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Marriage In Japan
The way we see Japanese culture in the West is very different from reality today. We can come to think that in Japan young people still marry for convenience, through marriages arranged by their families, and that they do not really do so for love.
Nothing is further from reality. More and more Japanese people are leaving these archaic traditions behind, and they even prefer not to marry if they are not really in love. The Japanese, as cold as they may seem to us, also prioritize love in their relationships.
Arranged Marriages In Japan
A Japanese tradition that is still valid today is the thought that a man must be married before reaching the age of 30. This fact is practically an obligation in most rural areas of Japan, where the traditional culture continues to be maintained.
When a man or woman approaches the age of marriage, or middle age, called reiki, if they are not yet in a stable relationship, their family will rush to find them a life partner.
In some areas of Japan, the tradition of the naked is still followed, which consists of parents acting as ‘Celestina‘ to find a partner for their sons or daughters, or what is known as a marriage of convenience.
When the parents believe they have found a compatible partner, the omiai is celebrated, which is the ceremony in which the parents and the future couple participate. If the two boys like each other, there will be more meetings between them, until the wedding is arranged.
This ritual is already being lost in Japan, and very few young people accept that their parents look for a partner to marry. Although in many Japanese dramas it is still seen as normal in wealthy families, it is a disused tradition.
What Is A Japanese Wedding Like?
When a couple is in love and decides to get married, it can be done through several different types of ceremonies. As in the West, legal marriage is done just by signing a paper, regardless of the type of religious ceremony that is done to celebrate the union.
There are Japanese who are more practical and only sign the marriage form in the koseki, the civil status registry of Japan, together with two witnesses.
Of course, the vast majority also accompany it with one or more religious celebrations, which can be in the traditional style, in the Western style, or both together.
Western-Style Japanese Wedding
Very few Japanese are Christians, so the celebration of a Western-style Japanese wedding is more than anything a fad, or because some of the spouses are of Western culture. For the Japanese, these weddings are more exotic and much cheaper than traditional weddings.
The bride and groom dress in the typical costume at Christian weddings; he is in a tailcoat, and she is in a white dress, which is usually extremely floaty dresses.
The Catholic wedding ceremony is celebrated together with the whole family, friends, and co-workers, and then everyone enjoys the food during the reception.
Lately, more themed weddings are being held, for example, from the Pokemon series. These weddings have an official license or certificate and Pikachu as a witness.
It is common for the bride and groom to change their clothes during the reception, as is the case with the traditional Japanese ceremony. In Japan when a couple comes together it symbolizes a very important change in their lives, and for this reason, it is important to change clothes as a sign that they have started a new stage together.
What Changes Have Occurred In Japanese Weddings?
Although the main religion in Japan is Shintoism, weddings are not usually a religious celebration that is marked by the beliefs of each person.
In fact, throughout the history of Japan ancient wedding celebrations have been changing according to trends. While at the end of the XIX century the ceremonies were Buddhist ( butsuzenshiki ).
In the 20th century, they became traditional Shinto ceremonies ( shinzenshiki ), changing again after World War II to become more western ceremonies ( kyokaishiki ).
Whatever the central reason for the wedding, in Japan weddings, are not usually religious ceremonies. They consist of a celebration together with the whole family and friends, in which the couple chooses the style they like best for the occasion.
It is very common for the bride and groom who can afford it to have two different types of weddings. This is the case of the Nekojita YouTubers, who made two types of celebrations to join in marriage:
For this reason in Japan, the wedding business moves a lot of money and is so important. There are countless agencies that are dedicated to organizing a wedding adapted to the demands of each couple, which can be as varied as there are different people in Japan.
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This is one of the old wedding traditions but it is still seen in some Puerto Rican weddings. A doll dressed like a wife is placed on top of the cake or on the guests’ tables. A capias is attached to the wrist and then handed out to guests as little gifts. And how about the boyfriend? Well, the bride is definitely the focus of attention at a Puerto Rican wedding.
Don’t you know where you want to have them after the room closes? Or if you must have a brunch with mimosas to continue celebrating the next day? In Argentina, this problem does not exist. The party starts very late and continues until dawn. But make sure you drink plenty of water and that you have some hidden snacks because in time you will be hungry again. Churros are traditionally offered — enjoy them!
These bells are different from what you are imagining at a wedding. In a traditional Guatemalan ceremony, a white bell is placed at the entrance. When the bride and groom enter, the mother of the bride breaks the bell. Rice, flour, and another wheat fall as a symbol of prosperity for the new couple.
Are you afraid of facing that guy who’s going to be super drunk? Or are you worried that those distant friends from high school are going to meet up too late? No problem in Venezuela! The bride and groom secretly escape before the end of the night and the honeymoon begins a little early.
If you are getting married in Chile, the wedding budget may have to be a bit larger for their wedding traditions. Both the groom and the bride give each other engagement rings. And things get even more complicated at the altar — in addition to changing wedding rings, engagement rings are also transferred from the right hand to the left hand.
Gift exchange in Cuba is quite creative. If the wedding guests want to dance with the bride, they have to pin money on her dress. Perhaps here wealth matters more than beauty …
If you are worried that there is going to be a fight for the bouquet when you hear “Single Ladies,” this custom is a bit more relaxed. In Peru, there are baked threads inside the wedding cake. A single thread is attached to a ring. The tradition is that whoever chooses the thread with the ring is the next to marry.
