Texas – The lone Star State

Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State!
Texas, our Texas! So wonderful so great!”

With these words, the regional anthem of the lone star state begins. And as the song explains, Texas is mighty, wonderful and great. Keep reading to find out why! 

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Texas is in the south-central part of the United Sates. In the south east, the state lies on the Gulf of Mexico. Texas also lies on the Rio Grande. This river separates Texas and Mexico.

Around 30 million people live in Texas. It is the second-most populous U.S. state (after California). 

Texas is also the second the largest state in area (after Alaska).The state covers around (261,231 square miles) (678,052 sq km). It is larger than any country in Europe!

.Texas has many cities. That includes, Houston, Dallas and the capital city of the state, Austin

Look in the history book 

Old traces

Native groups have been living in Texas for Thousands of years. This includes Atakapan, Athabaskan, and caddoan people. These tribes lived in different parts of Texas. Some groups lived by the Red River while others lived along the Gulf Coast

Caddo tribe
Caddo tribe

Six flags ….. Six Countries

In Texas, there’s a theme park called “Six flags ….. Six Countries”.

This is also a famous slogan in the state. As six nations had ruled the Region of Texas.

1. Spain

In the 16th century, Spain was the first European country to rule Texas. The Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were the first European to land in Texas in 1582.  Europeans brought diseases. As a result, many of the indigenous people died.  

Statue of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, Houston TX panoramio
Statue of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, Houston TX panoramio

2. France

In 1685, the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier established a French colony in Texas. France’s control over the area ended in 1690 when Spain took over again.

french explorer rene robert cavelier sieur dela salle
french explorer rene robert cavelier sieur dela salle

3.Mexico

Spain controlled Texas till the 19th century. During that time, Spain also controlled Mexico. In 1808, The Mexican War of Independence began. Mexico won and got its Independence in 1821. As a result, Texas became a part of the new nation.


Mexican war of Independence
Mexican war of Independence

4.The republic of Texas

Many Texans didn’t enjoy life under the Mexican flag. So, they started to fight to get their freedom. They wanted Texas to be a country by itself. The Texas Revolution began in 1835. There were many battles during the revolution such as The Battle of the Alamo. The revolution ended with Texans’ victory and the birth of a new country. It was called “The republic of Texas”.

Flag of Texas
Flag of Texas

5. The United States of America

Many people wanted Texas to be part of the US. On December 29, 1845, U.S. President James K. Polk made Texas the 28th US state. Mexico wasn’t happy about that decision. That led to The Mexican–American War in 1846. America won the war in 1848 and Texas remained an American state.

james k polk
james k polk

6. the Confederate States of America

In 1861, a civil war started in America. Northern states wanted to end slavery while seven southern states, including Texas, refused that movement. As a result, Texas joined the other six states and formed “The Confederate States of America”. The United States won the war in 1865 and Texas became an American state again.

Six flags Flew over Texas, but only the American flag stood the test of time and stayed high over the southern land.

 

 

Tour around the city

1. Big Bend National Park

If you head west in Texas, you will find this mesmerizing 801,163 -acre- park. Big bend was officially a national park on June 12, 1944. It’s a home to many species of plants, mammals, reptiles and birds.

The park took its name from its location. As it lies on a big bend in the Rio Grande River.

Some people enjoy hiking, biking or fishing in the area. While adventure seekers love taking river trips or riding horses there.

Big Bend national Park
Big Bend national Park

2. NASA’s Johnson Space Center

Texas isn’t all about rivers and mountains. The state has gone beyond that….. Way beyond. In 1960s, NASA founded Johnson Space Center in Houston. The center controlled many space missions such as Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo–Soyuz, and Space Shuttle missions. And a lot of astronauts trained there before flying to other worlds.

Visitors can see space crafts, robots and mission control rooms in this awe-inspiring site.

NASA_S Apollo Mission control Room
NASA's Apollo Mission control Room

3. The San Antonio Missions

If you want to take a tour in the history of Texas, you should visit “The five missions”, which lie along the San Antonio River. The missions are (The Alamo, San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada). Spain built these missions which became very popular in the 18th century.

The Alamo is the most famous spot of the five missions. The famous fortress witnessed the Battle of Alamo, which played a vital role in the independence of Texas.

In 2015, UNESCO announced that the sites will join the World Heritage List.

The Alamo
The Alamo

Take a bite

Barbecue Brisket

“Good things come to those who wait”

This saying is true when it comes to barbecue brisket. It could take more than 9 hours to be ready but it’s worth the waiting. Barbecue brisket is one of the most famous dishes in Texas. It’s even considered by some people to be “the National Dish of Texas”

Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. It’s seasoned and slow smoked for hours over wood. Then, the juicy piece of meat is rested and served with sauce, onions and pickles.

barbecue brisket
barbecue brisket

Fun fact about the city

Texan Bugs bunny?!

Tex Avery was the animator who came up with the famous catchphrase “what’s up, Doc?”. The artist said that he got this phrase from his home state, Texas.

Could the most famous rabbit in the world be from Texas? Who knows?

