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The Joy behind Powder Day Celebration

The Powder Day (Vermont)

The Powder Day (Vermont)
The Powder Day (Vermont)

The Powder day has different significance in different parts of the world. Let’s check it out! It is often said, there’s no business like snow business. A perfect place to spend holidays is on hill station. Now this is not only for the newly married honeymoon couples but there is a lot more for the people craving for thrill and adventure. Every day is a powder day for shredders and skiers as the saying goes, “no friends on a powder day.” Just pack your bags to the mountains covered with snow, 24*7 hours, to enjoy the essence of the Powder Day Celebration. Many places celebrate Powder Day for example Vail, Vermont etc. These places cover almost all the skiing events. Two popular types of skiing are:-

a. Alpine Skiing:-

  • Extreme skiing

  • Freeriding

  • Newschool skiing

  • Freestyle skiing

b. Nordic Skiing

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Backcountry skiing

  • Biathlon

  • Disabled Nordic skiing

  • Nordic combined

The Powder Day (Spain)

Nowadays, the Powder Day Celebration involves throwing talcum powder irrespective of the gender or origin. People keep throwing powder till the other person is completely covered with it. Number of visitors come to Tolox to participate in this peculiar fiesta. According to the statistics, up to 3,000 kilograms of talcum powder is known to have thrown all over the village. According to a chronicler, there was a bitter argument and fight between a Moorish and Christian girl. They both loved same man. These girls worked at bakery and ended up throwing flour at each other.

The Powder Day (Spain)
The Powder Day (Spain)

Later on the custom evolved of young men asking their girlfriends to throw flour at them if they agreed to the marriage proposal. The girls who rejected the proposal use to lock themselves in their homes. The closed doors and windows indicated that the proposal has been rejected. Keen guys had to yet work smartly either by climbing their roof of their houses or breaking the window and then dust his beloved face with flour to prove their love. This was a way of winning the heart of a girl symbolically.

The Colored Powder Day/Holi (India)

Holi or the The Colored Powder festival is one of the major festivals of India and is the most vibrant and colorful of all the Indian fests. The joys of Powder Day Celebration knows no bound. Holi symbolizes the dawn of the spring season. It is celebrated in many parts of South Asia, covering Nepal as well. The Holi celebration start with a Holika bonfire, which is held on the night before Holi. The coming morning is free for all carnival of colors. People are involved in merry making by applying colored powder at each others face, hair, everywhere, conditions applied, errr!!!. Everyone plays and chases each other with dry powder and colored water. Some also carry water colors guns and small colorful water filled balloons.

The Colored Powder Day/Holi (India)
The Colored Powder Day/Holi (India)

People sing and dance on the regional or Bollywood songs with the local drink called, “bhaang”. Bhaang is a popular intoxicating drink. It is made up of cannabis leaves. It may have whole spices, poppy seeds, watermelon seeds and rose petals to bring variation in the recipe. Gujiya is served as any festival is incomplete without dessert. Gujiya is a sumptuous cuisine of North India especially Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. “Dhol” or drum adds to the party mood. So rock and roll on the rhythm of “dhol”!!

Christmas in London 2013

We may be a small country but we’re a great one too: the country of Shakespeare, Churchill, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham’s right foot… David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.

– Hugh Grant in Love Actually

And, what can be the best time to come to London than Christmas. Plan to spend Christmas in London. There’s plenty of Christmas fun and frolics to keep kids, young and old entertained, as the atmosphere of a lovely Christmas is in the air. There is much to explore and experience. Following are the exciting things to do in Christmas in London:

Westminster Abbey:

Pack inside one of London’s most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the center of royal and religious life in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror who was crowned here on Christmas Day 1066, following the successful Norman invasion of the British Isles. More recently, it was where Prince William and Catherine Middleton chose to get married. It’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about in the sea of commercialization, but sitting in the majestic history of the Abbey’s nave will help remind you of the religious message. These awe-inspiring surroundings provide a striking backdrop for an evening of lessons and carols. Best to book in for the Services of Lessons & Carols on Monday 23rd December at 6pm and Christmas Eve at 4pm which are especially popular and require (free) tickets.

Tower of London:

It is the season to be jolly and where better to spend this festive season than at the Tower of London. This medieval fortress will be alive over the Christmas period with an array of events to keep the whole family entertained. From Christmas festivities with the king to ice skating in the moat there is no better time to visit this historic royal palace.

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to skate in the Tower of London’s 1000 year old moat. Spectacular in the winter morning sun or beautifully illuminated after dark. Join in the heart of the City with colleagues, clients, friends or family for a special experience on the ice this Christmas.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013

Hyde Park gets glammed up once again with its annual Christmassy additions. The park will be kitted out with rides and attractions, including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses, plus the famous ice rink. The market sells decorative sweets and festive treats as well as traditional German crafts and lashings of glühwein.