The wedding traditions of Mexico are vows are not as intimate in Mexico as in other countries. Groomsmen and bridesmaids play a big role in planning the wedding as well. They support the bride and groom both on the wedding day on the dance floor and on the days before and after the wedding with their finances.
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1- Try to live with Chinese or, at least, have Chinese neighbors
First, on most university campuses in China, foreign students live in residences that are clearly separate from Chinese student residences, which makes it quite difficult to enter the spaces of their daily lives. Second, establishing ties with the foreign community can be an obstacle to making Chinese friends. Since socio-cultural integration is not a priority for many of them, and on more than one occasion. You will find that their attitude towards the local people and culture is not going to help you.
Regarding the bureaucratic procedures necessary to reside on your own. They may be more or less complicated depending on the university and the province in which you study. But if you want to make the most of your stay, I advise you to be patient during the first two weeks. And make the effort to pay for a hotel or hostel until you find your “Chinese environment” and it is recognized as a place of residence.
2- Try to have more Chinese friends than foreigners
Despite the fact that they can be shy many times, Chinese in general. And university students, in particular, feel a great interest in relating to foreigners and are very kind to us. Although it is also true that they have certain preferences for those who fit in. With the Hollywood image of the North Americans and the Europeans of pale tone.
On many occasions, I have heard foreigners complain that the Chinese only approach them to practice English. But it seems to me that this is a natural aspect of the exchange that social relations in general bring and that there is no reason to despise it.
On the other hand, and although it sounds a bit harsh to say it, remember that if you have come to China to get into their way of life. Dedicating your time to establish relationships with other foreigners will be a bad investment in most cases and as I have already done. As mentioned earlier, it’s easy to get caught up in the fearsome circle of “self-indulgent misfits” who are dedicated to embittering staff on every campus in China.
Also, don’t forget that if you don’t speak Chinese, something as normal as reserving a train ticket. Or finding the bus that will take you to that cultural event that interests you. You can be much more complicated than you think. And it is in those moments when you will be most grateful to have made Chinese friends.
3- Find yourself a local partner
Having good Chinese friends can be a key to being invited to spend the New Year with your family or to participate in all kinds of popular customs or traditional festivals. But when it comes to understanding Chinese society. Few things are as beneficial as establishing an intimate relationship with a local person.
Having a partner who has grown up in China can not only help you improve your level of Chinese. But it can also be a great advantage when discussing or interpreting any issue. However delicate or uncomfortable it may sound to your Chinese friends. Now, we should be careful when it comes to flirting because in China, dating a boyfriend or girlfriend generally carries a much stronger commitment. And expectations than in Europe, North America, and many other western regions.
4- Look for references that come from your area of cultural influence
Before launching into articles about life in China written by German, English, or North American ex-pats, try to find sources that share your cultural heritage. It is enough to take a look at history to remember the differences in the colonization style of the powers of southern and northern Europe to understand how different it can be to “adapt” to local life for Anglo-Saxons or Latinos.
In addition, at this point, there is a large number of blogs, web pages. And forums written and managed by and for Spanish-speaking people (Chinochano, Chinalati, Zai China, etc.), where you can find detailed information on almost any aspect that you can interest about life in China.
5- Eat what they serve you and try to create a good atmosphere at the table
Lunches and dinners are vitally important in strengthening ties within Chinese society. And they are also a golden opportunity to assimilate the local mentality.
As in many other cultures, in the Chinese tradition, being invited to a lunch or dinner implies enjoying the food and drink served to try to please. Or at least not contradict, the expectations of the host, who will also expect that your guests help to “entertain” the evening. That is why it is important to eat without shyness and without scruples what is served at the table. And generate a good atmosphere of celebration among the diners. Either by proposing toasts, telling a joke or funny story, or even singing a short verse.
On the other hand, with regard to food, citizens from southwestern European and Latin American countries have a great adaptation advantage over those from northeastern Europe and North America, where the habit of eating entrails has been lost, a common ingredient of delicious Chinese cuisine.
6- Be careful with your facial and body gestures
Within the Chinese tradition, facial expressions are an element of bodily communication that is treated with a special level of care and attention. Contrary to what many think, it is not that the Chinese are expressionless by nature. But that from a young age they are educated to control their body gestures and avoid making faces. A custom that many consider as a sign of lack of education or as a result of a rare disregard for wrinkles.
In any case, during my wanderings in this country. I have noticed that not a few Westerners neglect this aspect even at dinners and important meals. Without noticing that a gesture of disgust for the dish served not only represents contempt for the poor cook. But also towards the host, and even towards those guests who feel identified with this culinary specialty. Something very common in a country so fond of good food.
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Why is pedagogy important?
Mainly pedagogy is responsible for reflecting on education, but not only studies teaching and learning. But also takes into account the way in which human beings learn. How they develop in society, how they make decisions, resolve problems, and how they build healthy relationships.
This is an area closely related to the teaching career, but there are special studies in pedagogy and it is really useful to recognize that each student is unique and unrepeatable, that they all have individual differences, skills, and talents.
The function of pedagogy is always to go one step further, since it offers tools focused on increasing students’ self-esteem, attending to special educational needs, orienting on affective and social situations so that the student can function optimally.
What does it take to be a pedagogue?
