Delve into Europe’s folk culture and you’ll find both familiar stories and others that are new to you. Folk customs are alive and well all around the continent to celebrate the cycles of the seasons, life’s big moments —coming of age, marriage, childbirth — and of course, holidays. Some of the pageantry you can witness is about the governing bodies of a country or is a replay of an important historical event. Regardless of the reason, you’re sure to hear traditional music, see amazing costumes, taste special foods, and feel the pride locals take in these celebrations. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited to join in the dancing!

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