bugs bunny
bugs bunny




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globitopiaAugust 27, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesLearn about countries that inspired some of your favorite Disney movies.  From tales of good and evil to tales of heroes and monsters, Disney has taken our imagination on a journey through giant castles, scary woods, magnificent cities, mountain tops, and beyond the sea to live breathtaking adventures through our home screens. It was every kid’s dream to live happily ever after in the magical land of his favorite Disney movie. But most of those magical lands are actually inspired by real-life locations. Keep reading to learn more about the top 5 real-life locations that inspired some of your favorite Disney movies.  Contents1 Raya and the last dragon – South East Asia 2 Up – Venezuela3 Mulan – China 4 Emperor’s new groove – Peru 5 Encanto – Colombia Raya and the last dragon – South East Asia Raya and the Last Dragon – 2021 Raya the fearless warrior takes us to the kingdom of Kumandra. A kingdom with 5 regions; Fang, Heart, Spine, Talon, and Tail. Together, they form the shape of a dragon. The five regions had these unique south-east Asian sea-style homes, paper lanterns, and rice terraces. However, the land of Fang was the one precisely modeled after Cambodia. You can see that in Angkor Wat Temple. Angkor Wat Temple – Campodia Raya and the Last Dragon-Land of Fang Floating markets in Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia inspired the land of Talon with their boat-riding vendors, bustling energy, various goods, and mouthwatering food. floating markets in Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia floating markets – Raya and the last dragon Up – Venezuela Up – 2009 In this movie, the main character “Mr. Fredericksen” becomes obsessed with reaching “Paradise Falls” which remarkably resembles Angel Falls, Venezuela.  Angel Falls was discovered in 1935 by the US pilot “James Angel” when his plane crashed there, pretty much what happens within the first 10 minutes of the movie. James Angel the discoverer of Angel Falls Angel Falls is home to the world’s largest uninterrupted stream of rushing water on earth. It’s also part of the oldest rock formation in South America’s Guiana Shield, which is 2 billion years old! Angel Falls in Venezuela (L) and the fictional Paradise Falls as seen in Disney’s Up (R) Mulan – China Mulan – 1998 The story of Mulan isn’t a Disney original story. In fact, it’s based on an ancient Chinese poem called: “The Ballad of Mulan”. So it’s no wonder that Disney animators found some inspiration from ancient Chinese locations. The Ballad of Mulan Poem The famous Forbidden City in China stood as the emperor’s palace in the movie. This Chinese palace was home to 24 emperors of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. It was built in the 15th  century by Emperor “Chengzu” of the Ming Dynasty with 9,999 rooms. He said that only the God of heaven can have 10,000 rooms! The Emperor’s palace in Disney’s Mulan vs the Forbidden City in China Emperor’s new groove – Peru Emperor’s new groove – 2000 The spoiled, arrogant, self-centered emperor “Kuzco” had no other place to build his new summer palace but the home of the humble peasant “Pacha”. Disney animators inspired the location for Pacha the peasant hillside home by the famous Machu Picchu in Peru. This movie was loosely based on the Incan empire of South America with the clothes, hairstyles, Architecture, and of course, Lamas. Incans built Machu Picchu in the 15th century in the Cusco region of Peru. No wonder they named the Emperor “Kuzco”. Pacha’s hillside home vs Machu Picchu in Peru. Encanto – Colombia Encanto – 2021 Almost every scene from Encanto was inspired by a magnificent location somewhere in Colombia. This movie literally brought the whole of Colombia to your home screen. However, there is one very magical place in Colombia that was the inspiration for two very pivotal moments in the film; the river didn’t just give the family its magical powers within the mystical candle, but it also witnessed the heart-whelming scene between Mirabel and her grandmother. The movie directors chose Caño Cristales or the Rainbow River for this location and they couldn’t have picked a more magical place as the origin of the magic in Encanto. Caño Cristales in Disney’s Encanto Caño Cristales ــــــ which is directly translated to crystal channel ــــــ is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. It’s noted for its exceptional colors of red, yellow, green, black, and blue; so it’s commonly known as the “five colors river” or the “Liquid Rainbow”.   Some people believe that Caño Cristales is the most beautiful running river on earth! Caño Cristales Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaAugust 13, 2022Globi-seriesOn November 21st, soccer fans will be glued to their TVs to witness the start of The 2022 FIFA World Cup. Till that date, globitopia is going to cover all teams in the big tournament. Let’s take a look at Australia in world cup. Contents1 Pin on the Map2 Sing along3 Wave The Flag4 Fandom5 World Cup history6 Australian Stars7 Fun fact Pin on the Map Australia is one of the seven continents of the world. It’s also an island, (although some experts believe that a continent can’t be an island at the same time, Sorry Aussies). The big country lies south of the equator. That’s why it’s called “The land down under.” Australia covers 7.692 million km² making it the sixth-largest country in the world. It lies on the Pacific and Indian oceans. The nation doesn’t share land borders with any other country. However, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand are Australia’s closest neighbors. Sing along Australians are known to be happy. It’s even written in the first line of their national anthem, “Australians all let us rejoice…..”. The Australian’s national tune is called “Advance Australia Fair.” Peter Dodds McCormick wrote and composed the anthem in 1878. Since that time, the song was modified many times. The last change happened in 2021 when the beginning changed from “Australians all let us rejoice/For we are young and free,” to “For we are one and free”. This adjustment was made to recognize the history of the native groups. Listen to the anthem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9K4ve5pMqI&ab_channel=AusGovDPMC Wave The Flag Britain affected Australia over the years. The British impact can be seen even on the Australian flag. On the left of the flag, you can see the British union flag. There is also a constellation called the Southern Cross. The constellation is a group of stars that form a picture in the sky. The Southern Cross can only be seen from the bottom half of the world! Under the British flag, there is a big star with seven points. These points represent the current six states of Australia and the seventh point is a symbol of future states of the country. Australian Flag Fandom Football isn’t the most popular sport in Australia as there are other sports that dominate big regions in the Continent Such as Aussie Rules, Tennis, and Basketball. But there is no doubt that Football gets a lot of attention from one of the most respectful fans in the world. Aussie fans World Cup history In 2006, Australia had enough with playing playoffs at The OFC (the Oceania Football Confederation) as it couldn’t reach the World cup except once in 1974 when It managed to beat South Korea and appear in the international cup in West Germany. Australia vs Germany World Cup 1974 Ironically, Australia had to wait 32 years for the cup to return to Germany again, this time unified, to reach the finals. Australia proved that it was capable of booking a ticket from the playoffs before leaving the whole continent when it defeated Uruguay. Ever since joining the AFC (The Asian Football Confederation), Australia has managed to reach every world Cup.   Australia’s greatest achievement was in 2006 when it managed to go through the group stage and meet, who was going to become the winner, Italy. Socceroos played a heroic match and was only eliminated by a penalty kick in the 95th minute by Totti. Ever since that match, Australia couldn’t pass the Group stage. Australian Stars The Australian team doesn’t have a lot of stars. Some recognizable names are the goalkeeper Mathew Ryan who currently plays for F.C. Copenhagen in Denmark and the midfielder Aaron Mooy who plays for the Scottish side, Celtic. Fun fact Home of Koalas … camels Australia is famous for its cute Koalas. However, the number of these lovely creatures is declining. In fact, the country has 10 times more camels than koalas! camels in Australia Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaAugust 8, 2022Globi-series / globi-bitesOn November 21st, soccer fans will be glued to their TVs to witness the start of The 2022 FIFA World Cup. Till that date, globitopia is going to cover all teams in the big tournament. Let’s start with Argentina in world cup. Contents1 Pin on the Map2 Sing along3 Listen to the anthem  4 Wave the Flag5 World Cup History6 Argentinean Stars7 Fun fact Pin on the Map Argentina is in the southern half of South America. Argentina is a HUGE country. It’s the second largest country in its continent and the 8th largest country in the whole world. Buenos Aires is the biggest city in Argentina and its capital. Buenos Aires, Argentina Sing along The “Argentine National Anthem” was written by Vicente López y Planes and composed by Blas Parera. It was adopted as the only national anthem of the nation in 1813. Listen to the anthem   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7NJDsUH8ZQ&ab_channel=VocalNationalAnthems Wave the Flag The Argentinean flag has three horizontal stripes. The top and bottom bands are in blue and the middle band is in white. The flag also features “the sun of May” on the white band. The blue and white represent the skies and snow of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. “The sun of May” is a symbol of The May Revolution. This event led to the country’s independence. Flag of Argentina Fandom Argentina’s most popular sport is soccer, with some of the most aggressive fans in the world. It can be enough to watch the derby between Boca Juniors and River Plate to see how crazy the Argentineans can be during soccer matches. Boca Juniros Vs River Plate World Cup History Argentina holds a magnificent history in the world cup with unforgettable memories. Argentina missed only four world cups since it started in 1930. Argentina WON the tournament twice in 1978 and 1986 and came as runner-up three times (1930 – 1990 -2014). Argentina had great generations and legends and probably their best ones were in 1978 and 1986. Argentina won the World Cup twice In 1978, Argentina hosted the competition. The team had a rough start and came second behind Italy in the Group stage after losing to the Italian team, 0-1. But in the second round, they topped the Group over Brazil and went to a tough clash with the Netherlands that went to the extra time before Kempes and Bertoni bring the cup to Buenos Aires. Daniel Bertoni Argentina’s second triumph was distinctive. In 1986, the legend Maradona led Argentina to an astonishing cup, and, strangely, they were put again in the group with Italy but this time they topped the group above the Italians and beat Uruguay in the Final 16 before going to one of the most famous matches versus England. Maradona wrote history just in four minutes when the short genius jumped to touch the ball with the (HAND OF GOD) to go into the English net. Four minutes after that, the crazy Argentinean took the ball and dribbled past 6 English players including the goalkeeper to score one of the most beautiful goals in history. The thrilling Final against West Germany only ended seven minutes before the final whistle with Burruchaga’s goal. After this tournament, it looked like “God” didn’t use his hand with Argentina again as they haven’t been able to win their third title. Maradona’s Hand of God Argentinean Stars Messi For sure, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi on what could be his last dance at the World Cup. Messi is considered by many to be the best footballer of all time and he is one of the most successful athletes in history. Messi will go to the world cup after leading his team to an epic victory at The 2021 Copa América. In that tournament, Messi and his teammates managed to beat the host country, and its historic rival, Brazil. Messi Lautaro Martinez While Messi is about to hang up his boots, Martinez is, without a doubt, at his prime. The 24-year-old striker achieved success with his Italian team, Inter Milan, leading them to the Seria A title in 2021 and the Italian cup in 2022. Martinez’s energy and poaching skills make him lethal in front of the nets. Lautaro Martinez Emiliano Martínez It’s rare to include a goalkeeper as a star of his national team. However, Emiliano Martínez isn’t an ordinary goalkeeper. Martínez’s crazy saves and character played a crucial role in Argentina’s victory at Copa América. Argentina will certainly depend on the special goalie to lead its defense. Emiliano Martínez Di Maria In many countries, there’s a statue of the “Unknown soldier”. This statue usually represents unnamed soldiers who gave it all for their countries. And Di Maria should have this statue in marble if he leads his country one more time to international success. In 2008, the talented player scored his country’s only goal in the final to get a precious gold medal. 13 years later, the veteran scored his country’s only goal again, this time against Brazil to bring Copa América to his country. Will he do it again in Qatar? Di Maria Fun fact The land of extremes Argentina doesn’t know middle ground. The country is home to the highest point in the southern hemisphere (Mount Aconcagua) and the lowest point (Laguna del Carbón). Besides, Argentina recorded the hottest and the coldest temperatures in South America.     Mount Aconcagua Laguna del Carbón Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaMay 26, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesEvery country dreams of getting bigger, better, and more impressive than others. Some countries are destined to have the world’s longest-running river or the highest mountain top, but other countries make their own way to our list through persistence, creativity, and hard work of the people who successfully wrote their names on the pages of history. Keep reading to learn more about Top 5 records from around the world.  Contents1 1. China – The Nation with Most Records2 2. USA – The American Dream3 3. Russia – The Largest and The Most Extraordinary4 4. Taiwan – The Bubbly Record5 5. Canada – A book of kindness 1. China – The Nation with Most Records This fascinating country hasn’t only settled with its highest population on earth or being the home to the world’s longest wall -The Great Wall of China-, but China’s desire for progress has led the country to claim about 100 official Guinness World Records over the years. Many of these were achieved by organizing the most people to carry out a task collectively like applying make-up, playing Mahjong, and dressing as Lara Croft. Largest Mahjong Party – China Yet one of the funniest record-breaking scenes to watch is China’s largest human mattress dominoes; on the 23rd  of July 2016, 2,016 workers stood with mattresses strapped to their backs and started to gradually fall in the way that dominos do. It took 15 minutes till the last participant could fall. The title belongs to Ayd Group, Stylution Int’l Corp; it’s a company that produces and sells ….  