UNUSUAL TRADITIONS

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Why it is so difficult to find blinds in other countries?

When I have travelled abroad, blinds are one of the things that I miss the most, because I need darkness to sleep well.

I have been looking up information on the internet and I have found some reasons.

In the first place, the countries that are situated to the North of Spain have a lower intensity of light because they are further from the Ecuador, so the light is less annoying.

Another important factor is the cultural gap. People in France, Britain and Germany love to wake up with the first lights of the day, because it is more natural, but it is also true that they start to work earlier than us and there is not much light at these hours.

Changing the subject, there is a thing that I do not understand. As we have seen, it is not usual to see blinds in other countries but some people buy sleeping masks, so I think that there is a small rebellion against the sun in the morning.

In my opinion and to conclude, I have to say that blinds are very useful to have a good rest at night and to prevent that your neighbor stares at you while you are at home, because I must admit that it is customary in Spain to be a bit  gossip.

Furthermore, we need blinds to sleep the siesta in the middle of the day without interruptions.

LAURA ÁLVAREZ ACUÑA

Unusual laws from Singapore

In 1992, Singapore’s government tried to keep clean the streets. Chewing gums glued to the floor were a problem because it was very expensive to clean them. For this reason, they decided to forbid chewing gum. Nowadays, the law is still active. If you sell chewing gum, you will go to prison a maximum of two years. If you only chew the chewing gum, you have to pay a big fine. You only can buy nicotine chewing gum with prescription if you are giving up smoking.

The second law is also about Singapore. Pornography is illegal in Singapore and the government blocks the most of the pornography sites on the Internet. For this reason, you mustn’t walk naked in your house. The government thinks if your neighbours see you naked in your house, they will feel annoyed. It’s illegal because it is considered pornography.

MARINA ANEIROS GAYOL

Dubai's Laws

Dubai has a well-mannered code. This guide lay down standards for social, ethics and mutual respect. Dubai's culture is rooted in Arabic and Islamic tradition so that they must obey the Sharia Law or more popularly knows as Islamic law. For that reason, The United Arabic Emirates system law is by far harder and more different than the Spanish.The code forbids public display affect, for example giving a kiss in public. Therefore, if someone breaks this rule,he can end in jail. In addition if you are unfaithful, both members of the couple will be stoned until death. Even though, they do not have sex contact they will get one hundred lashes.Another law gap between us, is the law about drink alcohol due to the fact The Sharia Law. If you have in mind travelling to Dubai you must ask for a license to buy alcohol there. If local people drink alcohol, they can be punished with eighty lashes. Conversely, if you drink alcohol outside the places designed to do that, you can be deported besides to paying a fine.

It's amazing how a simple action for us can affect our lives because of our ignorance about laws in differentcountries.

María Pubillones Fernández.

S.FERMIN FESTIVAL

History.Origens.Old times.

    The origen of San Fermin Festival dates back to Middle Ages,and it is related to three celebrations;religious,trade fairs and bullfaith.It was around 12th century.

In 1591 S.Fermin Festival took place on October 10th,but in the  beginning of XVII century people transfer The Fiesta to July because of the bad weather in October.

Chronicles from the 17th century tell us of religious events and music with Giants and Bigheads,which took over the streets in Pamplona during the festivities.

At the end of 19th century the need for leading the bulls from the land to the bullring gave rise to the bullrunning;currently the central event in S:Fermin Festival.Every morning at eight o'clock,six bulls and six cows run behind a crowd of young people.

  In the 20th century  S.Fermin Festival becomes more and more famous after the publication "The Sun Also Rises" written by Ernest Hemingway,who won the Nobel Prize in 1954.Readers around the world discovered S.Fermin Festival.

I would like to point out that I enjoy S: Fermin Festival,but not the last part-bullfaith.I cannot stand bullfaith.I agree with people who say "You run, bulls die".

Carmen Díaz.

•TO GET TO KNOW PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD

The aim of this presentation is to explain some of the different ways to get know people around the World.

Let´s to start for the first contact when you have to introduce yourself to someone. We are going to see how countries that apparently have the same culture, also have so many differences. In Spain we give two kisses, between the women and also men-women , whereas among men they just do a handshake. . Then in the rest of the countries it is not common at all the idea of giving kisses at the first contact , they usually start with a handshake and, as you get more confidence you give one kiss. In Italy is common that men kiss each others. As a curiosity in Italy they give the kisses starting fron¡m the right cheek, whereas in trhe rest of the world it is from the left check.