A pedagogue plays an important role in the development of students, mainly in their academic and learning stages. And also the person in charge of planning, executing, and evaluating educational programs.
A graduate in pedagogy must have knowledge of psychology, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology, which he will acquire during his career.
It must be borne in mind that a pedagogue is a professional who has active social participation in the educational process, therefore he performs diagnoses, research, guidance, planning, management, and evaluation of projects and programs related to the educational field.
In general, these functions go hand in hand with the systematic methodology focused on providing comprehensive care to the human person, applying all this in different environments, and promoting social responsibility and awareness in the student.
What knowledge can be obtained when studying for a Bachelor of Education?
The pedagogical professional will learn to design and develop study plans, programs, projects, orientation. And intervention strategies in the different educational contexts and their levels.
A licensed pedagogue will acquire the ability to approach groups of human resources. In order to carry out education and training projects, in addition to carrying out programs.
You will also learn to work in educational, cultural, business, social institutions or in hospital classrooms. Where you can perform functions such as:
What other qualities are required to be a pedagogue?
The knowledge acquired with a bachelor’s degree or any other study is important. However, there are abilities, skills, or characteristics that are lacking in the degree in pedagogy, among which we can mention:
Empathy towards children
Pedagogy focuses mainly on children, so it is required to have empathy with children at this stage, a professional in this area must feel passion and vocation for what they do, since they will work mainly with children, taking into it counts all its areas of development.
Have emotional intelligence
This is a very important quality in all careers, but particularly in this one because you must have self-control and empathy, in a balanced way, in order to provide quality care.
The professional must maintain control of their emotions when helping children. Especially those who present a situation of risk, disability, or educational need.
Only in this way can the pedagogue put into action all the necessary strategies and achieve favorable results for the student.
Must be achievement-oriented
Pedagogy constantly seeks the achievement of objectives and concretely improves different situations. So the pedagogue must have the ability to collect all the information necessary to promote the overcoming of difficulties and specific problems in students.
As you may have noticed, being a professional in pedagogy requires dedication and effort. But you cannot abandon your vocation and love for this wonderful work. Where the child or adolescents are the most important thing.
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A relaxed attitude
There is one thing that Australians are known for around the world. And it’s their friendly and easygoing attitude. Of course, food, events, art, and history are all core parts of Australian culture. But what really sets an Australian apart is their relaxed outlook on life. It’s the way friends show up unannounced for a chat (but always with a six-pack of beer in hand). That’s why you’ll hear the words “no problem, man” exchanged between strangers on the street. Above all, it’s about putting stress aside to appreciate the good things in life that are right in front of our eyes.
A spirit of friendship
To Australians, a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet. Friendship is the beating heart of the Australian spirit – it’s practically a national trait. Australians pride themselves on being good friends and neighbors, and not just people they know. They tend to greet everyone, from courier to taxi driver with a “good morning” or “how are you?”. For Australians, the emphasis on friendship creates a cheerful and welcoming attitude, which prompts them to think that anyone can be a friend.
And who says friends have to be human? With neighbors like penguins, koalas, and wallabies, animals make great companions. And our unique wildlife is part of what fuels Australians’ enthusiasm for environmentalism and sustainability.
Love for the outdoors
From the red sands of Uluru to the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests rich in flora and fauna. Australia is blessed with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world – so it’s no surprise that Australians love the outdoors. This passion for nature runs in the veins of Australians and is anchored in the foundation of the country’s history; a respectful bond with the land has been at the heart of Aboriginal culture for more than 50,000 years.
Thanks to seasonal wildlife, you can swim with whale sharks one month and manta rays the next. But the locals also love to explore their country. Sydney love to swim in the ocean at sunrise, Canberra people take weekend bike rides around the lake, and Perth’s King Park is the locals’ favorite for a picnic.
A rich and diverse cultural history
Australian history strongly influences the modern way of life, and the earliest and oldest Australian stories belong to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. Their diverse languages, philosophies, and histories form the oldest surviving culture on Earth, dating back millennia.
You can get an introduction to the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle with a Dreamtime Southern X tour in Sydney or move to the beat at Dance Rites, Australia’s national indigenous dance competition held at the Sydney Opera House.
Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity continue to grow as people from all over the world have settled in the country’s vibrant metropolises and thriving cities. Today, Australia’s rich assortment of backgrounds, cultures, and communities influences everything from the food we eat to the celebrations we share.
Get together to eat and drink
Whether it’s drinking or eating, celebrating with friends, family and the wider community around a shared table is an integral part of Australian culture.
The possibilities for trying Australian cuisine are endless. From cafeteria breakfasts to oceanfront lunches and fine dining, Australian cuisine blends fresh native ingredients with influences from around the world to create something totally unique. Many tasty Australian drinks also take inspiration from the native environment. With thousands of wineries located in 65 beautiful wine regions and a boom in craft distilleries and breweries, many Australians are using native botanicals to create wine, beer, and spirits that reflect their surroundings.
Sharing a meal or drink with a group of friends in a fascinating setting, whether enjoying Pan-Asian flavors in a Melbourne alleyway or enjoying a Greek dish on one of the country’s many beaches, is a typical Australian custom.
Make the most of the coast
What do you get when you combine a nature-loving lifestyle with such an extraordinary coastline? A thriving beach life, of course. Australians find countless ways to take off their shoes and enjoy the many beautiful beaches, be it surfing, fishing, kayaking, a picnic, an impromptu beach cricket match, or just enjoying the sun.