mattresses DUH!!! Largest Human Matress Dominos – China 2. USA – The American Dream The United States of America holds many Guinness titles, it’s believed that each of the 50 states has set at least one Guinness record. From the people of Alaska who grew the world’s heaviest cabbage to the Vermont man who managed to catch a grape in his mouth that was dropped from a height of 101 feet; it’s that kind of creative, wild broken records that catches the attention. the world’s largest cabbage – Alaska – USA But in March 2022, one of the most unique automobiles to ever roll had finally been restored and it’s ready to cruise. Jay Ohrberg -the famous car customizer- first built a 60- feet car back in 1986 in Burbank, California. He built the world’s longest car back then and called his masterpiece: The American Dream. Nowadays, the legendary car got stretched to 100 feet breaking the 1986’s record. This car is equipped to suit a king; it roles on 26 wheels with a waterbed, swimming pool, jacuzzi, bathtub, mini-golf course, several TVs, a refrigerator, and can fit more than 75 people! If you think filling up your car tank is bad with those prices, Thank God you’re not driving the American Dream! The American Dream Car – USA 3. Russia – The Largest and The Most Extraordinary From being the largest land on earth as it covers one-tenth of all the land on Earth, to some of the most outstanding records. Russians are truly distinguished with how much talent and effort they put into challenges; remember how fearful it was watching acrobats walking the line in the circus! Your heart would skip a beat every time they take another step on the line. Well, in 2019, a group of slackliners walked a line of more than 1000 feet between two Moscow City skyscrapers at an altitude of 350 meters above ground which is higher than the Eiffel Tower!  Highest urban highline walk – Moscow – Russia Feeling amazed yet? In 2015, a retired 86-year-old Russian teacher managed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest summit in Africa- setting a world record with the oldest lady to climb Kilimanjaro. It wasn’t an easy thing for Angela Vorobeva to put up with the climbing, but she was a worthy competitor for all the young climbers who thought of the harsh conditions and the 4,600-meter altitude as an impossible mission. Age is just a number, right? Angela Vorobeva the oldest lady to climb Kilimanjaro 4. Taiwan – The Bubbly Record Taiwan gives an impressive example of teamwork and collaboration. Most of this country’s records are out of thousands of people who manage to come together to do the same act. 2,496 people broke the record for mass hula hooping, 4,645 young violinists came together to have the largest violin ensemble, 1,303 people forming the largest parade of electric scooters … and the list goes on and on. The Largest Parade of Electric Scooters – Taiwan But a very special individual stood out with just blowing bubbles! Performance artist Su Chung-Tai shows an exquisite talent in how smooth he can control both his hands and breath. And so his name is etched on a variety of amazing bubbly records; he holds the world record for bouncing soap bubbles 424 times, blowing 3,766 bubbles in a single wand dip, and getting 61 bubbles on a paper in one minute. Yet his best catchy performance is blowing 1,339 bubbles inside one large bubble in a single time which broke his previous record of only 779 bubbles inside a large one. His performances are very relaxing and breathtaking to watch, but imagine being the person counting the bubbles! Su Chung-Tai breaking the world record of most bubbles inside one large bubble – Taiwan 5. Canada – A book of kindness In 2020, the world, as we knew it, was rocked by the globally challenging Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdowns, economic dilemmas, and loss of lives were the masters of the scenes back then. Yet the light of hope kept blinking through the darkest times because of the many deeds of kindness. Publishers in “North Star Success Inc.” in Canada came up with this great idea of having a book about the memories, experiences, and observations of people during this pandemic. “COVID ACTS OF KINDNESS” was published on July 15th, 2021, after 184 authors from all around the globe have shared their stories of kindness, courage, and compassion during Covid in 384 pages. On September 1st, 2021, this book broke the Guinness World Record of “Most Authors Signing the Same Book online simultaneously”. It was just an amazing book that even became officially more amazing. the cover of Covid acts of kindness – Canada Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaMay 4, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesPeople do different jobs around the world. Some are doctors while others are engineers. There are workers who hang off buildings and daredevils who jump off planes. Keep reading to learn about Top 5 Unique jobs from around the world. Contents1 1. Acupuncturist2 2. Video Game Tester3 3. Waterslide Tester4 4. Smokejumpers5 5. Mesaharati 1. Acupuncturist What do you do when your back hurts? You may take a pill or pay a visit to the doctor. In China, some people prefer to stick a needle in their pain! The Acupuncturist is a professional who is trained to insert thin needles through the skin to treat some conditions. These include stress, back pain, sleep disorder, and digestive issues. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that’s part of Traditional Chinese Medicine . In this branch of medicine, the body is divided into two balanced parts: yin and yang. When the body’s natural energy is blocked, the yin and yang lose their balance which leads to pain and illness. The needles are used to restore balance in the body! Don’t worry! This practice is harmless and some people don’t even feel the needles being inserted! Acupuncture 2. Video Game Tester Do you enjoy playing animal crossing? What about Fortnite? Are you tired of hearing “Turn off the game and go to bed”? Well, some gamers take their passion for video games to the next level. Video game testers are paid professionals who enjoy new games before being released. These pros make sure that there aren’t glitches or flaws throughout the game’s level.  Then, they report their user experience to the developers to improve the game before it finds its way to stores. Some video game testers earn around $100.000 a year. Now, that’s some serious fun! some gamers earn their living by playing video games 3. Waterslide Tester If you are more of an outdoorsy, we have a splashing job for you. Waterslide testers work with amusement parks and hotels to test the waterslides. These water-lovers make sure the slides are safe and fun. They check the amount of water in the slide and how long it takes to hit the pool. After they finish, they write a report detailing their experience. To be a professional waterslide tester, you need to have certain skills. These include observation, a calm mind, and willingness to try different types of rides. A good waterslide tester has to make sure that the waterslide has a balanced mixture between pleasure and precaution.  splash and get cash! 4. Smokejumpers Firefighters have a dangerous job. And parachuting is a risky hobby. But what if we combine both?  Smokejumpers have one of the most insane jobs in the world. These brave heroes jump off planes, but not for fun. They do it to control wildland fires in places where fire engines can’t reach. Smokejumpers are equipped with food, water, and tools to survive for 48 hours after they touch the ground. In order to do this wild job, you need to be a survivalist with a love for nature and extreme adventures. Despite being one of the most difficult jobs on earth, smokejumpers play a vital role in evading disasters as they reach wildfires in remote areas shortly after they start. smokejumpers were portrayed in many movies 5. Mesaharati Would you like to work only a couple of hours for one month a year? That’s the case for the Mesaharati. This unique profession can be found in many Arab countries. Mesaharatis roam the streets in the holy month of Ramadan and call out Muslims to wake up in order to have a meal called “Sahūr” before they start fasting from dawn till sunset. Some people say this job started in the 15th century in Egypt. Back then, the ruler of the country ordered the citizens to sleep early. Then, he would send his soldiers to wake people up to eat before fasting. Centuries later, Muslims started using alarms to wake up. So, this job started to disappear. However, many Mesaharatis are still walking down the streets to spread the joy and spirit of Ramadan. Mesaharatis don’t get salaries or wages but most of them do it to keep the ancient tradition alive. children love to roam with the Mesaharati What about you? Tell us about a unique job in your country. Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaMay 1, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesFor many years the term, “Eid Mubarak” had triggered both the Muslim and the non-Muslim ears. This term means “blessed festival” and it is often heard after the holy month of Ramadan. Keep reading to find out Top 5 things you need to know about Eid Al-Fitr Contents1 1. What’s behind the name?2 2. When is it?3 3. How does it start?4 4. How to celebrate?5 5. How long is it? 1. What’s behind the name? “The Festival of breaking the fast” is the literal translation of “Eid Al-Fitr” from Arabic to English; referring to the ending of the fasting period of Ramadan. Ramadan in Egypt 2. When is it? Eid Al-Fitr has no fixed day during the year. It begins on the first day of Shawwal which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar which is determined by the lunar cycles. The exact date of Eid Al-Fitr is based on the first sighting of a new moon. Egyptian astronomy students taking part in sighting the New Moon of Shawwal Eid Al-Fitr begins very early in the morning just a few hours after the sunrise with Eid’s prayer. 3. How does it start? To keep in line with the traditions of Prophet Muhammad, Muslims must shower and wear some of their best clothing maybe even buy new clothes, then they eat something simple before going with their family and friends to the communal prayer in the Mosque. The Imam starts the prayer by chanting Eid Takbirs and he is always joined by little boys to chant with him.  Muslims in India offer prayers at the Taj Mahal in Agra It’s a must to express joy and happiness with Eid and let go of the grumpy face. Even the month Shawwal comes from the Arabic word “Shawl” which means that the month carries away the sadness and sorrow. 4. How to celebrate? A way of expressing that joy is by giving “Eidia” which means giveaways to women and children. Eidia is usually given as cash and sweets, but any small gesture of giving is considered as Eidia. Even a balloon to a child is a very fine Eidia. Eid giveaways to children The Muslims are obligated to help the poor and those who are less fortunate by giving “Zakat Al-Fitr”. Prophet Muhammad ordered that Zakat must be paid before people go to offer Eid Prayer just so that the poor can actually participate in the festivities.  Zakat Al-Fitr comes in money or food or clothing as a purification of your fasting period from idle talk and foul language that one speaks unintentionally. Zakat is often paid by the head of the family on behalf of the rest of the family members. charitable work by Zakat foundation of America The Eid biscuits are the fun, delicious part every family awaits for. Families gather to bake the delicious soft buttery oriental biscuits while singing and dancing about one week before Eid Starts, so after the prayer, everyone would enjoy a nice cup of tea along with these doughy yummy snow cookies which are sugar powder cookies filled with Turkish delight or pressed dates. the cookies of Eid 5. How long is it? Eid Al-Fitr usually lasts for 3 days, but depending on the day that it actually falls on based on the year, Eid Al-Fitr can last for a longer period; if the three days fall in the middle of the week, Muslims will most likely be still celebrating Eid over the weekend. Eid celebrations What about you? Do you know anyone who celebrates Eid Al-Fitr? Don’t forget to tell them “Eid Mubarak”.      Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaApril 17, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesLearn how Christians celebrate Easter around the world.  Many countries share the same Easter traditions, such as the Easter eggs, the Easter Bunny, and the gathering of family and friends who feast to celebrate the end of Lent. However, many amazing traditions continue today that you have probably never heard of. Even our most common Easter activities have some interesting beginnings. Get ready to be amazed by the Easter traditions from around the world. Contents1 1. Easter Eggs – The Middle East2 2. Easter Bunny – Germany3 3. The Flying Easter Bells – France4 4. Easter Cuckoo – Switzerland5 5- Scandinavian Witches – Sweden, Finland, and Norway6 6. Pomlazka – Czech Republic7 7. Cold Water – Hungary8 8. Easter Bilby – Australia 1. Easter Eggs – The Middle East The most common custom around Easter has roots in the practices of early Christians in eastern cultures. In early Orthodox churches, priests used to bless and give out Easter eggs to the public at the end of the mass service on the Saturday before Easter known as The Holy Saturday. The early Christians saw the eggs as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection: The hard shell symbolizes the tomb and the cracking of the egg represents Jesus’ revival from the dead. They even dyed the eggs in different colors to show different aspects of the Easter story. They used red to represent the blood, blue to represent love, and yellow for the new life of the resurrection. Easter eggs spread throughout eastern Orthodox churches and eventually made their way to churches in Europe. Easter Eggs 2. Easter Bunny – Germany Every child knows that every year on Easter, a long-eared, cotton-tailed bunny hops from house to house to deliver baskets full of treats, toys, and colorful eggs to good children. This story was first introduced in the 1700s by German immigrants to Pennsylvania, who brought their tradition of an egg-laying rabbit named “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” from their home country. Legend has it, the rabbit would lay colorful eggs as gifts to good children, so kids would make nests in which the bunny could leave his eggs. Over time, the custom spread across the U.S. until it was a popular Easter tradition. The Easter Bunny 3. The Flying Easter Bells – France Unfortunately, The Easter bunny doesn’t visit France. Instead, French