Tag: European Union

Spectacular Slavic Carnivals before Easter

Slavic carnivals are known under different names in various Slavic countries: [Macedonian language: ‘Прочка’ (Prochka)], Bulgarian: Сирни заговезни, Прошка (Sirni zagovezni, Proska), Russian: Масленица, Мясопуст (Maslenitsa, Miasopust), Polish: Ostatki, Mięsopust, Zapusty, Czech: Masopust, Šibřinky, Ostatky, Slovak: Fašiangy, Slovene: Mesopȗst, Pust, Pustni teden, Fašnk, Serbian: Покладе, Poklade, Croatian: Pust, Poklade, Mesopust, Fašnik. They are traditional Slavic festivals related to the period of carnival.

Zones free of LGBT idolatry

The Polish Ministry of Justice has developed a bill that will deprive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of opportunity to adopt and adopt children. The country has already banned adoption for same-sex couples, but the ban can be circumvented if one future parent applies. Now the Polish authorities want to deprive LGBTIQ people of this opportunity as well.

Easter in Germany defeats the lockdowners

In Germany, a decision has been made to return from general quarantine to a normal lifestyle during the current month. On March 3, a distance conference of the government and presidential ministers of all federal states took place, which lasted 11 hours. A plan has been developed, a ‘road map’ for cancelling the lockdown throughout the country.

Political heads in the gutters of corruption

We’re all in this together? Well, not quite. German MP Nikolas Löbel, a member of Angela Merkel’s CDU party, will quit parliament and not seek re-election. British MPs will be smirking as ‘the house’ in Pigminster voted to make corruption legal whilst outlawing principles and honesty.

Copenhagen is the latest city to battle Political Repression

‘It has nothing to do with Covid or health concerns,’ says Michael Walsh, author and dissident journalist.. ‘The European Union has clearly become a repressive regime. Politicians are supposed to be representatives of the people and reflect the majority view in their parliaments. Yet never have the opinions of the electorate mattered less to legislators, never has press or the political cabal been less representative of the people they claim to serve’.

Bulgarian Kukeri

It’s related to the late winter festival cycle. According to pagan beliefs, the winter was a time of evil, so the Kukeri had the task to chase away everything evil the winter represented with their scary masques. Therefore it’s not a counterpart of Halloween. It’s rather related to the traditions that came to be associated with the Lent, even though there is no sanctioned carnival tradition in the Orthodox Church. The Lent celebrations, like Kukeri or jumping over fires, were and are very much frowned upon by the Church. The only similarity to Halloween are the scary masques.