December 25 is celebrated in most parts of the world, as Christmas Day (from the Old English Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”). This is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people. Even in Thailand — a predominately Buddhist where I have lived for the past 12 years — the holiday is generally celebrated by … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Andorra was created under a charter granted by King Charles the Great (Charlemagne) in return for the Andorran people fighting against the Moors with Overlordship of the territory by the Count of Urgell. In A.D. 988, the Andorran valleys were given to the Diocese of Urgell in exchange for land in Cerdanya. The Bishop of Urgell, based in Seu d’Urgell, has owned Andorra since then. … Continue reading French Andorra #23 (1932)