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Conviviality Around the Globe: 11 Dates Not to Miss

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The Convivialist

90% of people across 11 countries said conviviality was about moments of happiness

Recent OpinonWays research asked what conviviality meant in 11 different countries so we’ve been exploring how each of these cultures come together to celebrate and feast in their own unique ways. Get your happy on with our calendar of celebrations.

87% of people in Spain think their country is convivial

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Spain: The Magic of Three Kings

January 6th

Three Wise men leave presents for children in their shoes, and everyone enjoys Roscón de reyes, a soft, buttery yeasted bread filled and nuts, with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

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87% of people in Spain think their country is convivial

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Australia: Australia Day

January 26th

Celebrate the diversity and freedoms enjoyed across Australia by cranking up the barbeque. Throw some snags on the grill and wash it down with an Aussie wine or beer.

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83% of people in Australia think their country is convivial

87% of people in China think their country is convivial

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China: Lunar New Year

February (date varies)

Set off firecrackers and fireworks to scare off any bad omens before the new year and feast on steamed fish with a jade cocktail.

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87% of people in China think their country is convivial

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Brazil: Carnaval

March (date varies)

You’ll need some stamina for the five days of revelry that is Carnaval. Watch drummers and dancers with vivid costumes, then grab a pastel and a caipirinha from a street vendor. Eat while you party!

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86% of people in Brazil think their country is convivial

84% of people in India think their country is convivial

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India: Holi

March (date varies)

Holi is marks the start of spring and the pure joy and enthusiasm will keep you smiling as colored powder and water is thrown liberally at you! Try a Gujiyas - a sweet pastry with a Thandai – a sweet, creamy milk drink with cardamom, fennel, rose petals, and poppy seeds.

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84% of people in India think their country is convivial

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USA: Independence Day

July 4th

Fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games and family reunions. There is a flurry of red, white and blue even in the food on the 4th of July. For a truly American pie arrange blueberries, strawberries and cream in homage to the star spangled banner.

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70% of people in the USA think their country is convivial

62% of people in France think their country is convivial

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France: Bastille Day

July 14th

Celebrate the birth of France as a republic with fireworks, parades and concerts. A simple picnic with a French accent is the order of the day with pates, cheeses, wines and a fresh baguette.

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62% of people in France think their country is convivial

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Germany: Oktoberfest

September-October (date varies)

Six breweries provide the beer to sup as you hoot along with the oompah bands. Line your stomach with some spit-roasted chicken before the next stein of beer.

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69% of people in Germany think their country is convivial

92% of people in Mexico think their country is convivial

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Mexico: Day of the Dead

November 2nd

Fireworks, food and music are three key elements to this Mexican fiesta. Get your face painted as a skull with intricate colourful patterns (Catrina). Munch on some Pan de Meurto (Bread of the Dead) and sip a tequila.

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92% of people in Mexico think their country is convivial

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The UK: Hogmanay

December 31st

Hogmanay in Scotland is a passionate affair of fireworks and music often enjoyed outside in the cold at a street party. Warm up with haggis, neeps and tatties and a decent dram of whisky.

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67% of people in UK think their country is convivial

71% of people in South Africa think their country is convivial

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South Africa: New Year’s Eve

December 31st

This is a mid-summer celebration of beach parties, music and all-night revelry. Grab a drink and dance like there's no tomorrow.

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71% of people in South Africa think their country is convivial