Seasonal traditions and occasions
Kissing under the mistletoe is a well-known Christmas tradition. Across many cultures from the past
Take a look at our gallery of markets organised in many countries during the weeks of Advent
Christmas trees, decorated with tinsels, baubles, lights, candles and more, are symbols of the holidays all across Europe. Enjoy this gallery of Christmas trees, and happy holidays to all from us at Europeana.
Why the shamrock is a symbol of Ireland thanks to Saint Patrick
Explore Europe's remarkable variety of customs and traditions in this special exhibition
Midsummer is celebrated across Europe in June, marking the longest day of the year.
Easter eggs from across the continent, decorated in a variety of ways and techniques
Meet St. Gregory, the 6th monk who became Pope and the patron saint of schoolchildren and scholars.
Explore the magic of carnival through photographs, paintings and artefacts from across Europe.
Learn about Hungary’s oldest and most famous carnival tradition, which banishes winter and welcomes spring.
From earth goddess festival to family feast - did you know that Mother’s Day has its roots in ancient traditions?
Pride parades are a celebration of queerness, a protest against normativity, and a cry for equal rights.
Enjoy depictions of spring in Europeana, filled with birds, flowers and sunny skies with dappled clouds.
Autumn has inspired artists for centuries. This gallery shows how artists have depicted the harvest season through colourful paintings and drawings.
Here are some scenes in paintings, photographs, drawings and more of how people across Europe and the world celebrate and enjoy life when the weather gets colder.