kids receive their Easter goodies from the Easter Bells. This tradition is based on the Catholic guides of no church bells are to ring between the Holy Thursday and the Easter Sunday. Children are told that the bells stop ringing because they are flying to Rome to be blessed by the Pope and they would return on Easter Sunday bringing eggs, treats, and chocolate. Easter in France 4. Easter Cuckoo – Switzerland A bird laying eggs sounds way more believable than a rabbit laying chocolate eggs in Swiss traditions. Cuckoo eggs are not only a symbol of Easter and spring but the Cuckoo has long been thought to bring good luck. The Swiss regions closer to the French borders maintain the French tradition of the Easter bells dropping off the eggs on their way back after being blessed in Rome. the Swiss Cuckoo 5- Scandinavian Witches – Sweden, Finland, and Norway Easter is the time when the dark days of winter are finally over and people can venture into the sunlight once again. According to Swedish folklore, the dark days of winter are associated with witches. However, on the Holy Thursday, as family and friends gather around to celebrate, witches fly off to a mountain to meet with the devil and stay there till the next winter. Children traditionally dress up as witches with hats and scarves going door to door around the neighborhood for sweet treats to celebrate the end of winter. This is an important part of the Scandinavian Easter. Scandanivian Easter 6. Pomlazka – Czech Republic This unusual Easter tradition dates back to ancient times when ancestors celebrated spring and fertility. Czech boys will make “Pomlazka” sticks out of willow branches and then decorate them with colorful ribbons to play with Czech girls for good luck and fertility. It’s believed that the young willow twigs bring health to anyone touched by them. Pomlazka – Easter in Czech Republic 7. Cold Water – Hungary Easter is traditionally a time of symbolic purification and cleansing. It’s hard to imagine how a bucket of cold water thrown over you could be considered a romantic purifying gesture on Easter Monday in Hungary! Men would visit their loved ones to recite a poem to them then somehow they would kill this romantic scene by dousing the women with a bucket of water to ensure that the women would be good spouses and mothers. The women then would feed the men chocolate treats and Hungarian Palinka. Easter in Hungary The Hungarian Palinka 8. Easter Bilby – Australia As rabbits are not native to Australia, using Easter Bilby is a recent Australian Easter tradition developed to help endangered native wildlife. The small Bilby is a threatened native species that is losing its food and habitat, so it’s marketed every Easter as an alternative to the Easter Bunny.  The profits from sales of the commercial-themed bilby like chocolate and candy go toward conservation efforts to protect this vulnerable species. It’s not a true Easter tradition but it’s surely an initiative that many Aussies like to support. Australian Chocolate Easter Bilby What about you? Do you celebrate Easter? If so, tell us what you do! 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globitopiaApril 1, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesMuslims mark the beginning of a holy month.   Every year, around 2 billion Muslims all over the world fast during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, followers of Islam stop eating and drinking from dawn to sunset. So what is Ramadan and why do Muslim fast around this time of the year? Keep reading to learn more about the facts and secrets of Ramadan. Contents1 1. Why is it important?2 2. When does it start/ end?3 3. What does “Ramadan” mean?4 4. What to do?5 5. What to eat? 1. Why is it important? Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar Hijri Calendar. The most important night of Ramadan is “Laylat el-Qadr” which means “the night of power”; it’s believed to be the first night that the prophet Muhammad received revelations of Islam from God. Muslims believe it’s the night in which the Quran was revealed to Muhammad as guidance for all mankind. The Quran is the holy text of Islam. For this reason, Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year, and Fasting Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Holy Quran Mecca in Saudi Arabia Madinah – Prophet Mosque – Saudi Arabia 2. When does it start/ end? On the modern western calendar, there’s no specific date for Ramadan. The beginning of Ramadan depends on the moon. It changes every year. The first day of Ramadan is known as “Hilal” which means “crescent moon”. The arrival of the crescent moon -which usually occurs a day or two after a new moon- marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan. Crescent moon of Ramadan “Eid al-Fitr” marks the end of Ramadan. This happens when a new crescent moon is sighted, thus concluding the period of fasting. If weather conditions prevent a new crescent moon from being spotted, the fasting concludes after a period of 30 days. Ramadan in Japan 3. What does “Ramadan” mean? In the Islamic culture, the word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word “El Ramad” which means intense heat and dryness, or “Rameda” which means sun-baked sand. The word “Ramadan” signifies the intense heat in the stomach that leads to thirst due to the fasting time. A boy reading the Quran 4. What to do? The most important custom in Ramadan is going without eating or drinking from sunrise till sunset. Before sunrise, Muslims eat a meal called “Suhoor”. They also eat a meal called “Iftar” after sunset. Some people don’t have to fast. These include sick people, children, and pregnant women.         Muslims are supposed to spend more time praying, reading the Quran, and giving to charities. Although it’s not an obligation, some Muslims are encouraged to finish reading the entire Quran during the course of Ramadan. Charity in Ramadan It is known that fasting hours differ from one country to another according to the geographical location, as the countries near the northern hemisphere have longer fasting hours while fasting hours decrease as we head towards the South Pole.   The shortest fasting hours will be approximately 12 hours for countries such as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, and Comoros. While countries with the longest fasting hours will be about 20 hours, for countries such as Norway, Greenland, and Finland. markets in Australia getting ready for Ramadan 5. What to eat? The Iftar meal varies greatly by region. However, in the Middle East, the most common items eaten are roasted chicken, lamb kebabs, grilled food, and various types of rich eastern desserts like Konafa, Basbousa, Baklava, and Tulumba. Oriental sweets of Ramadan This meal is considered a time of fellowship with friends and family. Some Iftar gatherings can become quite large with more than 100 people attending the same meal within the local mosque or center. Iftar in Ramadan “Happy Ramadan!” Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaMarch 25, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bites“The gowk and the titlene sit on a tree…you’re a gowk as well as me!”   That’s what children sing while playing “Hunting the Gowk” in Scotland on April Fool’s Day which falls on the 1st day of April. “Gowk” is Scottish for “cuckoo” or “fool”. So now there’s a day to practice jokes and general foolishness! How did that day come out? Keep reading to learn more about April Fool’s Day facts and secrets. Contents1 1. Late Christmas2 2- “April’s Fish!”3 3. The Wise Fools of Gotham 4 4. “Spaghetti Trees”5 5. Hunt the Gowk, the Scottish Way 1. Late Christmas No one really knows how April Fool’s Day started, but the most popular theory takes us to 16th century France. France used to celebrate the New Year for 8 days beginning on March the 25th till the 1st of April. That was before King Charles IX made his proclamation of Paris in January 1563. The King of France wanted to adapt the celebrations of the Gregorian calendar which started the 8-day celebrations from the 25th of December till the 1st of January, just like the current time. The royal edict was publicized in Roussillon on the 9th of August 1564 and is known as the “Edict of Roussillon”. Portrait of King Charles IX of France (1550–1574) Edict of Roussillon Back in those times, people didn’t have phones, the Internet, or social media to know about the new calendar. So those who didn’t know about the change continued to celebrate the New Year in April and those who knew about the change started to mock the “ignorant fools”.   This kind of mocking evolved into a tradition of pranking people on the first day of April and spread to other countries. 2- “April’s Fish!” In modern-day France, children use paper fish to play an April Fool’s trick. Children stick a paper fish onto the back of people, then they run away yelling “Poisson d’Avril !” Which means April’s Fish! Yes, keep an eye on your back if you happen to be in France on that day! Poisson d’Avril The French media is taking part in April Fool’s day by broadcasting a fake story along with true ones. Even the true stories may sound a little unbelievable so it’s hard to figure out the fake story. People love this common practice and start to guess which story is undeniably fake. The media reveals what is true and false the next day. The most highlighted fake April Fool’s news in France was in 1986, when “Le Parisien” published the disturbing news of moving the Eiffel Tower to Marne-la-Vallée, the site of Disneyland in Paris. The Eiffel Tower and The French Disney Land In 2020, during the covid-19 lockdown, officers in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, in the French Riviera tweeted about How Mother Nature was taking back its rights while people were staying home by encountering giraffes in the streets of their city. officers in Beaulieu-sur-Mer April Fool’s day tweet in 2020 3. The Wise Fools of Gotham The British folklore takes April Fool’s Day to the 13th century in a small town called Gotham in Nottinghamshire. A legend claims that King John decided to conquer some of the lands of Gotham to build a hunting lodge. The townsfolk weren’t okay with that. So, they decided on a cunning plan to stop the king. They decided to “play the fool”; the whole town started acting like lunatics, so when the king’s men arrived in the town, they found the residents doing all kinds of crazy things; they even were trying to drown fish! This was enough for the king’s men to counsel the king to build the lodge somewhere else as Gotham was obviously full of madmen. Ever since that legend; April Fool’s Day has maintained its trickery. King Henry III of the 13th century England 4. “Spaghetti Trees” On the current British April Fool’s Day, all pranks are supposed to stop at noon sharp, with anyone playing a joke after midday then considered the “April Fool”. The British media has its fair share of April Fool’s day; in 1957 the BBC program “Panorama” showed Swiss farmers picking spaghetti from spaghetti trees. The BBC received so many inquiries from viewers asking where they could buy a spaghetti plant! April Fool’s Spaghetti trees in 1957 5. Hunt the Gowk, the Scottish Way In Scotland, April Fool’s Day is a two-day event also known as “April Gowk”, “Gowkie Day” or “Hunt the Gowk.” It involved sending a crowd on phony tasks, often carrying a message that says: “Dinna laugh, dinna smile, Hunt the gowk another mile”. The second day of the Scottish April Fool’s custom is devoted bizarrely to pranks involving attaching pretend tails or “kick me” notes. This is known as “Taily Day”. Kick me – April Fool’s in Scotland We hope you’ve enjoyed our Globitopia ride through the history of April Fool’s day, you might be wondering if all of this information is accurate since it’s about April Fool’s day after all…….. Well, it’s accurate! We would never do such thing to you………   OR WOULD WE!! 😈 Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaFebruary 14, 2022Globi-days / globi-bitesOpen your heart to learn about a lovely day. Roses are on the street. Music is playing softly. Love is in the air.   Valentine’s Day is here. The sweet day is a chance to express your love to the people you care about. Keep reading to learn 6 things you would love to know about Valentine’s Day. Contents1 1. The real Valentine2 2. Language of flowers3 3. The first heart-shaped chocolate4 4. In Latin America, it’s about more than just couples5 5. In Japan, Valentine’s Day is just for men!6 6. In Romania, people celebrate love TWICE! 1. The real Valentine There are many stories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. One story says that there was a man named St. Valentine who used to perform marriages illegally in the third century in Rome. Back then, Emperor Claudius banned marriage because he thought it would distract young soldiers. Eventually, Valentine was caught and sentenced to death on February 14. Another legend says that Valentine was helping Christians escape from prison before getting caught. While he was in prison, he sent the first “Valentine” message and signed it with the famous phrase “from your Valentine.” No one knows the exact story. However, we know one thing for sure. Valentine’s Day took its name from St. Valentine. st valentine 2. Language of flowers Have you ever given your loved one a flower on Valentine’s Day? Exchanging Flowers is a symbol of the special day. However, flowers only became popular on Valentine’s Day in the 17th century. This practice may have started with King Charles II of Sweden when he learned the “language of flowers”. The Language of Flowers is a way of communication through the arrangement of flowers. Charles II learned this language in Persia and then introduced it to Europe. The red rose became the center piece of Valentine’s Day as it symbolizes deep love.    the red rose is a symbol of Valentine’s Day 3. The first heart-shaped chocolate Valentine’s Day is a sweet day. Heart-shaped chocolate is another symbol of Valentine’s Day. The confectionery was first introduced by Richard Cadbury, son of Cadbury founder John Cadbury. Richard created the first heart-shaped box of chocolate for Valentine’s Day as he wanted to increase sales. Today, more than 36 million boxes of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold every year!  