Destination Jaipur, the Culture capital of India

 

Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India.
Jaipur has many cultural sites like Jawahar Kala Kendra formed by Architect Charles Correa and Ravindra Manch.
Jaipur has many traditional shops selling antiques and handicrafts. The prior rulers of Jaipur patronised a number of arts and crafts. They invited skilled artisans, artists and craftsmen from India and abroad who settled in the city. Some of the crafts include bandhani, block printing, stone carving and sculpture, tarkashi, zari, gota-patti, kinari and zardozi, silver jewellery, gems, kundan, meenakari and jewellery, Lakh ki Chudiya, miniature paintings, blue pottery, ivory carving, shellac work and leather ware.

The main language of Jaipur is Rajasthani. Dhundhari, Marwari, Hindi and English are also spoken in the city.

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New Yam Festival Of West Africa

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The New Yam Festival is an annual cultural festival by the Igbo people in the South Eastern regions of Nigeria held at the end of the rainy season in early August. 

The Iwa ji festival as it is called in some dialects is also practiced in Ghana and other African countries symbolizing the conclusion of a harvest and the beginning of the next work cycle.                          

The Celebration is a very culturally based occasion, tying individual Igbo communities together as essentially agrarian and dependent on yam.

The ceremony is marked by a lot of entertainment that includes cultural dances, fashion parades and Masquerade dances. The dish on this day is the new harvest of yam that is roasted and eaten with palm oil or pounded yam with a variety of native soups. 

This is day is also observed by the Igbo tribe throughout the whole world.

In Ghana, it is called Homowo and celebrated after the coming of the new moon in August marking the end of the cultivation season but timing varies. For instance, the Ashantis call theirs the Ashanti New Yam Festival and celebrate it between September and December.

Belgium Food Culture

 

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Belgium is widely known for its Chocolate, Waffles, fries, beer and chocolates which has proven to be one of Belgium’s major tourism. Chocolate factories and a chocolate museum are a must see tour while you are in Belgium. Cuisines have also influenced by neighboring France, Germany and Netherlands.

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Fine beers are seen by many as part of Belgian culture. One of the many beers with the high prestige is that of the Trappist monks. Technically, it is an ale and traditionally each abbey’s beer is served in its own glass (the forms, heights and widths are different). There are only seven breweries (six of them are Belgian) that are allowed to brew Trappist beer.

Belgian cuisine traditionally prizes regional and seasonal ingredients. Ingredients typical in Belgian dishes include potatoes, leeks, grey shrimp, white asparagus, Belgian endives and local beer, in addition to common European staples including meat, cheese and butter. Belgians typically eat three meals a day, with a light breakfast, medium or large-sized lunch and small dinner.

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Destination, Copenhagen

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Copenhagen is the most populous city and the capital of Denmark. It also serves as  the cultural hub of the Scandinavian country. Popular for its number of great gourmet cuisines, Copenhagen has 15 Michelin starred restaurants, the most in the region.

This beautiful destination also has bubbling nightlife with nightclubs and bars staying open until 6 am or longer. On the fashion scene, Copenhagen Fashion week which is the largest fashion event in Northern Europe occurs twice each year.

It is truly one of the happiest places in the world!

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The Maasai of East Africa

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The Maasai tribe are an ethnic group that live in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Having a combined population of over 1million, they speak official languages of Kenya, Tanzania, Swahili and English. Their culture and lifestyle have attracted numerous visitors to Kenya and a fee is required for such visits to their villages.
Distinctive Clothing or dresses which always involve accessories are an identity to this nomad tribe. Hair styles are determined by superiority and rite of passage. For instance, warriors keep their hair braided while boys shave their hair two days before circumcision.
The typical diet of a Maasai used to be raw meat, raw milk and raw blood with some vegetables in most areas but as of today its cow’s milk, cattle and maize.

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