You may notice this beach lifestyle even when Aussies are away from the waves. For decades, this culture has influenced everything from Australian music to children’s television shows.
The spirit of the outback
“A little-known fact is that a quarter of all land in Australia – like the incredible Kakadu National Park – is managed by Aboriginal land Trusts. The Aboriginal rangers who manage and protect these beautiful and vast territories are our great unsung heroes. . ”
In Australia, however, there are not only beaches. The Australian outback is home to a number of diverse landscapes, countless natural wonders, and deep connections to Aboriginal culture and communities. As the sense of adventure and love of the outdoors fuel the Australian way of life, you’ll find plenty of Australians outside the city centers enjoying the fresh air and clear night skies of small Australian communities in the beautiful outback. .
Hike the MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, with its ancient mountain ranges and refreshing rock pools, to understand why the outback is so important to the Australian way of life.
A passionate sport cultures
The Australian lifestyle is relaxed, sure, but there is nothing that excites an Aussie more than sports. Australian sports culture has passed from generation to generation, making the population deeply passionate about cricket, rugby, Australian football, soccer, tennis, and more. Locals flock to pubs for rugby matches, spend all day in the sun at cricket matches, and use the golden beaches as pitches for impromptu matches.
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10 curiosities of Moana culture
For that reason, we want to share with you 10 curiosities of Moana that you surely did not know. So that now you can put on your Disney master’s badge and no one has a way to refute it:
# 1 What does “Moana” mean?
We are sure that you will not be surprised by the meaning of the last woman’s name to join the princess club. Moana, in Hawaiian, means “ocean.” Yes, it is a bit obvious, but we cannot deny that it makes sense (and it sounds very nice).
# 2 Maui was the main
In the original idea, Maui was the center of the spotlight, and Moana was going to be a supporting character.
# 3 Auli’i Cravalho Is the Youngest Disney Princess Of All
Actress Auli’i Cravalho was just 14 years old when she voiced Moana, making her the youngest Disney princess yet.
# 4 The sea as a character
One of the film’s main challenges was how to make the ocean interpret as a character in itself and not as part of the setting or a being that is controlling the sea. What’s more, water plays such an important role in this movie that new software also had to be invented to animate it and make it look as realistic as possible.
# 5 The Rock didn’t even have to audition
From the beginning, the creators of Moana wanted Dwayne Johnson to be Maui’s voice, so there were no auditions for this character. But, we can’t blame them. The role of Maui was PERFECT for Dwayne.
# 6 Hair like no other
Moana’s hair was so different from any other princess that the animation team had to create new software tools to bring it to life with greater realism. Do you think that with Mérida they also had that problem?
# 7 Seriously, Maui IS a representation of The Rock
For the Maui Corps, the pre-production team was inspired by football players, wrestlers and Dwayne Johnson himself. But the muse did not get there. Even Maui’s eyebrows and dimples are like Dwayne’s.
# 8 Pua is a real pig
The pig noises that Pua makes were not made by a voice actor or some other special effect. They are recordings of a real pig. Aw!
# 9 Historically correct clothing
The wardrobe that Moana and the rest of her community wear had a lot of research behind it. Neysa Bové, the artist in charge of creating it, only chose fabrics and materials found on the island.
# 10 The absence of a goddess
One of Moana’s biggest criticisms regarding her representation of Polynesian culture was the lack of a character that symbolized a goddess since there are many strong and important goddesses in the traditions of this region. Like Hina, who is Maui’s wife?
More 10 curious facts about Moana culture
We share 10 curious facts about Moana to give value to one of the most beautiful Disney films, a production that you should see now if you have not seen it before. And if you saw it, and you have to repeat it, it is also valid.
Influence of Greek Culture
Our society is strongly influenced by the customs of the peoples that preceded us. A clear example of this is the Greek culture, a civilization that, thanks to its discoveries, has allowed us to perceive the world as we know it.
Greece is recognized primarily for its legacy in philosophy, sciences such as mathematics, and literature (poetry, theater). In the artistic field, they have great wealth, either in sculpture (frequently representation of Gods, mortals, and heroes), painting (usually in ceramics), and in architecture, a field in which the most recognized are the varieties of columns (Doric, Ionic or Corinthian), the main buildings built were temples, stadiums, hippodrome theaters, etc.
Currently, we preserve the knowledge inherited by this civilization. However, we do not recognize them clearly. Among the most outstanding, we can find the search for balance and perfection in art, various mathematical concepts, the tradition of the Olympic Games, architectural influences, buildings such as theaters, temples, etc.
Concept of God
Everything arises with a god in the abyss where nothing existed, then he created heaven and earth and life arises from him. Just by looking at Greek mythology’s origin, we can begin to realize the influences it still has on our beliefs. Talk about Perseus’s story, who helped humans secretly from his father, Zeus, in giving them the technology of fire. In a certain way, this is related to the origin of humanity in the story of Adam and Eve since fire represents technology and knowledge. According to Genesis, it says that while they were in paradise, Adam and Eve had all the knowledge in the world, including being able to talk to the animals. It was until they were expelled from paradise that they lost all consciousness and we sank into ignorance. It was in ancient Greece that the idea of heaven and hell first arose.