Heart-shaped chocolate is symbol of Valentine’s Day 4. In Latin America, it’s about more than just couples In most western countries, Valentine’s Day is about romance and couples. While in many Latin American countries, February 14 is about more than just romance. The charming day is called día de los enamorados (day of lovers) or día del amor y la amistad (day of love and friendship). People give gifts to their buddies and celebrate friendship. In Colombia, for example, friends send secret friendship letters called “amigos secretos” which is similar to Secret Santa tradition. amigos secretos 5. In Japan, Valentine’s Day is just for men! In Japan, it’s common for women to send gifts and sweets to their male lovers. Most women tend to give men chocolate as it represents true feelings. Sending chocolate can be a complicated process in Japan. There are two types of chocolate that women give on V-Day. The first type is called “giri-choco” which is quick ready-made chocolates. Women give these chocolates to their friends and family. The second type of chocolate is called Honmei-choco which is given to the lovers or romantic partners. One month later, roles get reversed. Men, who receive chocolate and gifts on Valentine’s Day, return the favor by giving gifts and sweets to the women on March 14. This day is called the “white day.” in Japan, women give men gifts 6. In Romania, people celebrate love TWICE! Many countries celebrate Valentine’s Day once. Not in Romania though. Romanians celebrate love and romance TWICE in February. The first one is on February 14 (on international Valentine’s Day), while the second one is on February 24. On that day, people celebrate the traditional lovers’ day which is called “Dragobete”. Dragobete is the guardian of love in Romanian myths. In the past ages, girls and boys used to collect flowers on that day to make magic potions! girls pick flowers on Dragobete What about you? Tell us how you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your country. Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaFebruary 11, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesLearn some important facts about the Winter Games. The winter Games started on February 4. Right now, athletes are skating, skiing and soaring on ice and snow. For the next two weeks, many anthems will be heard and Gold will be given to the top Olympians. Keep reading to learn 10 things you need to know about Winter Olympics. Contents1 1. First Host2 2. First winners3 3. Oldest Sport4 4. Newest Sport5 5. Norwegian Dominance6 6. Looking for success7 7. Most Successful Athlete8 8. Most Successful Male Athlete9 9. Success in Summer and Winter Games10 10. Beijing is the first city to host both the Winter Games and the summer games. 1. First Host The first Winter Olympics were originally called “winter sports week.” That event was held in Chamonix, France in 1924. 260 athletes from 16 nations competed in 16 events in the Games. The Games started on Jan 25 and ended on Feb 5. 2. First winners The American speed skater Charles Jewtraw is the first gold medalist in the history of the games. The Austrian figure skater Herma Planck-Szabo was the first woman to win a gold medal. Norway became the first country to win the Winter Olympics with 17 medals. Those included 4 Gold medals. Charles Jewtraw Herma Planck-Szabo 3. Oldest Sport There 15 sports in the Winter Olympics. Figure skating is the oldest one of them. It was first introduced in the summer Olympic Games in 1908. The United States has the most medals in this sport with 15 gold medals. The Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the most medals in this sport with 3 gold and 2 silver medals. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir 4. Newest Sport The skeleton is the newest addition to the Winter Olympics. It was added in 2002. The British racer Elizabeth Yarnold is the most successful athlete in that sport winning 2 consecutive Gold medals in 2014 and 2018. Great Britain has the most medals in the sport so far with nine medals. Elizabeth Yarnold 5. Norwegian Dominance Norway dominates the Winter Olympics. The country has won the most medals (368), the most gold medals (132), the most silver medals (125), and the most bronze medals (111). Norway dominates the Winter Olympics 6. Looking for success 119 nations have participated in the Winter Olympics. Romania has attended the most Winter Games (21) without winning a gold medal. While Greece and Argentina have attended the most games without winning any medals (19). Francesca Baruzzi and Franco Dal Farra hope to win the first medal ever for Argentina in the winter olympics 7. Most Successful Athlete The Norwegian skier Marit Bjorgen is the most successful athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics with a total of 15 medals (8 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze). The great champion won her medals across five Olympic Games: Salt Lake 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018. Marit Bjorgen 8. Most Successful Male Athlete The Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen is the most successful male athlete in the history of the games with 13 medals (8 Gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze). He won his medals across five Olympic Games. His prime was in the 2002 Salt Lake City games where he swept 4 gold medals. He is the only athlete ever to win all biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics. Ole Einar Bjørndalen 9. Success in Summer and Winter Games 128 athletes have participates in both the summer and winter games and only five of these Olympians have won medals in both editions. The American athlete Edward Eagan was the first win to achieve this milestone and the only Olympian to win gold medals in both the summer and Winter Olympic Games in different disciplines. Eagan won his first gold in boxing in the 1920 summer Olympics.  In 1932, he won his winter gold in the four-man bobsled competition. The last one to do this achievement was the American sprinter Lauryn Williams who won two medals in the Summer Olympics (gold in 2012 and silver in 2004). She also won a silver medal with the US’ two-woman bobsleigh team in 2014. Edward Eagan Lauryn & Williams 10. Beijing is the first city to host both the Winter Games and the summer games. The Chinese city hosted the summer games in 2008, 14 years before hosting the winter edition. Enjoy the Games! opening ceremony of the Games in 2008 opening ceremony of the Games in 2022 Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaFebruary 3, 2022AsiaThe winter Olympic Games start on February 4. Hundreds of athletes will skate and soar on snow and ice in Beijing, China. The arenas are ready and sports stars are waiting. Before the waited moment, let’s take a look on the city that will host the action, Beijing. Keep reading to learn about the ancient capital of China. Contents1 Pin On The Map2 Look in the History Book3 Take a bite4 Fun fact Pin On The Map The name Beijing, or as sometimes referred to as Peking, means “the northern capital.” The huge city is in the northern part of China. Beijing is mostly surrounded by hills and mountains from the north, northwest and west. The city’s location was the main reason it became the capital of China. Today, it’s the most populated capital in the world with around 21 million people living there. Look in the History Book First traces Experts believe that humans started to live in Beijing thousands of years ago. The first walled city in the area was probably called Jicheng. This ancient city was built around 3000 years ago. statue of a man holding a shield in Jicheng Part of China After the unification of China, Jincheng became part of China. The city fell under many dynasties and witnessed tons of changes. Throughout hundreds of years, the city was often a capital to China due to its special location. Qin Shihuang Tough Times Throughout history, Beijing witnessed good times and bad ones. In the 14th century, the city became poor for the first time in centuries under the rule of the Ming dynasty. Its population dropped drastically. It’s believed that the city’s population fell by around 90% in just a few decades! The Hongwu Emperor Huge Projects In the 15th century, the city saw huge projects under the rule of The Yongle Emperor. One of these projects is the Forbidden City. This massive fortress became the largest palace in the world. A million workers and more than 100.000 artists worked on that gigantic project. The Forbidden City The Temple of Heaven was another project that was constructed at that time. The religious complex was often visited by members of the royal family to pray to heaven for a good harvest. Temple Of Heaven Modern times Beijing, along with China, fell under many foreign powers. The last one was Japan in 1937. Japan controlled parts of china till its defeat in WWII in 1945. In 1949, Mao Zedong founded the People’s Republic of China. And Beijing became its capital. mao zedong In 2008, Beijing hosted the summer Olympics for the first time in the history of china. And Today, Beijing is still considered the political, economic and scientific center of China. summer olympics 2008 Beijing has a lot to offer to tourists. From historical buildings to stunning parks, there’s something for everyone in the northern capital. Here are our picks for 3 places you shouldn’t miss.    1. The Forbidden City Beijing is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Forbidden City is probably the most famous one of them. The site is a palace complex at the center of Beijing. It served as the residence of the Emperor for hundreds of years. For centuries, citizens weren’t allowed to enter the site and that’s why it was called “Forbidden”. Nowadays, more than 14 million tourists visit the site every year! It’s believed that the imperial palace has 9999 rooms because only God can have 10.000 rooms in heaven! Forbidden City 2. Beihai Park Take a walk from the imperial palace, you will find one of the oldest surviving imperial gardens in the city. Beihai Park was founded in the 10th century. The name of the park comes from the nearby (lake Beihai). The park is home to the Hall of enlightenment which has a marvelous Buddha statue made of a single block of white jade. At last, don’t forget to check the white pagoda “tower” which was built to honor the visit of the 5th Dalai Lama. Beihai Park 3. The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven is another UNESCO World Heritage center on our list. This sacred site was built in the 15th century. It has a group of temples that are divided into two sections – one rectangular and the other is semi-circular. Both sections symbolize Heaven and Earth. The Emperor used to go to the Heavenly altar to pray for a good harvest. The Temple also has the Hall of the Vault of Heaven which is famous for its blue conical roof. Finally, the echo wall echoes the quietest voices. What an experience… erience.. erience. Temple Of Heaven Take a bite Jiaozi Jiaozi, or Chinese dumplings, is one of the most popular foods in Beijing.  Jiaozi was originally referred to as “tender ears”. Some stories explain the origin of that name. Tales say that a Chinese doctor was walking down the streets in the winter when he found many people with frostbitten ears because they didn’t have enough food or clothes. The doctor treated his patients by stewing lamb, pepper and some warming medicines in a pot. After that, he wrapped them in dough and boiled them before giving them to his patients. People imitated this recipe and it lived on. Till that day, billions of people make Jiaozi by filling meat or vegetables into rolled pieces of dough. After that, they can be boiled, steamed or deep/pan fried. Jiaozi is often served with black vinegar and sesame oil dip. Jiaozi Fun fact Beijing will become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics in 2022! Let the games begin! Beijing will become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics in 2022 Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaJanuary 6, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesLearn about places to visit in the chilling season in Europe. Winter is a frosty season. Many people like to tuck into their beds and warm up under blankets. However, others embrace the cold and glide through the mountains and ice. Keep reading to learn about top 3 European cities to visit in winter. 1. Reykjavik, Iceland Head north to the capital of Iceland. “Ice”land isn’t as icy as you might think. The temperatures go down to 37.4°F (3°C). That’s not very cold if you compare it to cities like Norilsk, Russia where it plummets to -67 °F (-55°C)! However, you shouldn’t expect sunbathing on the sandy beaches. You can do other things though. winter in Reykjavik Don’t miss the northern lights Get on a bus tour to reach one of the spots that have a spectacular view. The northern lights, or aurora, are a natural light display in the sky.  Auroras appear as colorful curtains, rays or spirals. This phenomenon happens when the wind hits the earth’s ionosphere. It’s usually very clear in the winter. So, make sure to enjoy this Earthly show. The northern lights in Iceland Enjoy an unusual swim in the Blue lagoon You won’t be able to surf on waves in Reykjavik but you can enjoy a fabulous swim in the Blue Lagoon. The blue lagoon is a geothermal spa in front of Þorbjörn volcanic mountain. This man-made attraction is full of minerals that can heal the skin. Don’t worry, the water’s temperature there is around 37C – 40C. Blue lagoon, Iceland Walk through Raufarhólshellir lava Tunnel        Around 5200 years ago, lava from the Leitahraun eruption flooded the lands of Iceland. Years passed by and the hot lava cooled and hardened to form a unique tunnel. It’s the lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir. The awe-inspiring tunnel stretches for around 1360 m (4500 ft). Through your walk in the tunnel, you would see lava formations that stood for thousands of years. Raufarhólshellir lava Tunnel 2. Prague, Czech Republic Prague is one of the most visited cities in Europe. However, it’s also one of the most expensive cities on the continent. Winter can be a great opportunity to visit the lovely capital with fewer crowds in tourist places. Here are our top picks of things to do in Prague in winter. Winter in Prague Don’t miss the Christmas Markets If you want to live an unforgettable holiday season, you should definitely pay a visit to the Christmas market. From handicrafts to wooden toys, the stalls there sell everything related to Christmas. Don’t forget to treat your mouth with some smoked dumplings and pernicky (spicy gingerbread). Yummy! The Christmas markets often run from November 28th to January 6th. Prague christmas markets Enjoy Masopust After the Christmas buzz, there’s another festive celebration that looks a lot like Mardis Gras. This festival is full of parades, songs, music, food and dances. The marchers wear all kinds of colorful and eccentric costumes. Masopust usually takes place in late February or early March. So if you aren’t looking for a warmer experience in Prague, you can simply go there and attend Masopust. Masopust carnival Tour Prague Castle Prague castle is arguably the most famous landmark in Prague but that fame comes with tons of visitors. In the winter, there are way fewer waiting lines, so you may have the whole majestic place for yourself……well and a few others. prague castle 3. Barcelona, Spain If you want to go to a warmer destination in Europe, pay a visit to Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain. The city offers its visitors unforgettable experiences in both the winter and the summer. Here are some activities you can do in Barcelona in the winter.  Barcelona in winter The Three Kings parade In winter, it’s a must to attend the three kings’ parade on the 5th of January. This famous Christmas parade is even more popular than Santa Claus! The event lasts for more than 4 hours and it’s marked by songs, costumes and delicious foods! On this day, children leave their shoes outside hoping to get presents from the kings.  