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Cookies, scary masks and generous cats: what’s your Christmas like?

Cookies, scary masks and generous cats: what’s your Christmas like?

Christmas, culture, Lifestyle, UK, World
Christmas is celebrated differently around the world. How do your friends and family celebrate the most wonderful time of the year? Many of us have grown up with the idea of Christmas with decorating the Christmas tree, hanging up stockings, and leaving cookies and milk for Santa, who comes down the fireplace and leaves you presents. The worldwide idea of celebrating the holiday is coming to the tree with presents on Christmas morning and opening them with your family. However, Christmas has different kinds celebrations around the world, ranging from familial to national traditions. For example, Santa is not celebrated in Austria at all; in fact, he is quite the opposite of a jolly plump man with a huge beard and wearing red clothes. In Austria, Santa’s evil accomplice Krampus g
Who does history belong to?

Who does history belong to?

art, culture, Exhibition, Lifestyle, World
The Italian Supreme Court has ruled that the J. Paul Getty Museum must return a 2,000 year old statue originally found off the coast of Italy — potentially setting a precedent around historical artefacts and who they belong to. In 1977, a statue named Victorious Youth was bought by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for 4 million USD (£3.1m). But over 40 years after this statue made its way to the United States, Italy’s supreme court is demanding its return. Victorious Youth was originally found off the coast of Pesaro by Italian fishermen. Since its discovery in 1964, it was sold several times before it arrived in the Getty museum. But the Italian supreme court claims that the statue was smuggled out of the country and therefore illegally procured by the Getty Museum. However,
Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Culture, Design, Featured, Lifestyle, photography, Society
Whether it’s an art exhibition, a new restaurant, or an inner-city festival, it appears that London’s cultural institutions must now cater to the like-seeking social media space first and foremost. In a city with more than enough foodies to fill seats, if your new restaurant lacks Instagram appeal — be that the food or the décor — it’s unlikely to get much in the way of footfall. It’s often seen by businesses as a platform for free promotion, but is the price of success a sacrifice at the Instagram altar? To some, it’s not seen as a sacrifice, especially if it boosts business and tourism. But are we conceding some of the uniqueness of London by applying the same cookie cutter social media aesthetics as other global cities to our art and public spaces? In the restaurant busines
The real India: Illiteracy, culture and hope

The real India: Illiteracy, culture and hope

culture, Culture, Feminism, Lifestyle, Travel
What comes to your mind when you think of India? Taj Mahal, and the Himalayas; novels by renowned authors like Chetan Bhagat and home to world’s most beautiful and cultural resorts, perhaps. India, without a doubt, has a beautiful culture and heritage. Different states offer unique and diverse forms of culture like musical heritage, sculpturing, traditional beliefs, dances, food, languages, and festivals. The state of Rajasthan, for example, follows the principle ‘Attithi Devo bhavo’ which means treat your guests as you would treat God. Being ruled by many rulers in the past, each region in Rajasthan has its own folk culture. As a tourist, you will find a variety of food you need to try. The state itself is known for its spices and sweetness. One particular dish called ‘dalbati’
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