Tag Archives: Traditions

Qatar: Inside The Emirate’s Culture & Traditions (DW)

On the surface, Qatar is a dazzling and colorful Arab country, home to sheikhs and big business. But migrant workers without Qatari citizenship make up nearly 90% of Qatar’s total population – the highest such rate in the world.

Anyone traveling to Qatar arrives with plenty of prejudices: that it is a corrupt, filthy-rich emirate full of forced laborers who have no rights; that it is home to businessmen whose practices are, at best, questionable. But for the Qataris themselves, and the millions of guest workers from all over the world who live there, the picture is more nuanced.

Yes, Qatar is a dictatorship with an emir who enjoys almost unlimited power. But at the same time, Qatar is remarkably open and progressive. The emirate is tiny, and yet tremendously fascinating – with its vast desert landscapes, its bizarrely-shaped mountains and its picturesque sandy beaches.

Austria: Almatrieb Cattle Parade 2022, Tyrolean Alps

In an annual festive procession in the Tyrolean Alps known as the Almabtrieb, herders and specially groomed cattle descend into the valley after a summer in higher pastures. Their return to the foothill farms is marked with parades, parties and feasting.

The “Almabtrieb” is a custom that goes back 500 years. The steady clang of cowbells accompanies the cattle on their long journey from high alpine pastures back into the valley. Thousands of spectators celebrate their return as Leonhard “Hartl” Thaler leads the herd into town. The 62-year-old is a well-known figure in his Tyrolean hometown of Reith im Alpbachtal – as a farmer, cattle dealer, innkeeper and musician.

Travel Preview: Discover Germany Switzerland & Austria – October 2022

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Discover Germany – October 2022

In the October issue of Discover Germany, Austria & Switzerland we head to Bavaria to discover the German state’s culinary fare. Furthermore, travel writer Stuart Forster delves deeper into the benefits of saunas and explores how Germany and Austria’s sauna traditions hold up to the rest of Europe.

Other topics covered in our latest issue are an interview with soap star Iris Mareike Steen, top seasonal wine picks, modern fashion that reinvents traditional German outfits, including the dirndl, a special focus on one of the DACH region’s most famous breweries,

Germany’s top film production and film processing companies, a look at interior design and architecture trends, the cybersecurity and biotechnology sectors in Germany, and much more.

Views: Water Jousting Tradition In Sète, France

Like a medieval duel, but on the water: Contestants use lances to try to knock each other out of their boats. Since 1666, water-jousting events have been held yearly in the port city of Sète, southern France.

After a two-year break on account of the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional fisherman’s jousting event has returned. It’s considered the most important event of its kind – the the sport’s world championships. Each year, thousands of spectators and fans flock to the city to take part in the spectacle. The competition rules haven’t changed since 1666!

Artisan Views: Handmade Japanese Iron Kettles

A handmade Japanese iron kettle can cost over $300. For centuries, artisans have made kettles by pouring molten iron into molds and hammering them out once they’ve cooled. These kettles often have beautiful designs but they’re only used for boiling water. You can buy a mass produced stovetop kettle for $20, so what makes these kettles unique? And why are they so expensive?

Rainforests Of Africa: The Protectors Of Gabon

Gabon’s soul lies hidden beneath a thick green mantle, the source of most of the Gabonese traditions, medicines, spirituality, and resources. A precious heritage that a small number of men and women protect.

We meet Kombo, a Babongo hunter, and Juste, who is in touch with the forest spirits. In human cultures in general, and perhaps particularly in Africa, the landscape is the first shrine of tradition.

From the sand dunes of Mauritania to the currents of River Senegal, to the Lions of the Beninese savannah to the spirits of the forests of Gabon, this series explores the origin, the nature and the survival of deep links between several populations in West Africa and their habitat.

Views: American Arctic’s Disappearing Traditions

To Laureli Ivanoff, climate change is far from an abstract idea. As an Iñupiat writer living in the remote Alaskan town of Unalakleet, she’s seen firsthand the warming planet’s tangible impact on her culture’s food traditions, some of the only practices to survive colonization. “Ice fishing or hunting or just going out and enjoying ourselves, there’s no way to really do that if there isn’t any snow,” she says.

Animals that rely on snow and sea ice, such as the ugruk—or bearded seal—are harder to find as sea ice melts, leaving subsistence hunters concerned for their livelihoods. Although local native communities have weathered many historic hardships before, Ivanoff believes the challenges ahead are unprecedented. “Already every year, we’re wondering, ‘Is the ocean ice going to form?

Read more about climate change’s impact on the American Arctic : https://ti.me/3MqmwOe

Views: ‘Venice Carnival 2021’ Mask Revelers (Video)

Protective face masks were swapped for traditional ones in a muted start to the Venice Carnival on St. Mark’s Square on Sunday.

The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate masks.

Walking Tours: History & Traditions Of Christmas In London (Video)

Merry Christmas! Joolz takes a walk around the Christmas locations in London and talks all about the traditions that make Christmas here in London without letting lockdowns dampen our spirits. There’s Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol of course and we see the beautiful Christmas decorations and window displays at Fortnum and Mason, Covent Garden, Selfridges and more. Why we have a Christmas tree, what’s in mince pies, Christmas cards, Christmas crackers and the grinch who banned Christmas!! All the while the ghost of Christmas past is trying to stop Ebeneezer Joolz turning into an old Scrooge. Thanks to The Albert (Primrose Hill) and The Haverstock Tavern for the meal!