Pay a visit to the La Sagrada Familia La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous sites in Barcelona. This astonishing church has been under construction for more than 100 years! Workers started building the church in 1882 and it is set to be completed in 2026! The site was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 due to its unique architecture. When it’s completed, La Sagrada Familia will become the highest religious building in the world. The site is usually crowded with tourists in the summer. So it’s advisable to visit it in the winter for a better experience. La Sagrada Família Basilica Cheer at the Camp Nou If you are a soccer fan, you should definitely visit Barcelona’s Camp Nou. The huge stadium is the biggest in Europe with a maximum capacity of 99,354 seats. You can book a ticket to watch a match there if Barcelona FC. is playing or you can take a tour to see the changing rooms, press rooms, bench of the players and of course to kick a ball on the legendary lawn that was blessed by the likes of Ronaldinho and Messi. Those were our top 3 European cities to visit in the winter. What about you? Tell us about a city you visited or would like to visit in Europe in the winter. Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaJanuary 2, 2022Globi-tops / globi-bitesLearn about popular places that welcome the New Year. Billions of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year. They marked that day in different ways. Some cities had huge fireworks and loud cheers while others were a bit quieter. Keep reading to learn about 5 of the World’s Best Destinations for a Perfect New Year’s Eve. Contents1 Burj Khalifa, Dubai – United Arab Emirates2 London Eye Ferris Wheel – England3 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, New York – USA4 Hasedera Buddhist Temple – Japan5 Red Square, Moscow – Russia Burj Khalifa, Dubai – United Arab Emirates One of the youngest structures in the world yet earned its place on top of our list. As the tallest building in the world at over 2,716.5 feet and the highest number of floors in the world with more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa is solid science infused with extraordinary vision and a lot of funding of course.   Burj Khalifa had been a tourist attraction with its luxurious moments, exquisite activities, culinary wonders and welcoming atmosphere. But on New Year’s Eve, Dubai takes the eyes of the world with jaw-dropping pyrotechnics and a breathtaking laser show.   The UAE said “Happy New Year” on 2022’s eve with a world-breaking record of 177,958 kg of dazzling fireworks, 274 light fixtures and 60 laser light projectors. The show was full of pure euphoria and joy along with Instagram-able views. It’s truly the perfect place for a farewell to a passing year and a welcome to another. Burj Khalifa fireworks on New year’s eve – Dubai London Eye Ferris Wheel – England Welcome to Europe’s biggest and highest cantilevered observation wheel and England’s most famous cultural fingerprint. This Millennium wheel has an overall height of 443 feet, this was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel from 1999 when it was first built, but The London Eye lost the title in 2006 when it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang in China. New Year’s event started at the London Eye on the last day of 1999 to celebrate 2000. Unfortunately, Public New Year’s Eve festivities in London have been suspended since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this didn’t stop the English gentlemen from taking the celebrations online, with a colorful pre-recorded 2 minutes light display to memorable moments from the past year. The unique virtual light show was a way of recognizing and remembering the moments in 2021 that made an impact on the English lives as they enter into a new year. The shining blue was a hooray for the NHS’s resilience and hard work throughout the pandemic. The pink and blue colors represented the arrivals of four royal babies. Finally, the lights were turned off in a tribute to Prince Philip’s passing in April. It was a breathtaking show to stay home and enjoy! London Eye New Year’s Eve – England Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, New York – USA Of all the ways we could be celebrating the coming New Year, countless people stood in Times Square and throughout the world to watch a big ball descend above Times Square in New York. New Yorkers began celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square in 1904, but it was in 1907 that the New Year’s Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. The Ball has been lowered annually since 1907, except during World War II when the ceremony was cancelled. On New Year’s Eve, the Ball began its descent at 11:59 p.m. as millions of voices united to countdown the final seconds of the year and express joy and hope for the year ahead. Times Square ball drop New Year’s Eve in 2018 – USA Hasedera Buddhist Temple – Japan The Japanese traditional way of celebrating the New Year is entirely different from the buzzing lights and the loud fireworks. Japanese families join together in visiting and even staying in a shrine or a temple on New Year’s Eve. At the Hasedera Temple, They lit candles and start praying with the monks for good luck, fortune, health and wealth within the New Year. When it’s midnight, the monks start to bang the giant bells of the Temple in a rhythmic peaceful way. This experience is for people who are looking for something new and out of the ordinary, and for anyone in quest of communication with their spiritual side. Hasedera Temple New Year’s Eve – Japan Hasedera Temple New Year’s Eve candle lit – Japan Red Square, Moscow – Russia In the heart of Moscow lies this UNESCO world heritage site with its famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral which was built between 1555 to 1561. The Red Square is the most famous landmark in Russia, especially around New Year’s Eve. It’s that time when Moscow is covered in snow and the whole Red Square and the Cathedral are decorated with lights. When it’s midnight, the dazzling crowds witness a night of a lifetime when the fireworks burst from every inch in the Red Square and the Cathedral bills don’t stop ringing for about a continuous hour. New Year’s Eve in Russia is a remarkable visual treat for the tourists, and that’s why this place is often referred to as the Winter Wonderland. Unfortunately, celebrations were cancelled for 2022’s eve due to covid-19 but we will be looking forward to enjoying it again next December. 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globitopiaDecember 25, 2021Globi-days / globi-bites“He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake.” If you live in the western world, then you already know these lyrics from the famous “Santa Claus is coming to town”. We all heard the songs and saw the movies, but you may not know the legend of the man who can fly around the world showering kids with gifts in just one single night. Keep reading to know more about the origin story of Santa Claus.  St. Nicholas, Facade of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice Contents1 Rough Start2 The Generous Child3 Coming Down the Chimney4 Spread the Joy5 A New Role Rough Start Our story begins in the 3rd century in the town of Myra which is now a small town in modern-day Turkey. A wealthy Christian husband and his wife were having trouble conceiving a baby for many years. They prayed to God every day for a child of their very own. Sadly, as soon as they gave birth to “Nicholas”, they died of an epidemic that had spread down the city of Myra leaving baby Nicholas as a very young orphan. Myra – Turkey The Generous Child He was raised by his uncle who happened to be the Bishop of Myra who had never had children of his own. The Bishop was very proud of his nephew as he was a very well-behaved and kind boy. Growing up as a wealthy orphan; Nicholas showed remarkable sympathy and kindness to the poor little kids. He even taught the poor kids to make handmade toys to play with. He wanted to help in every possible way.   Nicholas the anonymous Wonderworker Coming Down the Chimney There was a man in the town with three daughters. He was so poor that he couldn’t afford to support his family and his daughters were about to be sold into slavery. Nicholas wanted to help in a way that won’t hurt the family’s pride by offering a donation face to face. So he dropped a back of gold coins down the chimney which landed in their stockings that they had hanged up to dry. The family jumped out of joy believing that God had finally answered their prayers. The money saved the oldest daughter from slavery and helped her to get married. Later, Nicholas came back to do this again for the two younger daughters. Saint Nicholas dropping gold to help the poor family Spread the Joy For Nicholas, money didn’t mean much; on the other hand, those donations were life-changing to the families who needed them most. Nicholas continued anonymously spreading his inheritance to the people who needed the most help in the town. Saint Nicholas helping everyone in need Everyone knew that these gold coins weren’t a pull out of thin air and people in town began to whisper about Nicholas and his generosity. People of Myra started to leave stockings and shoes down the fireplace hoping for a visit from Nicholas, and almost everyone in Myra received an anonymous present in that unique way. Nicholas awakened the spirit of giving to everyone in town that they started helping out one another in time of need without fear of hurting anyone’s pride. modern-day stockings waiting for Santa A New Role By the time he had given away all of his possessions, he became a monk and dedicated his life to God. After that, the people of Myra couldn’t find a better Bishop after the uncle’s death than the Nephew. Saint Nicholas the wonderworker – as written in Arabic The fantastical stories of Saint Nicholas lasted for thousands of years. The magic behind his generosity was so inspiring and powerful to keep Saint Nicholas alive in the hearts of mankind for generations to come. Saint Nicholas with the Three Boys in the Pickling Tub, ca. 1500 It was the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. ….. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight— “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”   (A Visit from St. Nicholas) Poem by “Clement Clarke Moore”, 1823. Cover of an edition published in 1888 by McLoughlin Bros. Clement Clarke Moore – a life portrait painted for his children Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaDecember 19, 2021Globi-tops / globi-bitesWarm up with upbeat dances from around the world. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” -Maya Angelou-   A dance is a very important staple of our world. A dance can connect you to your roots, let you know more about how people lived in the past. Some folk dances tell a story, while others may simply emphasize pride. Keep reading to learn about Top 5 Unique Dances from Around the World. Contents1 1- The Floating Dance / Lezginka – The Caucasus2 2- Irish Step Dancing – Ireland3 3- Baile Folklórico – Mexico4 4- The Sword Dance / Hadandawa – Sudan5 5- Duzhu Drifting – China 1- The Floating Dance / Lezginka – The Caucasus It’s a Caucasian traditional dance performed in Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and parts of Russia, especially at weddings. The dance arose among the Lezgin people of the Caucasus. It can be performed by a solo artist or two dancers. The girl’s leg movements make it appear as if she’s floating across the floor range; the girl dances like a swan, whilst the boy dances like an eagle. Lezginka – The Floating Dance Watch the Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM8K-JkKXKM 2- Irish Step Dancing – Ireland Irish step dancing is recognized all over the world as a fingerprint of Ireland thanks to its distinct costumes and intense footwork. It’s traditionally performed with a stiff arm tight at the dancer’s sides and no upper body movement to the festive sounds of the Irish bagpipes and the fiddle. Nobody really knows the reason for this unusual dance, but an Irish myth tells the story of a group of Irish dancers who were brought to dance for “Queen Elizabeth I” who wanted to have firm control of Ireland. As these dancers had no choice, they refused to raise their arms to her and kept them rigidly by their sides as they danced. Whatever the real story behind that straight arm look, the dance has lasted to this day and has delighted onlookers all over the globe.  Irish Step Dance – Ireland Watch the Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJWLzrSE1nY 3- Baile Folklórico – Mexico Music and dance are an essential part of Mexican culture. This Folklórico dance is as sophisticated, diverse, and historical as the country of Mexico itself. From the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, in 1952, dancer and choreographer “Amalia Hernández” started a group of dancers with colorful costumes that tap out a syncopated beat as they twirl and stamp with live music. Amalia brought together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian times till the modern era in the form of the Baile Folklórico dance. A traditional Mexican dancer spins, spreads her yellow dress during a folk show at a public outdoor stage at city hall in Seoul, South Korea Watch the Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1zsP1plkCY 4- The Sword Dance / Hadandawa – Sudan A folk dance from Sudan performed mainly by men carrying swords or women carrying sticks. This dance is usually performed at social gatherings, weddings and other ceremonies, especially within The Beja tribe. The man, who succeeds in matching the heavy sword with the flexible moves of his body without dropping the sword or harming himself, is believed to have mastered the dance. The Sword Dance – Hadandawa – Sudan Watch the Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVffEe5l2dg 5- Duzhu Drifting – China The amazing art of Duzhu Drifting originated from the Chishui River in Guizhou, China. This tradition started thousands of years ago in the Chishui River as a method for transporting wood to the capital by water. The young dancer “Yang Liu” has practiced the Chinese “Duzhu Drifting” since she was 7 years old to keep the tradition alive. She shows amazing dance moves, all while maintaining perfect balance on a piece of bamboo floating on the river as her stage. Her balance and control on the floating bamboo pole is mesmerizing and breathtaking to watch. The Duzhu Drifting requires skill, flexibility, practice, and balance. Duzhu Drifting – China Watch the Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBzdwpMzDeA Write a comment and tell us about a local dance in your country. Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaDecember 14, 2021North AmericaFor ages, people have travelled from their countries hoping for better lands, safety and  a new home…… a new world. They headed up to North America. Keep reading to learn more about North America Facts and secrets. Alaska in North America Contents1 On The Land2 Pin on the map3 Meet the people4 Take a Walk5 Take a bite6 Take a Closer look at countries of North america? On The Land Most of the countries in North America lie in the Northern Hemisphere and the Western Hemispheres. The continent has 32 independent countries. Most of the continent is covered by three nations which are Canada, USA and Mexico. Canada is the largest country in North America by area as it covers 9.985 million km² making it the second-largest country in the world after Russia. Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in North America as it only covers 261 km² (101 mi²). Pin on the map North America has many rivers. These include The Mississippi, Ohio, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson rivers. However, The Missouri River is the longest river on the continent. The Missouri flows for around 3,767 km in the US. Missouri River North America has plains, forests, deserts, lakes, mountains and even volcanoes. The Rocky Mountains are the longest mountain range in the continent. It stretches through two countries, Canada and USA. However, the highest peak in the continent lies in The Alaska Mountains. It’s called Mount Denali which reaches a height of 20,310 ft (6190 m) above sea level. Meet the people More than 364 million people live in North America. The United States is the most inhabited nation in North America with more than 329.5 million people living there. Saint Kitts and Nevis is the least inhabited country on the continent with only around 50.000 people living there! Mexico City, Mexico is the most populated city in North America with more than 9 million people living in it. Mexico City North America is a VERY diverse continent. Millions of people immigrated to the continent over the years making the area a pot of cultures. This wide range of cultures affected all parts of life from music to food. Many types of music were born in North America. These include Blues and Jazz in the US, and the Mariachi and Ranchera in Mexico. Mariachi bands are popular in Mexico Food plays a big part in the lives of people in North America. Canadians love to eat Poutine, Bannock and butter tarts. The Mexican cuisine is famous for its spices. Chilaquiles, empanadas and fajitas make the mouths of many Mexicans water. The US is considered by many to be the founder of Fast Industry. Many Fast food brands were born in the US, such as KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. butter tarts is signature dish in Canada People in North America also love their sports. It’s almost impossible to turn on your TV and not find a match to watch. American football is the most popular sport in the US. The super bowl is the biggest game of this sport. It’s usually the most-watched event on TV. The fun doesn’t stop here. American football is popular in America. But the NBA is huge all over the WORLD. It’s the most-watched basketball league. People from all around wake up early or stay up late just to see the magic of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden and other hoops stars. every year, tems battle to win the Super bowl Away from The US, Mexicans are CRAZY about soccer. Thousands of Fans gather in stadiums to support their local clubs and, of course, the national team. The Mexican men’s soccer team won the most titles of The CONCACAF Gold Cup (11 titles). In Canada, Ice hockey is the most popular team in the country. The Canada men’s national ice hockey team won 9 gold medals in the winter Olympics and the women won 4! The Canada men’s national ice hockey team won 9 golden medals in the winter Olympics Speaking about the Olympics, The United States has been the most successful nation on that huge world stage winning more than 2,600 medals. Not only that! America is also home to the most successful Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. The legendary swimmer won 28 medals, including 23 gold ones. The US has also hosted the Olympics eight times, that’s more than any other country in the world! In 2028, the Summer Olympics will return to The US, as the event will be held in Los Angeles! Canada and Mexico have also hosted the Summer Olympics, Canada in 1976 and Mexico in 1968.  The Famous Black Power protest was in the 1968 olympics in Mexico North America is also known for Tech companies. Many major companies saw the light on its soil. They include Apple, Facebook, Alphabet (Google), Amazon and Tesla. Silicon Valley in California is home to tons of major companies and start-ups. The technological rush started early in North America. The continent has always been a haven for scientists and inventors. Thomas Alva Edison was one of America’s greatest inventors. The US was also the first country to send a man to the moon. That happened on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked here. Thomas Alva Edison People in North America celebrate many holidays. Halloween is very popular in The US, especially with children who enjoy Trick-or-treating. This spooky holiday is celebrated on the night of October 31. A similar day is marked in Mexico. Día de Muertos (English: Day of The Dead) is celebrated in the southern country. Other popular holidays in North America include Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Día de Muertos Take a Walk North America is a beautiful land of beaches, forests, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, mountains and everything in between. Here are our picks of North America’s many hidden gems. Yosemite, US Big Bend National Park, USA If you head west in the American state of Texas, you will find this mesmerizing 801,163 -acre- park. Big bend was officially a national park on June 12, 1944. It’s home to many species of plants, mammals, reptiles and birds. The park took its name from its location. As it lies on a big bend in the Rio Grande River. Some people enjoy hiking, biking or fishing in the area. While adventure seekers love taking river trips or riding horses there. Big Bend National Park Spotted Lake, Canada Some people call the spotted lake “the most magical place in Canada”. To enjoy the beauty of this lake located in Osoyoos, Canada, you have to visit it in the summer. During this season, the water of the lake evaporates leaving behind yellow, green and blue spots. The spots are collections of minerals and salt that run off the surrounding hills. In the past, indigenous groups believed that each spot has different healing powers. Nowadays, people can’t touch the water of the lake but can still enjoy its fascinating view. spotted lake Man-Made Wonders People in North America have built wonders over the years. Here are some man-made sites you should consider visiting. landmarks in canada Hollywood’s World of Illusions, The US Los Angeles, California has one the coolest place on earth; the museum has 4 breathtaking experiences that will set your imaginative mind free. Spiderman isn’t the only one who can walk on walls or hang from the ceiling, get ready to defy gravity and have your world turned upside down in “The Upside Down House”. upside down room Your next stop would be the museum of illusions with all the 3D artwork that will blow your mind and your Instagram profile. You can also visit the Giant’s house see the world with a super extra-large magnifying glass with over 31 mega items that will make you feel so tiny. the museum of illusions Stressed? Not anymore with the “Smash It!” room where you can blow off some steam; just write down what’s stressing you out on a plate and throw it against the wall as hard as you can. The “Smash It” room is restricted to +12 years old only. Smash It! Chichen Itza, Mexico Before the European’s arrival to North America, Chichen Itza was the most vibrant city in the Yucatan Peninsula, which later became a part of Mexico. Chichen Itza shows the great civilization of the Mayans. Till now, people come from all over the world to see the remains of the Mayan people including the El Castillo pyramid. The famous pyramid is the crown jewel of the site. In the past, the structure was used as a temple. It has 4 staircases that all lead to the top. Chichen Itza, Mexico Take a bite Between Two North American countries, a flavorsome meal was born. Fajita is one of the most popular meals in Mexico and North America in general. It was created in the 1930s by Mexican workers in Texas. Back then, some workers were paid with meat, so the workers used their salary to make this famed meal.  Nowadays, fajitas are made in many ways. One of these ways is to grill strips of steak with opinions and peppers. It’s served hot with tortillas, sour cream and salsa. Some people use chicken to make fajitas. And if you are a vegetarian, don’t worry! You can still make delicious fajitas with just vegetables. Fajita North America has much more to offer. Keep following us to know more about The continent. Take a Closer look at countries of North america? USA United States of America USA (Texas – New York – Alabama – California – Florida- Massachusetts) Click Here Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaNovember 28, 2021Globi-news / globi-bitesEgypt finally reopens an ancient path. Thousands of years ago, Egyptians used to gather to celebrate their gods, kings and queens. They used to sing special tunes to glorify their mighty rules. Egyptians did all of that and much more in a city called Thebes, which was later named Luxor. And Now, Egyptians are reviving their ancient past as they just reopened a historic road with a magnificent show. Keep reading to learn more! The Path Of God Avenue of the Sphinxes connects two of the most prominent temples in Luxor, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. Some researchers believe that this road was first built around 3500 years ago under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut while others say that there isn’t “enough evidence on that theory.” Some experts believe workers started building it under King Amenhotep III. One thing that most experts agreed on is that most of the road was built under the reign of King Nectanebo I around 2400 years ago. This ancient path used to have 1300 statues of the Great sphinx and rams along its sides. Now, there are only around 300 original rams left. The rams represented a god called Amun. That’s why the road itself was called the Path of God. In ancient Egypt, people used to move three statues of gods: Amun, Mot and Khonsu, from the Karnak Temple to the Luxor temple on foot or using boats. This was part of the Opet Festival. That festival was held annually in the second month of the flooding season of the Nile River. There are drawings and inscriptions on the walls of Karnak Temple that portray the festival. Over the years, the road was buried under the sand. In 1949, Dr. Zakaria Ghoneim discovered the first eight sphinx statues in front of the Luxor temple. Zakaria Ghoneim was an Egyptian archaeologist. Reviving The Road On Thursday, Egypt reopened the historic road of the rams with a wonderful show that was attended by the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, many members of the government and foreign guests. “We will present a show inspired by Opet Festival. The following celebration is inspired by the Opet Festival in ancient Egypt, which took place during the second month of the Nile flood season,” said Khaled Anani. Anani is the Egyptian minister of Antiquities and Tourism in Egypt.  “Every place in Luxor has part of Egypt History.  No building in the world matches the brilliance of the archaeological area that surrounds us.”, said  Anani. Anani added, “Today we celebrate Luxor in its ‘new shape.” He explained that Egyptian workers have been working to renovate the Road for 70 years.” He also called Luxor “the Largest Open Museum in the world.” The show started with a song called “The first call.” This tune is inspired by the Opet festival and it was taken from the hymns on the walls of Egyptian temples. After that, a group of dancers imitated a dance that was performed in the festival thousands of years ago. Songs continued. Another singer took the stage and performed The Hatshepsut chant. This holy song was also sung in the old festival. The eyes were all set on the sacred boats and dancers mimicked the movement of the Nile River. Dancers and performers wore customs of ancient priests, civilians and noblemen. The boats kept moving to continue the magical journey. Finally, Fireworks lit the skies of Luxor ending this fascinating ceremony. The show ended but Egypt’s secrets haven’t all been revealed yet! We’ll have to wait to see what the ancient country would bring next to the world. Keep following globitopia to discover Egypt’s hidden gems. Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaNovember 24, 2021Globi-days / globi-bitesLearn about the past and the present of thanksgiving     “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” —Irv Kupcinet   Thanksgiving is a great day for family and friends. People of all ages come together to give their thanks and stuff their bellies. Thanksgiving isn’t just a fun holiday. It also has a long history and important messages. Keep reading to learn more about The Story of Thanksgiving. Contents1 New Neighbors2 The First Thanksgiving3 The Official Thanksgiving4 Today’s Thanksgiving5 Get your plate6 Parades and Balloons7 The Accidental True Thanksgiving New Neighbors Long ago in 1620, a group of English families disagreed with the church in England and decided to leave England on the English Ship “Mayflower”, in a quest for a new home with more religious freedom. Mayflower landed in North America. The English Pilgrims settled down in what they named the “Plymouth Colony” after their last departure port. This place is now the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Mayflower However, that land was first inhabited by a Native American tribe called “The Wampanoags” who was extremely helpful and welcoming to the new neighbors: The Pilgrims The English were still learning how to cope with the new harsh living conditions. The Wampanoags helped the Pilgrims to adjust to the new land by showing them how to gather food, fish and hunt, telling them what was good to eat and what was not. The Wampanoags The First Thanksgiving A year later in 1621, The Wampanoags helped the Pilgrims grow up their first crop in the new land. So the Pilgrims hosted a great feast as a celebration of the good harvest and invited the Wampanoags who brought with them all of the bounties of the land and sea, such as Turkey, Deer, Rabbit, Mussels, Lobsters, Potatoes, Squash, Corn, beans and many other delicious foods. The Pilgrims were so appreciative of that they got on their knees, closed their eyes, and thanked God in their own way, so did The Wampanoags who thanked the Great Spirit for all of the blessings of food and drink that he granted. And so, this became an annual tradition of coming together to feast and give thanks each in his own way and the Americans call it the “Thanksgiving Day”. The first Thanksgiving The Official Thanksgiving On the 26th of November, 1789, President George Washington announced a day of public thanksgiving and prayer which was a Thursday. And so, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln remarked November’s last Thursday as a day of Thanksgiving. In 1941, Congress legalized Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day as national holidays. Congress establishes Thanksgiving Today’s Thanksgiving As an official day off for schools and public service followed by Black Friday and with the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games; the Thanksgiving holiday is called the long weekend which is considered the busiest season in the US; Travel highways, domestic flights and train stations are all loaded with people as many people go back home to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. Highways on Thanksgiving Day Just as the first Thanksgiving was a way of celebrating the Pilgrims’ success in a new home, the holiday is still associated with a sense of coming home to spend the long weekend feasting, recalling the blessings of the passing year and joining together for some quality American football. NFL Thanksgiving games Get your plate Thanksgiving dinner is the main star of this holiday. The roasted turkey is the dining table’s centerpiece as it was eaten on the very first Thanksgiving, along with the savory mashed potatoes, corn which was one of the crops that the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to grow, cranberry sauce representing the Pilgrims bringing crops from England as cranberry is originally native to England, gravy and the crowed-pleasuring pumpkin pie.  