Category Archives: Religion

Two Valentine’s Days in Romania

Orthodox Christianity is perfect for people who are always late with getting presents. Because everything happens later, you have some extra time. Christmas is on 7 January, Easter is later as well (but with a different time lag each year). … Continue reading

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Christmas in Brazil

Wearing shorts in front of a Christmas tree. What climate change has only recently made possible in Central Europe is normal in Brazil. I still don’t get any real Christmas feeling in the tropics, despite all the festooned roads and … Continue reading

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The Economics of Christmas

Christmas Presents On first sight, presents sound like a wonderful thing. You receive a surprise or something that you had always wanted, and you receive it for free. An economic benefit, surely. But it’s not that simple, because most people … Continue reading

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Jesus is my neighbor

Once you know that Nazaré, the name of the part of Salvador where I stayed for two weeks, is the Portuguese form of Nazareth, it may surprise you less that Mr Jesus was my neighbor.

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All Saints’ Night in Vilnius

For All Saints’ Day (1 November), which is something like the Christian version of Halloween, it is customary to visit the cemetery and leave flowers and candles behind for the deceased relatives and friends. The custom seems to be respected … Continue reading

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The Mosque next to the Synagogue

Researching for my trip to South America, I came across this little country that I knew nothing about – Suriname – and its capital city – Paramaribo – which I couldn’t have named before. And then I saw this photo … Continue reading

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Modern Mecca

Is it still the Kaaba (the black box in the arena) which is supposed to be the holiest site in the world, or has Mecca just become another place to worship dollars and riyals (and a copy of Big Ben)?

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