Hades, the god of the underworld, represents what we know as Lucifer, who is a fallen angel. Like Lucifer, Hades started as normal gods and then fell into the underworld and are tasked with retaining souls that have not been forgiven in some way by the gods. It is believed that our perception of what the hell is to come from Greek drawings in which they detail large spiked entrances that flow without an end. These entrances that the Greeks describe are simply entrances to caves. The peaks that they describe are formations both started as normal gods and then fell into the underworld and are responsible for retaining souls that have not been forgiven in some way by the gods. It is believed that our perception of what the hell is to come from Greek drawings in which they detail large spiked entrances that flow without an end.
In conclusion, Greek culture has enriched our society and cultures. In this culture, important knowledge and trends emerged that has transcended over the years, thus influencing many of our traditions.
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From the beginning
A first factor that undoubtedly contributes to the degree of happiness in this country is that since the 30s the Finnish state has equally protected pregnant mothers and babies, through a series of measures ranging from prenatal care to the very famous box made of cardboard provided by the state, which acts as a crib, and which contains all the necessary implements for the baby’s first months.
My son was born at the Women’s Clinic in Helsinki, which allowed me to appreciate the austerity, equality, and high efficiency of the public health system. The delivery is attended by trained midwives and specialist doctors are available immediately, in an emergency. The rooms are shared and the food is arranged in the form of a buffet in the corridor, which the mothers, organized in a row, serve themselves. The bathrooms are communal and spotless.
Once at home, the Kela social security system provides the cardboard box with all the necessary and excellent quality implements free of charge: mattress, blankets, diapers, scissors, brushes, rompers made with fine cotton, towels, and other items necessary to care of the baby. In restaurants, parks, public places, and/or banks there is a culture of child care and care, for whom playful spaces are created, facilitating the work of parents. Maternity leave is four months and the father is given almost two months.
In February of this year, a law was launched that will govern from 2021 and that allows both parents to have the same days of paid work leave for seven months. By promoting the care of children by their own parents, it seeks to strengthen the bond between parents and children and encourages men to actively participate in the care of the baby. In fact, the Finnish father of my son taught me a lot about his upbringing, in that early stage.
Nature is sacred
The Finns’ rapport with nature is special. Its relationship with the birch, pine, and fir forests that cover 65 percent of its surface, and with its more than 180,000 lakes, borders on the sacred. For them, walking through its forests, picking berries, fishing, and, above all, spending a few days in their cabins, is comparable to being in paradise. This love of nature is equally perceived in ministers, conductors, businessmen, or the common Finn. The cabins are built near a lake and rustic, to the point that some make use of latrines in the forest. Most of them have a sauna, a word originally from Finnish, which is one of the most deeply rooted traditions in this country, where it is estimated that there are about three million of these baths.
And it is that taking a sauna, which may sound exotic in other countries, is part of Finnish hospitality. Thus, in the middle of a visit, your host may ask you: would you like to take a sauna?, Like someone offering a coffee. If you agree, they will provide you with towels and the birch bouquet to hit your body with to stimulate circulation, and they will not flinch when you rush out to dive into the lake, as they may well be cooking the famous Finnish sausage, which forms part of the ritual.
Education and more!
I confess that, at first, when I took my son to pre-kindergarten in Helsinki, my heart as a protective Latin mother was disturbed when I felt him slip out of my hand to run off to meet his friends. When she had to pick him up at the little house in the woods, where they baked cookies, learned to sew, or painted, he showed no interest in returning home. And it is no wonder that Finnish education, considered one of the best in the world, in addition to being free and universal, has teachers with very high levels of education.
The child is not forced to get up early, he is encouraged to play; there are no homework and creativity is a priority in the personalized teaching system which, by not grading with numbers, avoids competition between students. It is for a reason that Finland is also recognized for its love and understanding of reading and that the Oddi Central Library in Helsinki won the award for Public Library of the Year 2019.
If to this feature is added the security of living in Finland, one of the least corrupt countries in the world, a culture that translates into its streets where people can walk peacefully, without fear of being robbed, we could come to understand why, Again, Finland is the happiest country in the world.
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Things you didn’t know about traditional Spanish weddings
Here we leave you 8 things you didn’t know about traditional Spanish weddings:
The tradition of wedding rings was born in the year 2800 BC when the Egyptians exchanged rings in their marriage rituals since, for them, the circle of the ring represented the beginning and the end for what it meant eternity in their love.
In 1775 it was decreed that any marriage will be annulled if the bride wore makeup during the ceremony. Can you imagine what today would be like if makeup was not allowed to get married?
The wedding march
The wedding march characterizes the bride’s entrance and her walk to the altar accompanied by her father. The first time this Wagner melody was played, was in 1858 when Princess Victoria played it during her ceremony.
Surely you did not know that it is called “Honeymoon” because before the newlyweds drank honey wine during an entire cycle, the moon’s 28 days after the wedding.
The engagement ring
In 860 AD, Pope Nicholas decrees that the engagement ring is mandatory for anyone who wants to get married. It is worn on the ring finger because of the old belief that the vein in that finger reaches the heart.
The white wedding dress
In 1499 it was the first time that someone married in white and it was Anne of Great Britain. However, it was until 1840 that Queen Victoria wore a white silk dress and that is when the tradition began.
The bride on the left
Did you know why the bride should go to the left of the man in the ceremony? This is because it was formerly said that men needed their right hand free to fight with the other suitors of the bride.
