European Cultural Blog
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.