to make them.

2012 Gift Guide for People Who Like to Eat, Drink and Cook
Here is my 2012 list of gift ideas for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and drink, and the tools and cookbooks to make them.

2011 Gift Guide for People Who Like to Eat, Drink and Cook
Here is my 2011 list of gift ideas for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and drink, and the tools and cookbooks to make them.

2012 Gift Guide for People Who Like to Eat, Drink and Cook
Here is my 2012 list of gift ideas for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and drink, and the tools and cookbooks to make them.

Gift Guide for People Who Like to Eat, Drink and Cook
Here is a list of gift ideas for the person in your life who appreciates fine food and drink, and the tools amd cookbooks to make it. I've tested, tasted and experimented with these products and they get my unequivocal stamp of approval.

St. Andrew's Day
St. Andrew's Day is Nov. 30, but on the eve of St. Andrew's Day, Nov. 29, great parties are held before Advent begins.

The Drowning of Marzanna - Topienie Marzanny - Drowning of the Frost Maiden
The Drowning of Marzanna or Topienie Marzanny is a symbolic way of killing winter and welcoming in spring.

March 1 Is Baba Marta Day in Bulgaria
March 1 is Baba Marta Day (Grandmother March Day) in Bulgaria when martenitsi are exchanged in anticipation of spring.

Creepy Cuisine for Halloween
Many Eastern European dishes, especially those involving organ meat, would be perfect for a Halloween or All Souls Day party.

St. John's Night - Polish Holiday of Sobótka
St. John's Night is known as Sobótka in Poland and it celebrates the summer solstice.

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