Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College has described Sweden’s failure to address the growing threat of Islamism as a ‘chain reaction of lateness on all various levels and different fronts’, a ‘disaster’, and a ‘betrayal of society’.
The Osterreiten or Osterritt ( SorbianJutrowne jěchanje ; synonym cross riding ) is an old religious rituals in the form of a procession in which the resurrection of Christ is proclaimed. It is still cultivated as a Sorbian custom in the Catholic part of Upper Lusatia . There are also Easter horseback processions in Old Bavaria and Franconia , in Upper Silesia , North Bohemia and Moravia.
The Hungarian Parliament has rubber-stamped the income tax exemption for all Hungarian employees under 25 years old, seen as a new pillar in the conservative government’s pro-family policies, Minister for Family Affairs Katalin Novák announced on her Facebook page.
The tradition most likely goes back to the 14th century, but it likely also has pre-Christian origins connected to the March equinox and the coming of spring – water being a symbol of life and renewal. Similar traditions can be found all around Central and Eastern Europe, with Поливаний понеділок (Watering Monday) in Ukraine, Oblévačka in Czech, Oblievačka in Slovak and Vízbevető in Hungary. It’s also known as ‘Dyngus Day’ in Polish communities outside Poland.
A new high-resolution scan of The Last Supper gives a crystal clear look at the famous painting. Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the finest artists and thinkers of all time. He created works that have endured for centuries, like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, the latter of which is thought to be the greatest depiction of a Biblical scene in all western European art. In it, Jesus and his 12 disciples are eating literally Christ’s last meal, and it was painted as a mural on a wall at a Dominican monastery by the great painter in 1498, in Milan.
Orthodox Christians in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries around the world celebrate Orthodox Easter or Pascha.
The Running of the Wine Horses is a fantastic fiesta to attend, it takes place on the same day every year; the 2nd May. The fiesta, known in Spanish as the ‘Caballos del Vino’ has been declared as being of International Tourist Interest and is a well worth enjoying. It starts on 1st May and continues until 5th May. There are lots of parades, processions and re-enactments aside from the main event of the actual running of the wine horses.
The European Commission is facing criticism after posting about the Next Generation plan on Instagram which included a photo featuring a dark-skinned man with a child and the flag of the European Union. ‘Think future,’ states the caption under the picture. Critics are particularly concerned about what they say is the ‘exaggerated effort to include dark-skinned people in European society’.
Orthodox Easter for the year 2021 is celebrated/ observed on Sunday, May 2.
Many countries around the world celebrate Orthodox Easter like Romania, Republic of Macedonia, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Russia.
An ancient tomb, described by archaeologists as ‘untouched’ and ‘highly unusual’ has been discovered on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry, Ireland. The tomb was uncovered in recent days during land improvement works being carried out by a farmer.