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Today I celebrate my Irish heritage. I wish a happy Saint Paddy's Day to all people of Irish descent! May the Irish luck never abandon you! =)


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Today I celebrate my Irish heritage. I wish a happy Saint Paddy's Day to all people of Irish descent! May the Irish luck never abandon you! =)


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To all fellow Irish folks I say, Happy St. Patrick's Day! =)

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Mar. 20th, 2012 09:38 pm
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Today is Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

Nowruz was originally a Zoroastrian festival marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox.

On the day when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalises night and day, Iranian families gather together to observe the ancient rituals.

A great song )
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It is again that time of the year! Christmas/Yule is coming and the snow helps create just the right atmosphere. Yule is one of the biggest events in Iceland, although maybe it is very different from what you might expect. In Iceland, Yule has still a lot to do with old pre-Christian tradition. Of course, even despite the crisis, people like to go shopping like crazy at Ikea and embark on gargantuan eating marathons, but they also like to observe the old traditions, even if these might be are a bit scary... And what can be older and scarier than those crazy Christmas-ish trolls that are the 13 Icelandic Santas, also known as the Yule Lads? =)



There are actually 13 Santas! )
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Skansens julmarknad är en obruten tradition sedan 1903 och nu är det äntligen dags igen. På Skansen finns den sanna julstämningen bland marknadsstånd som dignar av godsaker, svenskt hantverk och förstås, de omåttligt populära hemliga julklappspaketen.

Snön faller och julstämningen är på topp! =)
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Today I celebrate my Irish heritage. I wish a happy Saint Paddy's Day to all people of Irish descent! May the Irish luck never abandon you! =)

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Today is the 100th anniversary since the first time the International Woman's Day was observed (it was called International Working Woman's Day back in 1911). It will be observed in many countries around the world through various events.

Women have walked a long road since then, and have achieved a lot. Today in most democratic societies women participate in all aspects of social life alongside men. They are an integral part of politics too. In other places, there is still a lot to be desired. We shouldn't forget the issues of women's rights, which are essentially human rights. And today is a good opportunity to raise more awareness and remind about them.

To all women, I say happy Woman's Day! And here is hoping that in 100 years, humankind would be able to look back and say it has achieved twice and more as much on gender equality as it has until now.
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It took a long time for the bisexual people to have their voice heard in the western culture. Unfortunately there is still a lot to be desired regarding their situation in other parts of the world. One could say the high heels and disco globes gave a push to the bi movement. Although bi communities existed even before that (as well as actor communes and swinger groups) but they were mostly related to the sexual liberation ideology and were orientated to the heterosexual majority. The 70's brought more clarity on the issue of bisexuality, thanks to the support of the gay community and their later differentiation from the apparent confusion and ambiguity of bisexuality.

The LGBT communities felt that the bisexuals were holding off the "liberty movement" by trying to stand with one foot in the "right way". The 80's saw the creation of the first political organisations defending the interests of the LGBT community. Nowadays the modern bisexual movement focuses on the protection of the rights of transsexual people and other gender minorities. While fighting against bi-phobia on two fronts at the same time - against the animosity existing in both the "normal" and gay community, the modern bisex movement proved to be an important instrument for the fight against sexual intolerance in general.

My opinion.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO MY DADDY!!!
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Today I celebrate my Irish heritage. I wish a happy Saint Paddy's Day to all people of Irish descent! May the Irish luck never abandon you! =)

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Saint Paddy's Day is a wonderful excuse to dress up and drink. Cape Town will be celebrating it in a few Irish Pubs such as The Dubliner and O'Driscolls (the old Catu) and other places. I think I know where I am going this evening, though. There will be live Irish music at Quay Four in the Waterfront...

Actually you don't necessarily have to be of Irish descent in order to use the occasion to get drunk and have some fun. =)

There is a lot one could actually learn from the Irish when it comes to hard partying. When the Irish government declared St. Patrick's Day a mandate to celebrate themselves in the mid 90s, they extended a national tradition into a 5 day festival. That is a whole working week!!!

In Cape Town, we won't go as far as dyeing our rivers green like they do in Chicago but we do like to don the green and down the draught. Come St. Paddy's day, we definitely agree on the fine art of fun. In case you are a saint, though, here are 10 ways not to have fun on St. Patrick’s Day...

It is even more fun not to have fun on St. Patrick's Day because then everyone can make fun of you! (It is an Irish tradition to make fun of those who do not celebrate.)

So make sure you do not:

1. Uphold the sacred trinity – Dress up, Drink and Dance (in that order).
2. Wear a silly hat and...
3. ...act like a lecherous Leprechaun (or even a naughty snake!) and generally get up to mischief.
4. Consume generous volumes of alcohol (especially not Guinness).
5. Call everyone Paddy, aye, or kiss Barney, stoned (cue the Barney Stone, haha!)
6. Paint your face with shamrocks and hug other revelers repeatedly.
7. "Borrow" green attire from your family, friends or partner in the name of St. Patrick.
8. Frequent any and every venue playing Irish music and have the time of your life.
9. Forget you haven't a clue about all the steps to the Irish jig when you pull your partner to the dance floor.
10. Forget that the day after St. Patrick’s day is a working day. =(

OK, I am kidding, Irish style (except about that last one...) But nevertheless, I shall try these four-leafed clovers to help me celebrate this Irish festival the Cape Town way...

Remember, a stoic "wearing of the green" beats going green from too much stout...

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