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  • About International Women's Day (8 March)

    About International Women's Day (8 March)

    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

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  • Malaysia must move beyond archaic gender norms

    Malaysia must move beyond archaic gender norms

    It’s a tough life being a woman in Malaysia. Not only are we supposed to conform to gender norms, but also expectations on how to be ourselves based on cultural and religious expectations. Almost always, however, all these expectations are based on patriarchal leanings on...

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  • Concern, anguish as dowry-related abuse rises in Nepal

    Concern, anguish as dowry-related abuse rises in Nepal

    Five years after his eldest daughter married, Nawal Paswan, 41, is still paying off interest on a hefty loan of Rs 300,000 (US$3,000) for the dowry. Paswan, a construction worker from southern Nepal where the dowry system is rampant, had to give cash and gifts to the groom...

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  • Over a cup of tea: Reminiscing the rich culture we have

    Over a cup of tea: Reminiscing the rich culture we have

    A day cannot begin, nor progress nor end without tea in Pakistan. Whether it’s the start of the day or work time, a cup of tea can refresh one. A day is just not complete without tea. What better than the ‘Kashmiri Chai’, also known as ‘Pink Tea’ ...

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  • Temple to the Whale God is a museum of gigantic skeletons

    Temple to the Whale God is a museum of gigantic skeletons

    Have you ever been to a museum showcasing gigantic skeletons of whales? The southern central province of Binh Thuan is home to famous landscapes, such as the ancient tower Po Sha Inu, the Ong Hoang (Prince) Palace, the Ta Cu Mountain and ...

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  • Thai Spirit Houses 'sanphaphoom'

    Thai Spirit Houses 'sanphaphoom'

    Spirit houses are small building which looks like a miniature Thai house or Buddhist temple standing on a column or stand and can be found outside most houses, restaurants, businesses and hotels in Thailand.

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  • Christian Halloween Alternatives

    Christian Halloween Alternatives

    Many Christians choose not to observe Halloween. As one of the most popular holidays in our culture—for some more celebrated than Christmas—it can present a challenge for Christian families, especially when children are involved. Although I won't discuss...

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  • ABC's of Rosh Hashanah

    ABC's of Rosh Hashanah

    A handy checklist of everything you need to know for the New Year.

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  • Jews don’t say

    Jews don’t say "Happy New Year"

    Ever notice that Jews don’t traditionally wish each other “happy new year”? Instead we say the Hebrew phrase “shanah tovah” which — in spite of the mistaken translation that appears on almost all greeting cards ...

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  • The environmental impact of traditional Chinese religion

    The environmental impact of traditional Chinese religion

    In the thousands of years of its history, Chinese religion and culture have evolved and integrated to become what they are today: A tradition that is part of the daily life of a typical Chinese individual.

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  • Sharmapa’s cremation

    Sharmapa’s cremation

    The reservations against the cremation of Tibetan religious guru Shamar Rinpoche, the lineage holder of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, on Nepali soil are understandable. First, as he is not a Nepali national the state is under no legal obligation....

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  • Religious Literacy: Knowledge vs. Understanding

    Religious Literacy: Knowledge vs. Understanding

    Religious literacy is important to me. It drives my commitment to interfaith and to education; it is essential to progressing into a more understanding and empathetic world. I catch myself giving impromptu lectures - it’s my soapbox speech, and I’ve got ...

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  • Food for thought – Hotel Michelangelo

    Food for thought – Hotel Michelangelo

    Built in 1959 for the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, 4-star Hotel Michelangelo (Via della Stazione di San Pietro 14), like “La Vittoria” and “Il Cantico” (reviewed in the previous two issues of Inside the Vatican) is on the Trastevere side of St. Peter’s Square...

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  • Proclamation of Victory (Binh Ngo Dai Cao)

    Proclamation of Victory (Binh Ngo Dai Cao)

    So filthy were their acts that the water of the Eastern Sea was not enough, to wash off the smell. Bamboo of the Southern Mountain did not suffice to count their crimes. Men and God felt indignant toward them! Nobody from heaven or on earth would forgive them...