Now I am going to talk about the difference atmospheres and routines that people around the world have. In Europe, countries as Spain, Italy or France have more or less the same culture, that’s why at the time of get to know people, it is really common go clubbing, whereas also in Europe people fron countries of central Europe prefer just to go to a bar and drink beer, creating an atmosphere more calm. In addition, I United States it is really common the idea of making the party at home , above all for the youngest, because they are not allowed to get into the disco until the age of 21.

Finally I would like to remark, that all of the precious examples are sterotypes, obviously always depends on the person

Remedios Gámez
Prohibited to take an armor

To take an armor inside the Houses of the Parliament. The same Statute of 1313 that prohibits to take an armor says also that nobody can enter with weapon to the Parliament.

Prohibited to die in the Parliament of United Kingdom.

Apparently, the norm has some justification. It seems to be that the British Parliament is lodged in a Royal palace. If give you to dying in his interior you should know that, technically, you will have right to a funeral of State. Because of it, the ushers will take full speed of the enclosure to whom, suddenly, suffers some weakness or disconfort.

To shoot a cannon near the house of someone.

Law of the Metropolitan Police of 1839, say that if you shoot a firearm "of major calibre that a common shotgun" in an area of 300 yardsticks near a housing, you will have tu pay a fine of 200 £.

Is not allowed to be drunk inside a pub.

Technically, the Law of Licenses of 1872 establishes that is illegal that the owner of the pub allows to someone getting drunk there. Also is illegal to buy drinks for someone who already goes of side. This law is, posibly, de most unfulfilled law of the planet.

Upside-down a stamp

In the United Kingdom, is considered to be an act of perfidy to put upside-down a stamp of post office in which there appears an image of the British monarchy.

Festivals: Holi Party

Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for two days starting on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Bikram Sambat Hindu Calendar month of Falgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. It is celebrated at the approach of the vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date, which is determined by the Hindu calendar, varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar, typically coming in March, sometimes in February. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin and Nepalese diaspora. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire where people gather, do religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil should be destroyed as the bonfire starts. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi - a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.

There is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi is celebrated as a festival of colours. The word "Holi" originates from "Holika", the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. The festival itself is believed to have origins from the Prahladpuri Temple of Multan in the Punjab region. The original temple of Prahladpuri is said to have been built by Prahlada, Hiranyakashipu's son.

King Hiranyakashipu, according to legend, was the King of Multan and had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. He grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.

Hiranyakashipu's own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika, Prahlada's evil aunt, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada, who survived while Holika burned. Seeing this, Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashed a pillar with his mace. There was a tumultuous sound, and Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika. The next day, when the fire had cooled down, people applied ash to their foreheads, a practice still observed by some people. Eventually, coloured powder came to be used to celebrate Holi.

Jorge García Alvite.

Wherever you live...

Probably.., you are going to need some kind of house to do it.

You can start looking through the picture below, do you imagine yourself living there?

Are you a risky person? (personally, I love steel + concrete).

But, this was about unusual (vs usual) traditions, so, when our teacher Cristina proposed us doing this activity, this is what "House & Home Team“ had in mind: Unusual Houses and Behaviors all over the World.

First of all, we started looking up information on the internet about different kinds of houses and buildings. Outside and inside, because we also looked into about the behavior and good manners of people around the world, when they are at home. Some results were surprising...

Did you know about "horreos“ or Amazon buildings?

Have you ever heard about floating, transparent or Eco houses?

Being polite with your new neighbors comes naturally to you? Or you find it weary..?

Are you a hospitable person? (too hospitable perhaps..? because you are always worried about your guests, or you always stare at their faces waiting for a thumb up when they are tasting your food..? ).

So, getting to the point, we want you to do something. We want you to think about your dream house, how is it?

You need to take your mind off mortgages, do not worry at all about money or how expensive your dream house could be, just imagine where you would love to live.

You can tell us, if you want to (and if you know the answer).

Bye bye,

Pablo Menéndez-Conde Rodríguez.

Party of the Bun

The party of the bun has its origin in late nineteenth century, in 1893, being a manifestation of living together and celebrating the arrival of the Spring and the end of the Easter week.

It was declared party of interest national in the year 1972. The name of the party comes from its components, a biscuit in the form of four clover leaves, called bun.

On Easter Sunday godparents give away their godsons with a bun corresponding to the palm received on the day of palm. The bun is made with butter, flour, eggs and sugar.

Both, Sunday and Monday there is a broad parade in the mainly streets of the city, with floats, giant heady, music bands and folk groups. The floats are usually about allegorical reasons to spring or elements or monuments representative to the city. Children are sitting on the floats wearing typical costumes.

Easter Monday is the big day. There is a multitudinous outdoor meal. Along the streets, this year there was an average of 20.000 people, sharing chatting and homemade food, or food bought in a restaurant, but for eating on the street. It is customary also to drink lots of cider.

