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8 unusual winter festivals

By: Josh Lew on Dec. 15, 2014, 12:26 p.m.
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World party

From late November through early January, escaping the holiday season is nearly impossible. No matter where you are in the U.S., you’ll be confronted with light displays, crowded airports, in-your-face retailing, balloon drops and constant holiday Muzak. But what about elsewhere? It’s holiday season in other parts of the world, too. Here are eight winter holidays celebrated in different corners of the globe. (Text: Josh Lew)