Fleet Street Carols

Welcome Christmas in a traditional style with carols – led by Director of Music Robert Jones and the St Bride’s Choir – at the wonderful ‘journalists’ church’ on Fleet Street. There will be a Christmas tree and candles, as well as mulled wine and mince pies.

Ice Skating at The Natural History Museum

With its grand Christmas tree, festive music and Christmas market stalls, ice skating at The Natural History Museum is certain to get you in the festive spirit. Grab a group of friends and combine a day of history with a night of fun on the ice.

Meet Santa at London Zoo- Regent’s Park

Ever fancied getting up close and personal with Rudolph or Dasher or Blitzen? Well now you can at the reindeer lodge at Regent’s Park. And finish off a magical day with a trip around Santa’s grotto. Also included in the Meet Santa experience, kids will be able to lend a hand at the daily Keeper’s Little Helpers sessions, where they’ll be preparing treats and presents for the Zoo’s animals before settling down for storytelling with Mother Christmas.

Half way down Oxford Street you can take a right on to Regent Street and visit the legendary Hamleys toy shop. Join in the Christmas magic by having Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Tea, High Tea or Dinner with Father Christmas! Father Christmas’ Elves will welcome guests, making them feel extra special and entertaining them throughout! There will be scrumptious food and Christmas activities to enjoy. Each little guest will have an individual chat with Father Christmas, hearing tales of Lapland and magical stories of Christmas. Then, when it’s time for Father Christmas to leave, his special guests will receive a small gift to take home.

The Nutcracker – Royal Opera House

Visit one of the best-loved ballet productions to really get you in the mood. The Nutcracker comes back to the capital every year and tells the story of Clara, who creeps downstairs one Christmas Eve to find that her toys have come to life.

Cruise down the River Thames on Christmas Day and see London at its most peaceful! Gliding past top London attractions, like the London Eye and Big Ben, you’ll experience the city free from its normal crowds. A truly elegant way to spend Christmas, the cruise takes you along the river from Westminster Pier to Greenwich and then back again while you relax in style with a sumptuous 3-course Christmas lunch.

Escape the hustle and bustle of London on Boxing Day — the hectic shopping day after Christmas — and take a day trip to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford to immerse yourself in England’s rich beauty, history and culture. On this Boxing Day tour, travel back to medieval times as you explore Warwick Castle and then visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see the home of William Shakespeare and enjoy a traditional English lunch. Journey through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and finish with a tour of historic Oxford, home to world-famous Oxford University and a major filming site for the Harry Potter films.

 

The Winter Universiade…

It all started when competitive games were taking its baby steps. Directed by Father of Modern Olympics “Baron Pierre de Coubertin”, the first of international sports were conducted by USA, France and Switzerland thereby giving a kick-start to the History Of Universiades (1905).

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The Winter Universiade 2013 stands second to none other than Olympic Games- the most reputed and victorious of all games. Promoting the strength of human spirit and nationalism, Winter Universiades are held every two years. And this time, the host country is none other than the Romantic Italy.

Trentino (where the universiade has been organised this year) is located in Northern Italy. It is said to be accompanied with high infrastructure facilities, holding experiences in hosting sports events as well. The city’s strength includes its hospitality, environmental quality of the territory and a University of its own. Many venues have been booked to host a variety of sport events at Trentino, Italy. Baselga Di Pine has been booked for speed skating and curling, Monte Bondone for Snowboarding and freestyle skiing, Pergine Valsugana for Ice Hockey, Val Di passa for Alpine Skiing to name a few. Gear yourself up for the ExpeDiction of venues and sports attractions.

Universiades are cultural sport events held every two years in different nations. The multi-sport event to be held this year in Trentino, Italy starts from 11th dec till 21st dec. The cultural programme is also familiar as XXVI Winter Universiade. Universiades are a mish-mash of university and olympiad outlining all multi-sport festivals underneath it. All international level games/events/programmes get conducted by FISU (International University Sports Federation).

The Universiades are seen as the biggest global multi-faceted festival for students/athletes across the globe. To seek that recognition on international level, all competitors get pumped up for 11 days of sport competitions. Cheers and roarings of 1,500-3,000 volunteers accompanied by more than 2,500 participants from 50 countries broadcasted by 100 TV Channels.

The programme currently includes 6 compulsory sports alongside 1-2 optional sports. The optional sports are chosen by the host country itself. The Winter Universiade 2013 Sports Programme grab hold of many Sports Activities. They are:

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Biathlon

  • Curling

  • Figure Skating

  • Freestyle Skiing

  • Cross country Skiing

  • Ice Hockey

  • Speed Skating

  • Skyjumping

  • Snowboarding

Out of hundred’s of international sport events taking place every year, Winter Universiade has it all. From Mountain World Bike Open Championship to Snowboard World Open Championship. So, why not take out some time from your schedules and catch ‘The 13th Winter Universiade’ at the natural environment of incomparable beauty- Trentino.