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The Most Romantic Wedding Traditions from Around the World: Germany, Russia & Ireland

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If you’d like to add a slice of your heritage to your wedding ceremony, you’re not alone. Millions of couples are embracing their ancestry and choosing to incorporate some of the best traditions from around the world in their ceremonies here at home. Here are some of the most interesting wedding traditions you might find if you attended a wedding in Germany, Russia or Ireland. If you or your family are from one of these countries, why not try adding some phrases from your ancestor’s native tongue in your wedding vows for a truly memorable touch!

Germany

To fund her future wedding, when a baby girl is born in Germany, several trees are planted and tended throughout her childhood. When she is to be married, the trees are sold to pay for her wedding and to act as a dowry. To help defray costs of a honeymoon, friends and family of the wedding couple will make a newspaper or newsletter featuring pictures and articles about the couple’s youth. This newsletter is sold at the wedding.

A German wedding can last up to three days. There is first a civil ceremony, then the following day is a traditional ceremony. Finally on the third day is a religious ceremony. Guests bring old dishes to the second night’s party to break, and the couple sweeps them up. This symbolizes that their home will never be broken.

As the wedding couple leaves the church, they throw coins to the children who have attended. A customary tradition is for the best man to steal the bride and take her to a local […]

Top 10 Health Benefits Of Infrared Saunas

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The traditional saunas of the past relied on maintaining very high temperatures by splashing water on hot stones. Today, modern saunas, better known as far infrared saunas, surround the user with far infrared heat panels. These panels are more effective at warming your core and can be plugged into any wall outlet at home. With less frequent trips to the doctor’s office and only an additional $4.00 a month to your electric bill, infrared saunas have fast become a standard option when purchasing a new home or upgrading to your existing home. The health benefits and research are growing daily. Here are the top 10 benefits our research has found:

1) LOOSE WEIGHT

Weight loss is one of the benefits of using an FIR (Far Infrared) sauna each day for only 20-40 minutes. Fat becomes water-soluble at a temperature of 100 F° before it begins to dissolve and enter the bloodstream to be removed from the body. In an FIR sauna, fat is removed through sweat. Many people who have unsuccessfully attempted weight loss through conventional dieting will be pleased with the fat-burning results of an FIR sauna. Often the inability to lose weight is associated with chemical toxicity. As these toxins are removed from the body while using the FIR sauna, weight loss naturally follows. FIR saunas are the ONLY natural, healthy way to burn calories without exercising.

Use of a FIR sauna has a cumulative effect on the body; that daily use magnifies its benefits. Your first experience in an FIR sauna will be a pleasant one. After several days and then weeks, […]

Type 2 Diabetes – Does Air Pollution Raise the Risk of Pregnant Women Developing Diabetes?

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Air pollution has often been linked with Type 2 diabetes in both adults and children. Could it have long-ranging effects on a fetus? According to the journal Environment International, this could well be the case. In May 2017, the publication reported on a study released by the Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, and several other research centers in Belgium.

The Hasselt University study included 590 infants. Cord blood – the baby’s blood at birth, showed the highest insulin levels corresponded with the highest levels of small particles called PM10 and PM2.5. There was no relationship between insulin and NO2. The investigators speculated elevated levels of polluting particles in the blood while the baby is in the womb could lead to sugar intolerance and Type 2 diabetes later in life.

1. PM10 particles are 10 microns wide, or about 1/7th of the width of a human hair. They include pollen, dust, and mold spores.

2. PM2.5 particles are 2.5 microns in width. These particles are about 3 percent, as wide as a human hair and can be seen only with an electron microscope. They include smoke, organic molecules, and metals.

Some particles range between PM2.5 and PM10. They are released into the air by…

  • vehicles burning fuel and stirring up dust,
  • forest fires,
  • burning wood and paper in homes,
  • some agricultural operations,
  • industry,
  • burning fuel,
  • grinding metal,
  • crushing materials,
  • organic chemical processes.

The particles are small enough to be inhaled into our lungs where they enter the bloodstream and proceed throughout the rest of our body. According to the American Diabetes Association, several studies have shown links between air pollution and diabetes…

  • in Denmark over 51,000 […]

English Is The Language Of International Communication

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From the point of view of Educational Commission, English has become the “language of international communication”, therefore, the rising generation of French people should be fluent in French in written and oral forms. This suggests that the format of the educational systems of different countries is drastically revised, and bets are placed on the in-depth study of the English language. This decision of the French government and representatives of the French educational sector is also caused by disappointing statistic data: France ranks the last among the other European countries by to the level of English proficiency among students, and prospects to move in this direction are disappointing, grim, after analysis, the French concluded that even Spaniards, previously considered to be the most backward European nation in terms of language knowledge and proficiency in English, have overtaken the French people in the context of the overall “Anglicization”.

Teaching English is conditioned by the need to meet global standards, that would control the run of the global trend towards generally accepted civilization standards. Globalization of the world community in all areas of development requires the active use of the English language in all areas of cooperation between countries. Active exchange of students, migration flow of labour migrants indicate to establishment of single and convenient communication between all nations, diplomats, religions. The English language firmly established itself in educational, scientific and cultural development of the whole mankind.

For some time past, the greater part of the world community was convinced that the past Franco-English language war ended half a century ago – after the World War II, when […]

The Importance of Learning Chinese As a Second Language

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There is a growing desire world-wide to understand the sometimes misunderstood country of China and benefit from studying the most widely spoken language in the world. More and more people both young and old are learning the language to increase business opportunities and for personal reasons. In fact, quite a few prominent individuals have decided to learn Chinese and broaden their horizons. Among them are former Australian Prime minister, Kevin Rudd; the U.S. President Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama and the successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg. They all chose to study Chinese as their second language. The study of the language opens the doorway to a variety of important fields including Chinese politics, history, economy and other business opportunities.

In 2010, 750,000 people from around the world took the Official Chinese Proficiency Test. The individuals who began studying the language were very diverse, varying in both industries and backgrounds. There is a huge growth worldwide in the number of non-Chinese, heritage people learning Mandarin. In fact, recently President Obama announced a new initiative aimed at having 1 million American school children learn Mandarin Chinese over the next five years. The Chinese economy is quickly becoming the world’s largest economy once again, which makes it crucial for Westerners to better understand Chinese culture, and prepare American students to deal with China in future jobs.

Obama announced the new initiative while standing aside Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said 2016 “will be a year of tourism between China and the United States.” He said 50,000 students will participate in an exchange program between the two countries within the next […]