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  • Rock Me to Sleep

    Rock Me to Sleep

    Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, Make me a child again just for tonight! Mother, come back from the echoless shore, Take me again to your heart as of yore; Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care, ...

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  • Easter 2014: How is it Celebrated Around the World?

    Easter 2014: How is it Celebrated Around the World?

    The tradition of giving chocolate eggs and decorating real eggs is ancient and pre-dates Christian customs. Engraved ostrich eggs more than 60,000 years old have been discovered in Africa and representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver were commonly placed in the graves of ancient Sumerians and Egyptians 5,000 years ago.

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  • Holy Week Preparation

    Holy Week Preparation

    Holy Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our family. Preparing for Christmas, especially when we have to plan celebrations for both sides of the family and possible travel is also busy, but it never reaches the level ...

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  • Do not go into the garden, Jesus

    Do not go into the garden, Jesus

    Do not go into the garden, Oh! Jesus, do not go into the garden before dawn! But if I do not go into the garden in the dead of night, who will lead you to the sunrise of Paradise?

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  • Discovering Jewish History on the Golan Heights

    Discovering Jewish History on the Golan Heights

    What the archaeological remains of an ancient Jewish settlement tells us about Jewish life more than a millennium ago—and life in Israel today. The early morning air was crisp with a calming scent, and as the sun settled over the basalt plateaus to the east,

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  • Sukkoth: The Jewish Feasts - The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

    Sukkoth: The Jewish Feasts - The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

    The Feast of Tabernacles, also called Booths, comes on the fifteenth of Tishri (September-October), the seventh month according to the Jewish (biblical) calendar. This was the third feast that required a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship in the Temple and offer ...

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  • Japanese artwork exhibition gives taste of old and new

    Japanese artwork exhibition gives taste of old and new

    An art exhibition featuring Japanese modern art as well as chuusen, a fading traditional dyeing and weaving method of Japan, is scheduled to open on 3 April in the capital city.

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  • Art show celebrates creativity with do paper

    Art show celebrates creativity with do paper

    Various contemporary art forms inspired by the Vietnamese do (poonah) paper will be showcased at Hanoi Rock City this Sunday to celebration of the traditional material.

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  • Tomorrow I'm going

    Tomorrow I'm going

    Tomorrow I'm going... It's no big a deal, It happens all the time, like fallen leaves in the park, Like flowers driven by winds onto the sidewalk...

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  • The drum skin ripping festival celebrates couples’ love

    The drum skin ripping festival celebrates couples’ love

    A traditional festival, “Dap trong dem trang” (Banging on drums to rip its skin on a moon-lit night) of Ma Coong ethnic minority people in north-central Quang Binh province, stands out from others as it provides a chance for local youths to search for their soul mates.

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  • La Barque de ma vie - Tagore

    La Barque de ma vie - Tagore

    Je meurs dans la plénitude, A répondu ma vie. La terre m’a dit : mes lumières baisent tes pensées à ton heure.

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  • Wealth of a nation

    Wealth of a nation

    They echo tales and legends from long, long ago that help define a nation’s history and culture. A total of 37 antiques, many dating back to the Bronze Age, were recognized by the Vietnamese government as national treasures on...

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  • Say I love you in many languages

    Say I love you in many languages

    If you have been in love then you might be quite sure of the fact that love sees no bounds. However at times language might pose as a serious threat to the aspiring lovers, who are boiling with the passion of love yet lack the courage to say those magical words. Wooing your partner with...

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  • Tet in Old Saigon

    Tet in Old Saigon

    Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its old name Saigon, is welcoming another Lunar New Year. But what did Tet, Vietnam's biggest festival, look like early last century?

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  • Spring!

    Spring!

    Spring! How wonderful is the Spring! How majestic is the Spring! How fantastic is the

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  • The meaning of TET

    The meaning of TET

    For three days, one takes extra care not to show anger and not to be rude to people. The most nagging mother-in-law will make peace with her daughter-in-law; a quarreling couple will smile pleasantly at each other; the new world should be the best of worlds.

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