Easter is one of the major festivals in the Christian calendar, but every year it is celebrated on the new date. It is a so called moveable feast and its date is calculated according to the moon calendar. The date for celebration is on the Sunday following the paschal full moon. It is a full moon that is on or after the spring equinox. This holiday should obviously take place on a Sunday, because it was the day of Christ’s Resurrection. As the paschal full moon can come upon different days in different time zones and the Orthodox Church doesn’t use the same date every year. Also you shouldn’t forget that Western Christians use the Gregorian calendar, while Eastern keep on using the older Julian calendar. Read more
One of the most popular religious holidays celebrated all over the globe is Easter. In Russia the majority of people are Eastern Orthodox Christians and maybe your pretty mail order bride too. This year the feast falls on April 15. The mass in the church starts on the Saturday midnight and lasts for the whole night. Usually people bring there baskets with food for blessing. Traditionally for this special festival are prepared special dishes: kuliches (Easter cakes), paskhas and, of course, colored eggs. Traditionally they should be red, symbolizing Jesus Christ’s blood, but nowadays people decorate eggs in multiple colors. Read more
One day soon I will visit London to see Big Ben and Oxford Street!
Is there any person in the world who has never heard about London’s Big Ben? But what do you know about this magnificent clock?
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and is usually regarded as the symbol of London. It is the biggest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower all over the globe. The clock building was finished on April 10, 1858, but only on the May 31, 1859, Big Ben rang for the first time over London. Its frame is made of cast iron and the clock faces are a gigantic – 23 feet (7 meters) in diameter. Read more
“God is a gentleman. He prefers blondes.” – Joe Orton
Since 2003 all the magnificent, fascinating, charming, poised, passionate and romantic blondes have their own holiday on May 31 – the International Blonde Day! In 2006 was organized the famous award “Brilliant stiletto heel” and only the most gorgeous, wealthy, well-known, fascinating and successful blondes can win this luxurious prize at the International Blonde Day. Numerous brilliant blond actresses, stars, sportswomen and businesswomen try to achieve it and get the name of the best “blonde from the blondes”. Read more
“A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer.” – Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Tobacco has awful negative health effects, which usually lead to death. Tobacco is a product of the fresh leaves of nicotiana plants. At first it was used only as an assist in spiritual rituals and a recreational medicine. It was invented in America and was brought to Europe by Jean Nicot in 1559. It quickly became a very popular and a significant trade crop. Later in 1900s, medical researches found out that tobacco enhances the likelihood of many diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, emphysema and numerous forms of cancer. On May 15, 1987, the World Health Organization passed a decree, calling to establish the World No Smoking Day on April 7, and on May 17, 1989, it passed a new resolution, which established May 31 as an annual World No Tobacco Day. Read more
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA.” – Lee Greenwood
After the Civil War, along with other holidays, in 1971 President Richard Nixon affirmed the Memorial Day a national holiday on the last Monday in May. It is a day on which Americans honor the dead.
On the Memorial Day are held special ceremonies in cemeteries and at monuments for the war dead to honor the men and women who have died in wars and in the service of their native country. Members of the armed forces shoot a rifle salutation in the air. It is a day of reflection. Read more
On December 11, 2002, the United Nations General Assembly established a new holiday the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This holiday was celebrated for the first time on May 29, 2003. It is not a public holiday, but is observed all across the globe. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers pays praise to all the men and women who served and keep on serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, devotion and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. Read more
“Chemistry can be a good and bad thing. Chemistry is good when you make love with it. Chemistry is bad when you make crack with it.” – Adam Sandler
All people lie to celebrate festivals and there are lots of holidays in Russia, a number of them are dedicated to honor various professions and one of them is the Day of the Chemists, annually held on the last Saturday of May. It is a famous and loud holidays that has a great number of time-honored traditions and customs. Each year the Day of the Chemists is connected with one of the elements from Mendeleev’s table. This day unites students, postgraduates, professors and alumni of different generations. Read more
“There is such a profession: to defend your Motherland”
Online dating is an excellent way for singles from all across the world to find their second halves. But in this case you are thousands miles away from your beloved mail order bride, divided by several countries and numerous borders. And every country pays lots of efforts to defend its borders. The guarantee of one country’s wellbeing is the strength of boundaries, which are protected by frontiersmen. In Russia there is a special professional holiday for these courageous soldiers – the Day of Frontiersman in the Frontier Tollgate, celebrated annually on May 28. Read more
“The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.” – Hubert H. Humphrey
For some people neighbors are a real disaster, others become best friends for the rest of their lives or at least until one of these families move to another city. Are you satisfied with your neighbors? Even if not, today is the time to forget about all strives and quarrels and to celebrate the European Neighbors Day. Everyone and everything has neighbors: people animals, cities, countries, planets, stars… the list is endless! We all are neighbors living on the Earth. Read more