Wedding gifts became a tradition in the 16th century. When someone married in France, rich people gave gold and precious stones and poor people gave lace and ribbon knots that were “love knots.”
THE SPANISH WEDDING PARTY!
The Spaniard quickly gets into party mode after the wedding ceremony. Newlyweds should traditionally sit at the head table, with their parents usually at their side.
During the meal, most newlyweds follow the custom of circulating their guest’s tables, distributing wedding favors. The usual items are mini-bottles of wine or a cigar for the men, while the ladies usually have a few small gifts of wedding cookies, ceramic glasses, or fans.
At this time, the couple receives gifts from the attendees – usually money in special envelopes or some fun game to access the money. Many Spanish couples currently send their bank details with their invitations so that this custom can be lost little by little!
There are no speeches during Spanish wedding meals – perfect if you want to sample delicious Spanish cuisine and vibrant company! After lunch, the party begins, with singing, dancing, and games. A traditional folk game that still appears a lot in modern weddings is the tradition of cutting the groom’s tie and selling the pieces as a token of luck to guests.
Music is also important and it is common to listen to romantic songs, passionate melodies from a Spanish guitar, or modern songs. When the newlyweds begin their first dance, the Spanish tradition is for guests to gather around them to form them to dance inside.
Steps to learn the basics of Japanese culture
Visit your library
Borrow books are dedicated to Japanese culture, customs, and language. Most libraries also allow people to borrow informational DVDs. Look for popular Japanese productions, or put out educational films about Japanese culture. You can also ask the library for self-learning tutorial videos, in which case you are interested in learning the Japanese language.
Take a college course
Enroll in one or two courses that teach the Japanese language, in addition to its culture and history. Many institutions also offer cultural clubs. Ask a teacher in the language department of any Japanese cultural club. This will allow you to make friends with other Japanese culture students, and it will provide you with a more personalized way of learning about the culture.
Contact a pen pal
If you cannot take a college course and prefer a more private way to learn about Japanese culture, consider having a pen pal. A pen pal will allow you to write to a student or someone else from Japan. By having a pen pal, you can learn about the culture from someone who knows it well. Ask questions about the types of food they eat, religion, what a typical day is like, their educational system, and family traditions.
Cook popular Japanese foods
Rice plays an important role in the Japanese diet, especially around the fall season, when the rice is ripe and offers a sweet and delicate flavor. Mushrooms, fruits, fish, and vegetables are also staples in the Japanese diet. To add to the cultural experience, enjoy your meal listening to popular Japanese music, and eat your meal with chopsticks. If you have friends and others in Japan, ask them to show you how to make authentic dishes.
The Japanese are very traditional if you travel to Japan to follow their customs or it can be a very negative gesture on your part.
Customs of Japanese culture
This complex culture is also very creative and in continuous development. Many Japanese customs were formed at the beginning of the new millennium or even in recent years.
Who would have thought that the proud and reserved Japanese people celebrated real “nudity festivals”? In the long list of Japanese traditions, the Hadaka Matsuri immediately catches the eye, a city festival born in Okayama (but today also celebrated in many other cities of the country) that you will find mentioned in all the books on Japanese culture.
Thousands of men flock to this extravagant matsuri in the street, wearing only the typical Japanese loincloth (called fundoshi). However, the most loyal participants in this historic celebration will show up completely naked. In many cases, nudity in Japan is not a symbol of shame or vulgarity but a sacred tradition.
Participation in the event is not for obvious reasons extended to the female public, who can safely observe and celebrate on the road’s side. The numerous naked men will carry out loud and noisy parades are carrying large floats through the city’s streets. The evening’s main event will be the designation of the Shin Otoko, literally “the real man” or “the divine man.” This character will be completely naked and surrounded by all the other men who will try to touch or touch him, as it is said that contact with the Shin Otoko brings immense luck.
The super-technological toilets
Spending time in the bathroom every day is undoubtedly inevitable, so why not make these moments more comfortable? Japan is the country that has ever made the most sophisticated changes to the simple toilets we are all used to, up to the point of creating real “smart toilets.” For a long time present in Japanese homes, these technological bathrooms have also been present for many years in public places, first of all, bars and restaurants.
Seeing is believing! These futuristic bathrooms have a keyboard with many buttons on the side, each with a specific function. Among the most common are:
Okunoshima: the island of rabbits
Japan is very rich in islands characterized by unspoiled nature: perfect habitats for rare species of plants and animals. Among these little corners of paradise, one of those that appear most often on the web is Okunoshima, the island of rabbits.
The small island is located in the eastern part of the Sea of Japan and as the name suggests, it is inhabited by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam its forests, roads, and tourist trails. That’s right, these cute little animals are very friendly (a very rare feature for rabbits, usually rather shy), to the point that they often follow tourists hopping briskly in the hope of getting something to nibble on.
The capsule hotels
The capsule hotels are now present in all major cities in Japan, and year after year, there are more and more appreciated both by locals and tourists. At about half the cost of a normal hotel, you can stay in one of these extravagant structures where instead of normal hotel rooms, you will find “niches” (or capsules). Be careful before eliminating them regardless of your travel plans: the inside of the niches is much more comfortable than you might think!
