Archive for December, 2013


To an average African, the month of December means celebration, a season of fun, love sharing and merriment. Time to be spent with family, friends and love ones.  Family members abroad come home to spend the much celebrated holiday with families… Shopping is done for Christmas clothes, shoes, presents, Christmas trees and Christmas decorations.  Fun fairs are organized for kids, parties and get together are organized by companies to close up for the year. Colorful decorations are seen everywhere from companies to cinemas to churches to houses and many more. The streets are dazzling with vibrant adornment here and there.  Christmas carols services are held in many worship centers.

Christmas Day………
The much awaited Christmas day is here!  Top on the itinerary for the day is to attend the worship centers where much celebration would be done. Shouts of joy can be heard from such places and people are eager…

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Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the third century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today.

Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.

In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties.

From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.

Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.

The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith‘s 1607 Jamestown settlement.

Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.

The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.

Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May‘s imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.

Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.



About The Carnival

All about one of the most celebrated holidays with close to 1 million people in the festivities. From February 28th through 5th of March, 2014 the people of the “marvellous city” will be celebrating Rio Carnival 2014. The clarion call throughout the streets will be “Let’s Party” and hundreds of thousands of travelers will meet that call by flocking into Rio for this vibrant celebration. While the street parties themselves are enough to satisfy any reveler’s appetite there are still balls, parades and dance club celebrations to enjoy. Rio Carnival 2014 will culminate in a parade extravaganza unlike any other in the world.

Planning for Carnival

There will be so many events occurring during Rio Carnival 2014 it would be wise to plan your trip now as hotel space fills quickly and tickets to balls and parades are a hot commodity it is advisable to plan as early as possible.

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