While often associated with Halloween, pumpkins are also an essential part of Thanksgiving as they were another harvest crop associated with the original Thanksgiving. It’s quite a tempting dinner! Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving decoration Parades and Balloons Many people travel to big cities to attend magnificent parades like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Chicago Thanksgiving Parade and H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston. Those parades march the same routes every year with live entertainment, giant balloons, marching bands and thousands of parade-goers. Thanksgiving Day Parade New York City hosts the most famous Thanksgiving parade in the US and the biggest march ever with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. It has been going since 1924 with over 3 million people watching balloons up to five stories tall, Broadway theater performers and musical acts. The route starts at Central Park and ends on 34th Street in front of the Macy’s in Herald Square, sounds familiar! You may recognize it from the Christmas classic 1947 movie “Miracle on 34th Street”. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York Miracle on the 34th Street movie The Accidental True Thanksgiving In 2016, a grandmother named “Wanda” sent a message inviting her grandson over Thanksgiving dinner. But she was actually sending the invitation to the wrong number. Jamal Hinton was so confused by the mysterious number claiming to be his grandma until he figured it out and told the nice lady about the accidental text. Jamal asked Wanda if he could still get a plate! Wanda replied kindly that it was her job as a grandmother to feed everyone on Thanksgiving. Wanda and her family consider Jamal a part of the family and they keep inviting him over for Thanksgiving dinner ever since. It’s the story of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans all over again. Jamal is invited to the Thanksgiving dinner by grandma Wanda … again Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaNovember 14, 2021Globi-days / globi-bitesBrazilians come together to mark an important holiday. “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky,And you ask “What if I fall?”Oh but my darling,What if you fly?” ― Erin Hanson Brazil is a favorite destination for many tourists. The South American giant is one of the most visited nations on earth. Brazil is famous for its beaches, music and football. Every year, people gather to celebrate the declaration of the republic on the 15th of November. This day is a constant reminder of how Brazil overcame slavery and injustice. Keep reading to learn more about Brazil’s Republic Day. Contents1 A look In the History Book2 Fall of the Empire and Rise of the Republic3 Current Times4 Everything “Republic”! A look In the History Book Brazil was declared an empire in 1822 under military commandment by Brazil’s first emperor “Don Pedro I”. This man freed Brazil from the Portuguese colonization that lasted from 1500 to 1815. Brazil’s first emperor, Don Pedro I But in 1831, his five-year-old son “Don Pedro II” took over the empire. The years of “Don Pedro II” weren’t that kind for poor people in Brazil. As Brazil suffered from slavery. The upper classes argued that slavery was essential to the foundation of the Empire and its success. Don Pedro II and his daughter Princess Isabel Fall of the Empire and Rise of the Republic Over the years the Emperor had the upper hand in quieting the revolutions against him. In 1889, Marshal “Deodoro da Fonseca” -who was a popular hero among Brazil’s citizens and soldiers- overthrew “Dom Pedro II” and his daughter Princess “Isabel” -the rightful heir to the empire- by a bloodless military coup on November the 15th, freeing his people, providing equal opportunities for all citizens and establishing the federal republic. “Proclamation of the Republic by Deodoro de Fonseca” a painting by Henrique Bernardelli, 1891. Current Times Brazilians consider November the 15th a glorious day in the history of Brazil. They believe that the day Brazil became a republic is a day of victory to justice, equality and human rights. The 15th of November is an official holiday in Brazil. It’s a day off for the people, schools, businesses and public services. Republic day – Brazil The streets get flooded by festive parades and proud people all dressed up in the yellow-green famous Brazilian colors. You can’t un-see the national flag flying in all the streets, flapping to the beats of the drums while the people are chanting and dancing to songs of liberty. Celebrations of Republic Day – Brazil Men of power and public figures have their fair share of public appearances and speeches that reassure the people about the continued advancement of equal employment opportunity and equality in general. Everything “Republic”! Effigy of the republic of Brazil Brazil had always glorified being a republic. After the proclamation of the republic in 1889, “Effigy of the republic” -which was a Roman lady wearing a bay leaves tiara symbolizing republic- became an important symbol of the newly formed republic of Brazil. Effigy also appears on the “real”. The “real” is the official currency in Brazil. Brazilian Real Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaNovember 11, 2021Globi-days / globi-bitesHindus come together for a holy celebration. “Keep your face to the Sun, and you will never see the shadows.”Helen Keller India is a country full of religions and celebrations. Hinduism is the largest religion in the Asian country. Early in November, Hindus celebrated the festival of lights, Diwali. Millions of people marked that holiday with shows and firecrackers. skies were bright by fireworks. However, celebrations haven’t ended yet. Now, Hindus are celebrating AGAIN. This time they are honoring the sun. Keep reading to learn more about Chhath Puja – Festival for 4 days. Diwali is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism. In this festival, people celebrate the victory of light over darkness. Six days after this big festival, many Hindus mark Chhath Puja. This festival honors the sun god (Lord Surya) and his wife. Believers thank the sun god for its blessing. In Hinduism, the sun has healing qualities and can cure diseases. In Chhath Puja, Worshipers pray facing east so that rays of the sun fall on them. The celebrations last for four days. Let’s learn more about what happens on these four days. Chhath Puja Contents1 Day 1 – Holy bath and food 2 Day 2 – Purify your soul3 Day 3 – offering to the setting sun4 Day 4 – praying at dawn5 Fact:  Day 1 – Holy bath and food Day one of this festival is called Nahay Khay. The word ‘Nahay’ refers to a bath and ‘khay’ refers to eating. People start the day by cleaning their houses. Then, Many Hindus like to go to The Ganges River take a dip in the water. Hindus believe this river’s water is holy. After that, they start to prepare Prasāda. Prasāda is food that’s made especially as an offering to gods. Hindus usually make it using fresh vegetables and rice. The ingredients of making Prasāda shouldn’t be mixed with other foods or touched with dirty hands. After that, worshipers eat only once before sunrise. Finally, they start fasting. This means that they stop eating any food or water. women carrying Prasāda Day 2 – Purify your soul This day is known as Kharna. Kharna means purification. People fast from sunrise to sunset. They believe this process help them purify their minds and bodies. After that, they worship their god. At the end of the day, people eat a meal called kheer (a rice pudding) with bananas and rice. Then, they fast again. People fast from sunrise to sunset Day 3 – offering to the setting sun The third day is the most important day of the festival. People continue to worship the sun god. They go to holy water and offer their foods to the setting sun. After sunset, People stop fasting and start eating. Most of them eat ginger while drinking water. In the evening, women sing folk songs that praise the gods. Day 3 is the most important day of Chhath Puja Day 4 – praying at dawn The last day is called Usha Argya. Usha means “dawn”. And “Argya” means “offering”. So, worshipers pray at dawn to the rising sun as they dip their feet in a river or any water body. Finally, they stop fasting and distribute Prasāda to other worshipers. Many Hindus break their fasting by drinking raw milk or fruit juice. on Usha Argya, people pray at dawn Chhath Puja is all about coming together. Families gather to pray, fast and take a dip in the water. In 2020, Chhath Puja was different as many people had to stay apart because of covid-19. In 2021, people will gather once again to give their thanks.     Happy Chhath Puja to everyone! Fact:  Chhath Puja is an ancient festival that’s celebrated mainly in India and parts of Nepal Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
globitopiaNovember 9, 2021Globi-days / globi-bitesIt’s that time of year when people all over the world dress up in scary costumes and creep around for tricks or treats. Join us and let your fangs into five of the wildest Halloween traditions around the world. “So boys and girls of every age Wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Don’t look away from the screen Cause it’s time for Halloween!”   Trick or treat – Halloween – The spooky season Beans of the dead – Italy The Halloween festivals begin on October 31st and go through November 2nd to include the Italian “All Souls Day”. Italy has the finest Halloween hype with places like Corinaldo. It’s a medieval town that is known as the Italian Capital of Halloween and features spooky attractions as well as a festival of fire, lights and music. Halloween in Corinaldo, Italy Halloween in Corinaldo You can also visit the Capuchin Crypt in Palermo which is decorated with 4,000 skeletons’ worth of bones. It is a bone-chilling scene for anyone who wants to enjoy a scary Italian Halloween. Capuchin Crypt in Palermo, Italy Yet the “fave dei morti” or beans of the dead have the spookiest story. Those delicious fava bean-shaped sugar cookies are eaten during the Italian “Day of the Dead” due to the ancient belief that souls of the dead settled in fava beans. This opens a gate between the worlds of the living and the dead.It’s a little odd to eat a cookie for a chitty chat with the dead, but it’s quite a delicious way to do it 😋 “fave dei morti” – Halloween in Italy “Jack-o-lanterns” – Ireland Many Halloween traditions are Irish as Halloween originated in Ireland. These include the Celtic festival of Samhain. It was a day when the portal between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its weakest and the spirits were stuck between the two worlds. Irish immigrants exported Halloween festivals abroad. The “Jake-o-lantern” is the most significant Irish Halloween tradition. An Irish legend claims that a deceiving man called “Jake” managed to trick the devil himself. When Jack died, neither heaven nor hell welcomed him. The devil gave Jack’s lost soul only one little spark in a scooped carrot with which he had to move through the complete darkness as he got stuck between the lands of the living and dead for eternity. So, the Irish used carrots for their first lanterns. On arriving in America, they found lots of pumpkins which are much better for making the lanterns. Thus, the current “Jack-o-lanterns” are made out of pumpkins with lights inside US HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS SCULPTURES Keep your knives away – Germany The “Allerheiligentag” or “All Saints’ Day” in Germany is celebrated on October 31. Going along with the belief that dead relatives visit their families on Halloween, Germans hide all the knives in their homes to make sure the ghosts don’t hurt themselves. A scarier version of the story claims that dead relatives are holding a grudge and would use the knives against the living if presented with the chance.   Empty Chairs – Czech Republic Halloween in the Czech Republic is a little bit different from the usual known festivals. People there neither put on costumes nor go trick and treating. The 2nd of November is called the “Commemoration of All the Departed”. Czechs celebrate the memory of deceased relatives on that day. They visit their relatives’ graveyards and decorate the graves by bringing flowers and lighting candles in their memory. Czechs will traditionally gather around the fireplace on the evening of November the 2nd and set an empty chair for each dead relative believing that the dead relative will be spending that evening with his family on that particular chair. It’s quite a sentimental Halloween! Commemoration of All the Departed – Halloween in Czech Republic Finding true love – Scotland Scottish Halloween around the 1800s was quite the holiday for single people. They traditionally peeled an apple around Halloween. The peel must be kept as one long strip. Then they used to toss the peel over their shoulder. If the peel landed in the shape of a letter, it would be the initial of the future spouse. Another Halloween tradition for single ladies was to stare at a glass mirror in a dark room and they would see the face of their future husband. Current Halloween candy treats might be related to the Scottish myth claiming that if a woman ate a dessert of sugary walnuts and hazelnuts before going to sleep on Halloween, she would dream of…. Well I think you guessed it, her future husband of course. Halloween in Scotland was like having Tinder in the 1800s! A card depicts the tradition of looking at a mirror on Halloween Like this:Like Loading... [...] Read more...
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