The hotel will provide your capsule of new and clean sheets every day and all niches are also equipped with an internal light, an alarm clock, radio, and television. Many hotels have been further modernizing in recent years, introducing safes, power sockets to recharge phones, and Wi-Fi connection inside the capsules.
Andalusia lives with fervor all the religious manifestations, which end up turning into great festivals full of color and spirituality. There is an old custom called “wakefulness” that many couples are currently recovering. What does it consist of? You may be wondering. In placing a large veil over the shoulders of the groom and the head of the bride in order to express the point of union of the couple after the religious ceremony.
Another original custom of this Autonomous Community that is spreading to other regions of Spain is that of pins. According to tradition, during the banquet, the bride should place a pin on the dress of the unmarried guests with the ornament down and without securing. If the guest loses the pin during the party, it means that she will soon find a husband. Instead, married guests are pinned face up, so that they do not get lost, so that they are lucky in their marriage. Today, pins are part of the wedding guest gifts couples demand for their big day.
“Vaqueiras” weddings are typical of this community. It is a very old celebration that includes concerts and traditional dances, and it is celebrated on the last Sunday of July in the Alto de Aristébano, between the councils of Valdés and Tineo. It is a festival of tourist interest and many visitors come to witness this peculiar tradition.
Castilla y León
Traditionally, the bride came to the church in an ox-drawn cart. Today there are few married couples who follow this tradition, which is only celebrated in small rural towns. In addition, at the exit of the church, there is an arch with flowers that the couple goes through once they are married.
One of the most precious traditions of Catalan weddings is the custom of the groomsman reading a verse to the bride –written by himself–, while also handing over the natural bridal bouquet with which he will attend the wedding. Groomsmen who have difficulty writing their own verses can turn to traditional poems or draw inspiration from the lyrics of the best romantic wedding songs.
The reading of the verse is usually carried out, before the ceremony, in the place where the bride has prepared, once already perfect in her mermaid-style wedding dress and surrounded by her more direct family and friends. The verses usually have an emotional touch and speak of an anecdote related to the love story of the couple or with memories shared by family and friends, in which the bride is the protagonist.
Likewise, and unlike other Autonomous Communities, in Catalonia, the wedding band is placed on the left hand.
Valencians cannot end any party without their traditional fireworks, which warns the surroundings that a great celebration is taking place. It is usually done when the groom leaves the house to go to the church. Another curious custom is that the bride unveils her dress the day before the wedding to her friends and family, leaving, of course, the groom on the sidelines.
Traditionally, the groom’s brother led the wedding procession to the church carrying a “fish market”, an iron one meter long and the thickness of a finger, with a hilt similar to that of swords. In the past, loaves and the hindquarters of a goat were nailed to this rod, adorned with flowers and colored ribbons, which were placed to the right of the bride and groom during mass, in order to attract fertility to the couple.
Galicia is a gastronomic paradise and its weddings are famous for the good quality of their cuisine, rich in local products. During the aperitif, bagpipe music is usually listened to, and sometimes a pulpero is hired. Also, during the party, some bride and groom choose to include the conxuro da queimada , which serves to attract good luck and delights the guests. Without a doubt, a fun wedding idea.
The dowry custom was fundamental in traditional Basque weddings and involved a whole ritual in which family and friends drove the bride in cars, with all their trousseau, to the groom’s house. The arrangement of the drive on the cars was encoded with a symbolic language shared by the community. The head of the car was dominated by the spinning wheel and the spindle, and in the tail was the mirror. In the center and high, the bed, four wool mattresses and pillows, and under them the bride’s ark with sheets and shirts for the groom, including the elegant bib that would look at the wedding.
There are many regions in which it is tradition to bring eggs to the Poor Clares so that the wedding day is good weather. In addition, in Castilla la Mancha all the close family of the bride accompanied her to church until a few years ago. And in Murcia, the banquet was held at the bride’s house and could last up to two days. In the treat, they could not miss the mantecados.
Also note that many other traditions are related to songs for weddings, which include folk music. Now that you know better the wedding customs of our country, you only have to decide if you are going to include any of these original traditions in your link. If this is the case, do not forget to communicate it with your wedding invitations. It will be a unique link!
Advantages of secondary glazing
What does depression entail?
Depression, which at times is referred to as a major depressive disorder, is a condition which affects the mental health. When it becomes severe, it is normally classified as a mental illness which is very severe. When you have it, it will affect the normal way you feel, act and think.
Those who suffer from depression normally feel worthless, guilty, and sad. They tend to have less interest in activities which once excited them and might end up engaging in things which are worthless and without a purpose. There are some depressions which can affect the way you sleep, eat, and make you make those around you to feel depressed too.
Why is Depression Considered Dangerous?
The worst problem in regard to depression is that you cannot sweep into the carpet and think that it will go away. It is possible that you stay depressed for several months or even quite a number of years without the hope of recovery.
Depression can be classified as mild or severe and it can decrease your quality of life. When you are depressed, it can make even a task which you normally do with ease, to become too difficult for you. That is what could make life unbearable. You could end up in a state of being which is worse, which in the process, will bring crazy things into your mind including suicidal thoughts.
There is no cure-all for depression but there are various ways in which you can be able to alleviate it.
How does Kratom help in depression?
When your brain becomes depressed, it stops producing enough dopamine and serotonin which are chemicals whose purpose is for motivation and well-being. And that is the reason why, when you are depressed, you feel like you don’t have the will to do anything including living. There are people who cannot even get out of bed and do some small walking whenever they are depressed.
