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1 March 2019 Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and carnival – what's it all about?

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and carnival – what's it all about?

Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras ('fat Tuesday') is the last day before the period Christians call Lent. Traditionally, during Lent, Christians are supposed to give up certain foods, including eggs, butter and fat. Pancake Day was a way of using up these ingredients before they were forbidden. At Usborne, we have staff from many different countries and we asked them to tell us about their Lent traditions – many of which also involve exuberant carnivals.

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19 December 2018 New Year's Eve around the world

New Year's Eve around the world

New Year's Eve isn't just about fireworks and champagne – countries around the world all have their own traditions, and some are very bizarre indeed! At Usborne, we have staff from many different countries and we asked them to tell us about their New Year's Eve traditions.

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Tags: around the world


7 November 2018 National Non-Fiction November

National Non-Fiction November

While children’s fiction is enjoying a boom, non-fiction for curious children is quietly inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, writers and much more...

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Tags: Food around the world


26 February 2018 How to write a history of the world – in 160 pages

How to write a history of the world – in 160 pages

Ruth Brocklehurst, co-author of A Short History of the World, reveals how they condensed such an enormous subject – and why advice from an expert was invaluable.

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27 November 2017 Christmas around the world

Christmas around the world

We have staff from many different countries at Usborne and we asked them to tell us about Christmas traditions in their home countries...

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