Many holidays we have now come from the ancient Roman celebrations. Everything began with respect to gods and goddesses, nature and other things which human life depended on. There were many pagan holidays some of which we are going to learn about.
There was a holiday which influenced Christmas and it was called Yule. Back then people believed that the Sun was a kind of a wheel which encouraged the change of seasons. The holiday was celebrated in the middle of winter when people could see the north-lights. People lit special logs, drank ale and told different tales. The lights were to win the devil and daemons. (далее…)
All of us love holidays and most of us are used to celebrating Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, Easter, New Year and other traditional holidays. However, there are many celebrations which we have never heard of and which are unusual for us.
For example, in Thailand, there is Lopburi Monkey Buffet. This holiday is celebrated on the last weekend of November and yes, there are monkeys there! Every year residents of Lopburi bring food to this festival to treat primates with various delicious snacks. This is not just an unusual party, but the way villagers deal with monkeys who have always been greedy for food and have stolen some treats from people. (далее…)
A famous proverb states that “all roads lead to Rome”, in fact, once you get there, you do not want to leave it anymore. This amazing ancient city charms you once and forever. Here are some interesting facts about it in addition to the basic ones you already know.
There are 280 fountains and 900 churches in Rome nowadays. Impressive, isn’t it? Obviously, you will not be able to see them all in one trip. So, if you still do not have a good reason to travel to Rome every time you have a vacation, here it is.
Romans let cats live wherever they want. It is true because once you enter the Colosseum, you will see many wild cats there! The majority of Italians are dog lovers and have at least one but more often two of them at home. And you will not see homeless dogs, but cats – every time! (далее…)
What do you know about Paris? You have definitely heard about the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Disney Land. Probably you have heard something about the romantic atmosphere of the city, exquisite cuisine, croissant, and baguette. However, Paris is much more than that and there are things which no one has told you. But we will. (далее…)
As we all know, London is the capital of Great Britain, the residence of the royal family and one of the most visited cities in the world. Many of us dream of travelling to London and today we will find some reasons why this city is must visit.
Firstly, London is home to the world’s most famous tourist attractions. They include the London Eye, the Madame Tussaud’s museum, Big Ben, the Buckingham Palace, and many others. It will be amazing to finally see all these and many other famous locations of British capital you have read a lot about. (далее…)
What is the ozone layer?
The ozone layer is 20-50 kilometers above the surface of the Earth. Ozone is a special form of oxygen. The majority of molecules of atmospheric oxygen consist of two atoms. Ozone’s molecule in its turn consists of 3 atoms of oxygen. It derives from the sunlight activity.
Danger and utility of the ozone layer (далее…)
Surprisingly, the problem of global warming though having a strong effect on society still remains a mystery for many people. On the internet, you can read both about dreadful catastrophes caused by global warming and about the fact that this phenomenon is not that bad or even that it is just a myth.
The belief that there is no global warming exists thanks to the myth that even scientists have not come to an agreement about it. However, there is not any dissidence about this issue among specialists. The warming is an accepted fact and there are not any doubts about its reasons. 97-98% of researchers are sure that the changes in climate are caused by human activity. (далее…)
What are tropical rainforests?
Tropical rainforests are located in hot and wet places close to the Equator. Trees and plants in such forests can have different sizes. Rainforests consist of four different layers: the emergent (the layer of the highest trees), the canopy, the understorey (low cover) and forest soil. (далее…)
Yoga has been a part of my life for more than five years now. It is not a sport, even though it keeps my body toned and makes me feel healthier and stronger. For me yoga is much more than flexibility and strength.
It helps me to adjust my thoughts, control emotions and concentrate better. Without yoga, I have strong feelings on everything even not very serious problems and situations. To put it simpler, this hobby improves the quality of my life because it has a positive impact on my mind which in its turn affects all other aspects of my life. (далее…)
All families have their own traditions even if most of them fail to realize that. Such families don’t want to make a display of having traditions and don’t take them too seriously. Others in their turn are proud of their special heritage and pass it down through the generations very carefully.
As for my family, we have some traditions but don’t pay too much attention to them. They just exist naturally in our life. For example, we have a family recipe for the cake “Napoleon”. This dessert is rather popular all over the world but our version of it is different from the classic one. (далее…)