Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
A blazing party
In Sweden, the arrival of spring is celebrated with bonfires and boisterous revelry. The Valborgsmässoafton festival is one of very few traditional festivals not celebrated within the family, but in public, and guests are always welcome.
Until they were banned in the 19th century, monks from the Buddhist Fuke sect wandered the streets of Japan playing gentle melodies on flutes and begging for alms. The sect died out 150 years ago, but their traditions are recreated for special occasions.
Mary Shelley’s novel about a man-made creature was published in 1818 and spawned countless stage and film adaptations. Renowned Gothic scholar Sir Christopher Frayling documents the evolution of this phenomenon in his new book.