The most young people choose the city parks to celebrate their food, taking the grass as table and seat.

PAZ CORDO

Curiosities of Swedish homes

In the buildings, Swedes has a common basement where they save their bicycles, and community washing machine to use them in turns and sometimes gym machines.

Also they have particular basement for each floor of the building and there they save the wheels of summer/winter, the suitcases, the skies, etc.

And of course, the classic Swedes desing: white walls, white furniture with white and living colours in the decoration and the absence of curtains.

Curiosities of Korean homes

Curiosities of Korean homes

In the Korean homes, the do not have corridor (the do not know that word) son the entrances it is connected with the kitchen or the leaving room.

They use a big windows to use more natural light as possible (and for the rooms looks bigger) and in the bathrooms do not have bathtub o cabine shower.

Curiosities of American (USA) homes

Curiosities of American (USA) homes

First rule: With the number of bedrooms you need the same number of bathrooms and maybe wardrobes.

The USA people like big houses and they love (someones) that ones built with wood.

They organized everything to the guest, the principal living room on the front part of the houses.

Curiosities of Indian Homes

Curiosities of Indian homes

The Indian houses have a special rooms from the Family Idol, the must pray it
twice perday.

The Windows of the womens bedrooms must look to the backyard because the Indian culture believe that decent woman have not to look outside

Curiosities of Japanese Homes

The traditional Japanese house has not designated a utility for each room apart from the entrance, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. This means that any other rooms can be a leavingroom, a bedroom or a studio.

The door are not to open, the Japanese house have sliding doors of wood and paper, in some of the rooms the walls can be take apart to become two rooms in one bigger in case you have guests. Outside of all the rooms and stairs (in case of two floors) are connected with a corridor.

The reason why the Japanese people leave the shoes in the entrances it is because to avoid to put inside the house the dirt and humidity comes home. The entance in many cases is asphalt.

Gonzalo Pérez Artime

LAW

To live in society our activities must be regulated in one way or another. This rules of behaviour get that our rights can be respected and protected. That what laws have been created for, but there are many countries where laws prohibit and punish habitual behaviours. This is possible because in countries such us EEUU, each state has its own jurisdiction, so they are able to write and aprove their own laws, no matter how absurd they could be. Let´s see some of them

ALASKA

In the state of Alaska, while it is legal to shoot bears, waking up a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photo is prohibited

FLORIDA

A special law in Florida prohibits unmarried women form parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest fine and/or jailing  

MITCHIGAN

In Mitchigan state, women aren´t  allowed to cut her own hair without their husbands permission

LOUISIANA

In this state if you biting someone with your natural teeth  is ¨simple assault¨, while biting someone with your false teeth is ¨agraveted assault¨

MAUD MIRANDA FERNÁNDEZ

GOOD MANNERS AT HOME
ALL AROUND THE WORLD

We have seen different types of houses, attending to their caracteristics, structure and location all around the world. But not only houses are different. What people consider good manners at home changes in each country.

If we are invited to visit a japanese home, we should bear in mind that we must arrive just five minutes later, and when our host tell us we can enter, we should take off our shoes and wear slippers.

Table manners are different too. If we are going to dinner noddles we must slurping them, yes slurp, because it means that you really love what you are eating. In the same way finish all the food on your plate means it was delicious. But...be careful! because in other asian countries let your plate clean means that you want a second helping.

Asian culture and Western culture are very different, and in the middle is Indian culture that is a mix of both.

Ana Santos


Festivals

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

Are you fond of hunting?

Because I want to talk to you about a peculiar hunting. The cheese hunt. Have you Heard about Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake?

This festival is one of the oldest traditions of the United Kingdom. The first references writen date of 1836. It takes place every year on the hill of Mount Cooper, in Gloucesterchine, to 40 minutes from Oxford.

It consists of throwing, from the top of the hill, a double cheede Gloucester, with a weight of 7 pound (about 4 kilos). Hunters or runners should get behind it, down the hill running, rolling, falling down, ... Do it as best you can¡

And the first person to catch the cheese or reach the finish line, wins the cheese.

It seems really fun, isn't it? Yes, I think the same, but only if you are a spectator.

We could say that the race is a matter of life or death, because the hill is very steep and it is very easy to lose balance and begin to roll and roll. Who is the rolling object, cheese or man? It is very dangerous, falls and injuries are common among runners.

If you do not want to miss this peculiar festival the next event will be on Monday, 29th of May, 2017.

I would like to go, but I do not think I can. But I am not going to miss the cheese and wine fair of Avilés, right here.

Because better tan to see some crazy people running down hill behind a cheese, is to eating a good cheese and drinking a good wine with your relatives or friends.

Sandra López