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Sunday, 2 October 2016

2 October 2016. It’s Rosh Hashanah… The Start of the High Holy Days

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Today is the start of Rosh Hashanah (commonly called “Jewish New Year”)… the beginning of the High Holy Days that end with Yom Kippur (that’s 11/12 October this year). Except for Pesach (Passover), this is the holiest time of the Jewish liturgical year… Chanukah doesn’t even come close. If your Jewish friends or coworkers need a hand during this period, give it to them! It’s a hectic time of year for them. Do whatever good that you can do for them with a good heart, expecting nothing in return (“Yes, I WILL have some of the honey cake and Carmel wine… thank you, very much!”). We’re Christians; that’s what we do.

One last thing… remember the words of a humble Greek country pappas during the German occupation in World War II… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We should have the same attitude. Respect others and their faiths… full stop. That IS our duty as Christians. If we fail to honour that, we’re no Christians, and I’m not afraid to say so. I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that way…


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

13 January 2016. Tomorrow is the “Old” New Year!

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To the Old New Year!


Tomorrow, 14 January, is the Old New Year. No, that’s not a contradiction in terms… it’s 1 January on the Julian Calendar. Therefore, for some Russians, it’s time for ROUND TWO of New Year’s celebrations! We’re in the midst of the Svyatki between Christmas and Epiphany (which is next Tuesday, 19 January). It’s a time to feast, feast, feast… and I, Tyotya Vara, will carve the roast beast!

Pass the jug and cheer… did you really need an excuse to do that?


Saturday, 9 January 2016

9 January 2016. Translated Russian Demot… Could You Tell Me What Ded Moroz Brought for You?

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

3 January 2016. Ded Moroz as You’ve Never Seen Him Before!

00 BelTA Infographics. The Differences Between Ded Moroz and Santa Claus. 2011



Dede’s got MOVES… now, how’s that for ya?


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