Folklore http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28143/all en Action remake of 'Hansel & Gretel' wins box office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/action-remake-hansel-gretel-wins-box-office <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 27 (Reuters) - A new take on the classic "Hansel &amp; Gretel" fairy tale grabbed the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts with $19 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend.</p> <p>"Hansel &amp; Gretel: Witch Hunters" is an action movie that morphs the children's story into an action comedy, with the characters now grown into crossbow-wielding, adult bounty hunters. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the lead roles.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/action-remake-hansel-gretel-wins-box-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Films Folklore Hansel and Gretel Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:15:26 +0000 5740179 at http://www.globalpost.com US winter almost over: Phil the groundhog http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/us-winter-almost-over-phil-the-groundhog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It's official, at least according to America's most celebrated groundhog: spring is just around the corner.</p> <p>In an annual ritual with early roots in German folklore and rather more in US media-showbiz, a Pennsylvania groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil was interpreted Saturday as predicting an early end to winter.</p> <p>According to his handlers at the ceremony in the town of Punxsutawney, Phil was brought out of his burrow and did not see his shadow, meaning, obviously, that the seasonal shift is in the offing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/us-winter-almost-over-phil-the-groundhog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture Folklore Punxsutawney Phil Technology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 21:30:52 +0000 5744235 at http://www.globalpost.com US winter almost over: Phil the groundhog http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/us-winter-almost-over-phil-the-groundhog-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It's official, at least according to America's most celebrated groundhog: spring is around the corner.</p> <p>In an annual ritual with early roots in German folklore and rather more in US media-showbiz, a Pennsylvania groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil was interpreted Saturday as predicting an early end to winter.</p> <p>According to his handlers at the ceremony in the town of Punxsutawney, Phil was brought out of his burrow and did not see his shadow, meaning, obviously, that the seasonal shift is in the offing. Had he seen his shadow, winter would have gone on another six weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/us-winter-almost-over-phil-the-groundhog-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture Folklore Punxsutawney Phil Technology AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:15:30 +0000 5744294 at http://www.globalpost.com US winter almost over: Phil the groundhog http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/us-winter-almost-over-phil-the-groundhog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It's official, at least according to America's most celebrated groundhog: spring is around the corner.</p> <p>In an annual ritual with early roots in German folklore and rather more in US media-showbiz, a Pennsylvania groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil was interpreted Saturday as predicting an early end to winter.</p> <p>According to his handlers at the ceremony in the town of Punxsutawney, Phil was brought out of his burrow and did not see his shadow, meaning, obviously, that the seasonal shift is in the offing. Had he seen his shadow, winter would have gone on another six weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/us-winter-almost-over-phil-the-groundhog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture Folklore Punxsutawney Phil Technology AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 07:15:03 +0000 5744296 at http://www.globalpost.com Poles chase away winter by burning and drowning dolls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/poles-chase-away-winter-burning-and-drowning-dolls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Clutching a gaudy homemade doll in flames, students gathered Thursday on a frosty footbridge in central Poland to toss it into the river -- an ancient rite repeated across the country every March 21.</p> <p>Chanting "Evil winter begone!", the students joined winter-weary Poles nationwide in the centuries-old tradition of burning "Marzanna" dolls to cast away the cold, illness and all other misery.</p> <p>"The initial plan was to drown one of the girls from class, but our teacher said no," joked Piotr Soldanski, 14, drawing laughs from his classmates in the town of Sierpc.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/poles-chase-away-winter-burning-and-drowning-dolls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Folklore Labor Law Manga Marzanna AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:31:44 +0000 5790304 at http://www.globalpost.com Poles chase away winter by burning and drowning dolls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/poles-chase-away-winter-burning-and-drowning-dolls-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Clutching a gaudy homemade doll in flames, students gathered Thursday on a frosty footbridge in central Poland to toss it into the river -- an ancient rite repeated across the country every March 21.</p> <p>Chanting "Evil winter begone!", the students joined winter-weary Poles nationwide in the centuries-old tradition of burning "Marzanna" dolls to cast away the cold, illness and all other misery.</p> <p>"The initial plan was to drown one of the girls from class, but our teacher said no," joked Piotr Soldanski, 14, drawing laughs from his classmates in the town of Sierpc.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/poles-chase-away-winter-burning-and-drowning-dolls-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Folklore Labor Law Manga Marzanna AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:45:40 +0000 5790316 at http://www.globalpost.com How much for a tooth? Tooth Fairy's doling out nearly $4 a tooth, a survey says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130830/how-much-tooth-tooth-fairys-doling-out-nearly-4-tooth-survey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visa survey finds spike to nearly $4 for every visit from the Tooth Fairy this year. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK, NY &mdash; Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.</p> <p>Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 per cent jump over last year&#39;s rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released Friday. That&#39;s a 42 per cent spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011.</p> <p>Part of the reason for the sharp rise: Parents don&#39;t want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130830/how-much-tooth-tooth-fairys-doling-out-nearly-4-tooth-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cultural anthropology Culture Fairies Folklore Tooth fairy USD Culture & Lifestyle Education Offbeat The Canadian Press Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 5921225 at http://www.globalpost.com How much for a tooth? Tooth Fairy's doling out nearly $4 a tooth, a survey says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130830/how-much-tooth-tooth-fairys-doling-out-nearly-4-tooth-surv-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK, N.Y. - Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.