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Folk and fairy tales of a pandemic

… and how to face our fears and grief The year 2020 will go down in history books as a year that was dominated by the pandemic. As of now, there is no end in sight. One thing that becomes obvious is that societies around the world are deeply divided. Divided in those who fear the virus and those who fear the measures taken to counter it. To me it is almost ironic that people don’t seem to see that it is fear that not only divides, but also unites them.  Often the lables put onto people who have critical...

Best folk- and fairy tales for Chinese Valentine’s Day and lovers in long distance relationsships

On the 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar Chinese celebrate a festival called the Double Seventh Festival, the Qixi Day or nowadays mostly refered to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. In order to celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day and furthermore to console lovers from all around the world that are separated in a long distance relationship, let me share with you my favorite folk and fairy tales on the topic:   Orpheus and Eurydice In this ancient Greek myth, Orpheus follows his lover Eurydice into the Hades, the Underworld, the realm of death, to get her...

Folk and Fairy tales to celebrate Europe Day

Europe Day is celebrated on 5 May by the Council of Europe and on 9 May by the European Union. Therefore fairytalenight.com presents a folk or fairy tale from each member country of the European Union. I tried to give example that are reflective of the spirit and culture of the country or one that is especially well known. In fact it was quite difficult to find stories for some of the smaller countries and difficult to pinpoint the origin in today’s terms. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if a story emerged first in Denmark or Sweden, was it first...

Best folk and fairy tales about WATER – Happy World Water Day

The 22 of March is the UN’s world water day.  World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. Adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives. Using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gases. We cannot afford to wait. Everyone has a role to play. Therefore fairytalenight.com has collected the best stories around water or the lack of water. Without further ado, here’s our list: 5. The Fish and the Leopard’s Wife; or, Why the Fish lives in the Water (FOLK STORIES...

Top 3 Fairy Tales for the Chinese New Year

3. The Flower-Elves In The Flower-Elves a scholar is being asked a favor by a bunch of young maidens: “And now we have a great favor to ask, that every New Year’s day you make a small scarlet flag, paint the sun, moon and five planets on it, and set it up in the eastern part of the garden. Then we sisters will be left in peace and will be protected from all evil. But since New Year’s day has passed for this year, we beg that you will set up the flag on the twenty-first of this month. For...

Top 5 Tales about seeking Immortality and Immortal beings

The idea for this Top list came when I read about a Startup that wants to upload people’s mind to the cloud. A lethal procedure with an uncertain outcome (read more about Nectome on The Guardian and Business Insider). They are, however, not the only ones and by far not the first ones to dream of immortality. For hundreds of years the idea of immortality has inspired folk tales and bed-time stories around the world. For those who are trying to achieve it, however, it doesn’t always end well. Moreover there are also those creatures who are already born as immortals. In any...