According to Lpath.com on kratom, kratom for depression is capable of sending some positive signals to the receptors of your brain and thus, help in elevating your mood. Kratom contains alkaloids with mitragynine being one of them. It is the one which changes the chemistry of the brain and ensures that all symptoms of depression are blocked together with any related pain.
After you have consumed kratom for depression, it might not be hard for you to focus on simple day to day tasks. It tends to enhance concentration, improves appetite, and it makes you feel like going out and socializing with others. It makes you function much better.
Using Kratom for the sake of depression
When talking about the use of kratom to handle depression, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has some magic in it. It is going to help people who are depressed to feel much better. Most of the reviews online tend to prove that, those who used it got dramatic improvement.
It is important to know how to use the kratom correctly when using it for depression. Remember that, you are different from that person who used a certain dosage and got relief. Here are things which you need to take into consideration before you embark on taking kratom for the purpose of relief of depression.
Random guest posts
This is one mistake you don’t want to make. Not every backlink would help with your site’s SEO. Creating a backlink like that would pretty much be a waste of your time and effort, both of which could have been invested in something more productive. Only make guest posts on sites that have content related that that contained on your site, so as to obtain relevant backlinks.
Low ranking sites
If guest posts are what you look for, you are most likely looking to improve your site. Low ranking sites hardly help in this aspect, so it’s better to stay away. If you get the chance to go for a bigger site, go for it. When guest posting is concerned, bigger is mostly better.
Unclear specifics of the negotiation
Since guest blogging cannot really occur without an agreement between two parties, in this case, you and the host, negotiations are usually made. Unclear specifics are an easy way of getting cheated out of the complete benefit of the deal. When negotiating, make sure to include all the benefits you hope to get from the guest post and that the host also does the same. This way, when you come to an agreement, the terms are already clear.
Now that that is out of the way, here are three tips for creating the perfect guest post.
Tips for effective guest posting
Know the why behind your guest post
This is very important. The reason behind making a guest post would definitely affect what sort of post you would be making and what sort of host website you would be looking for.
Keep your eyes open
Sometimes, you might not even go hunting for sites to host your posts, they might come to you. All you need is how to recognize them. There are several websites known to regularly host guest posts. Keep an eye on such websites, and you might just hit the jackpot without even trying. Make sure, that you visit, www.BigGuestPosting.com for more information go to the website.
Don’t forget to search
You shouldn’t always sit down a wait though. If you really need the benefit of that backlink, then go out there and start searching. Social media is a good place to start. Search for bloggers and hosts and start connecting. Make your offer known to them and you might just get your post.
Finally, it does you a lot of good when you have a sample post ready to show potential hosts, so start writing that pitch. With that and the rest of the other tips here, you’re on your way to getting the most you can from your guest posts. Go easy on your site links, and for heavens never include any affiliate links to irritate the readers. You Make a sure visit to, www.BigGuestPosting.com for more information.
Shout Aloud to the Audience
Never make the audience feel burdened to reach you. Don’t sound you are just here to promote the brand or business. Connecting with the right set of the target audience is equally important. A string bio and great content are the two ways. We already discussed great content. The other can be your impactful bio. Keep the bio short and specifically point to the call to action. This will make people read that information and build a brand for you.
You really want the reader to get to you. Not the other way around. You can also link your landing page and that will help you to close the deal and make the process easier. But make sure it’s just once in the entire post. Don’t start begging. And make sure your landing page is really attractive once they are there they don’t leave. Make sure, your website has a good number of visitors and once you have that then things will be much better for you.
Introduction to green juice
For most people who are dealing with weight gain issues or for those who are trying hard to keep up with a healthy diet, chances are that you may have heard of green juice, or that you are most probably already using it. Green juice is technically made from various vegetables and fruits which act as the ingredients and you can choose the ones to use and which to leave out. The vegetable ingredients for green juice are the likes of spinach, kales, cucumbers, parsley, coriander, ginger, turmeric amongst many others. You can include bitter herbs, or fruits like lemon and apples.
One of the best things about this type of juice is that you get to choose from a variety of ingredients and make your ideal choice of green juice. You can easily prepare one at home by blending the most available and convenient ingredients to you, whether fresh out of the market or a vegetable garden. You also have the choice of getting ready made juice from the stores, or one that is powdered for dilution purposes. You can basically read more about organifi and while at it you will come across the most recommended ingredients you can use for an effective green juice recipe.
Don’t even want to get started about the loads of benefits that come with green juice because you will be surprised at how many they are and how greatly your body can benefit from each of them in a significant way. People take this drink for various reasons and the ones that stand out mostly is the need to lose some weight and the need to stick to a healthy diet for the goodness of the body. Whichever reason you may have to start using green juice, just know that it will deliver for you, all you have to do is make it a routine drink, and purpose to blend it on your own using fresh ingredients rather than getting ready made from the stores because chances are they have been stripped off a good percentage of all the important nutrients in bid to preserve them for long and make them tastier.
Benefits of making green juice a routine drink
When it comes to addressing the benefits of green juice, you will be in awe at how much this magical juice is able to make you achieve in reference to health benefits. This is as a result of the nutrients present in various vegetables ingredients used to prepare this juice. Let us look at some of those benefits which you can also read widely about if you read more about organifi.