</p> <p>Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 per cent jump over last year's rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released Friday. That's a 42 per cent spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011.</p> <p>Part of the reason for the sharp rise: Parents don't want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130830/how-much-tooth-tooth-fairys-doling-out-nearly-4-tooth-surv-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fairies Folklore Tooth fairy USD The Canadian Press Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:15:53 +0000 5921477 at http://www.globalpost.com UN body mulls Dutch 'Black Pete' racism claim http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131019/un-body-mulls-dutch-black-pete-racism-claim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN human rights body is mulling whether a Dutch caricature called "Black Pete" who accompanies Saint Nicholas during a traditional children's festival is racist, a media report said Saturday.</p> <p>A committee of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is assessing responses to a letter sent to the Dutch government early this year, the NRC Handelsblad reported.</p> <p>Black Pete, or "Zwarte Piet" in Dutch, traditionally accompanies Saint Nicholas at a festival on the third Saturday of November, when he officially "arrives" in The Netherlands in a gift-filled boat from Spain.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131019/un-body-mulls-dutch-black-pete-racism-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Culture Folklore Technology AFP Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:17:53 +0000 5965296 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch fury over UN body's 'Black Pete' racism charge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131023/dutch-fury-over-un-bodys-black-pete-racism-charge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Facebook petition supporting a Dutch Christmas character called "Black Pete" on Wednesday hit a million 'likes', revealing the liberal nation's attachment to a beloved figure the UN has warned may be racist. </p> <p>Anger over the issue has swept the Netherlands after a UN human rights body said it was assessing whether "Zwarte Piet", who accompanies Saint Nicholas during a traditional children's festival before Christmas, is racist.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131023/dutch-fury-over-un-bodys-black-pete-racism-charge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christianity Folklore Religion Social Issues AFP Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:17:01 +0000 5968643 at http://www.globalpost.com Protesters shun 'racist' Black Pete in Amsterdam festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131117/protesters-shun-racist-black-pete-amsterdam-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tens of thousands of people crowded Amsterdam's streets on Sunday to watch the traditional holiday arrival of Saint Nicholas as a handful joined a silent protest against his sidekick "Black Pete", which they said was a racist symbol.</p> <p>The debate over Black Pete has reached a fever pitch in the last weeks in the Netherlands, highlighting the issue of racism in a country that prides itself on open-minded values. It has even sparked a UN rights probe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131117/protesters-shun-racist-black-pete-amsterdam-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christianity Folklore Religion AFP Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:16:39 +0000 5991673 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Wild Bill' Hickok's pistol fails to sell at San Francisco auction http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131118/wild-bill-hickoks-pistol-be-auctioned-san-francisco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Laila Kearney</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The revolver carried by Old West lawman James "Wild Bill" Hickok on the day he was shot down at a Deadwood saloon failed to sell at an auction in San Francisco on Monday, with bidders failing to meet the steep reserve set by the gun's owners.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131118/wild-bill-hickoks-pistol-be-auctioned-san-francisco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American folklore Folklore Human Interest Tall tales Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:50:58 +0000 5992376 at http://www.globalpost.com Nova Scotia Liberal breaks down in discussing photo of blackface character http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131202/nova-scotia-liberal-removes-photo-himself-blackface-christma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia politician fought back tears Monday as he discussed a photo showing him sitting on the lap of a blackface Christmas character, telling the province's African community he's sorry for any offence and wants to be part of a conversation about whether Zwarte Piet has a place in the Dutch community's holiday celebrations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131202/nova-scotia-liberal-removes-photo-himself-blackface-christma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Culture Folklore Joachim Stroink Politics Social Issues The Canadian Press Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:04:47 +0000 6006592 at http://www.globalpost.com Ho, ho, holy cow - Santa gets fighter escort on U.S. military site http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131203/ho-ho-holy-cow-santa-gets-fighter-escort-us-military-site <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Simpson</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military website showing Santa Claus delivering his presents while guarded by warplanes has some children's advocates worried.</p> <p>In a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated version of Santa Claus' sleigh and reindeer as he flies around the globe on December 24, the military is adding the animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular feature, said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131203/ho-ho-holy-cow-santa-gets-fighter-escort-us-military-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas traditions Folklore Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:21:24 +0000 6007902 at http://www.globalpost.com New Mexico teacher on leave after telling black student Santa is white http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/new-mexico-teacher-leave-after-telling-black-student-santa-whit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Zelie Pollon</p> <p>SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A New Mexico high school teacher who questioned an African American student's decision to dress up as Santa Claus on the grounds that the mythical North Pole figure was white has been put on paid administrative leave, an official said on Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/new-mexico-teacher-leave-after-telling-black-student-santa-whit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas Folklore Thomson Reuters Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:42:23 +0000 6021992 at http://www.globalpost.com