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Sehr Gut! Classic German Christmas Traditions To Enjoy

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Christmas remains a magical holiday, but German Christmas traditions make it even more so. We already thank Germans for the Christmas tree, of course, but on the enchanted German Christmas, water turns to wine, animals talk to humans, church bells ring from the bottom of the sea, and more.

Only the completely pure of heart experiences this type of Christmas magic, of course. Which leaves out most of us over the age of, oh, three or so. However, there are other traditional German Christmas events that any of us can enjoy.

More than just December 25

Traditionally, Europeans seem to enjoy life more than us Americans, with their shorter work weeks and longer vacations. They have a lot more year-end holidays than us, too, even counting Halloween and Thanksgiving. The German Christmas season actually starts on December 6.

St. Nick does double duty on that day: see, he has to go from house to house looking for shoes or boots that kids leave out. When he gets there, he checks their names in his big Book of Sins (much worse than The List) and either fill the footwear with tasty treats or twigs, depending.

St. Thomas Day

December 21 is generally the shortest day of the year, and it’s also known as St. Thomas Day. Well, in some parts of Germany, you’re awarded the title of “Thomas Donkey” if you wake up the latest, or are the last to arrive at work.

The fun part is, you get to carry around a cardboard donkey all day, and people get to make jokes about you. But it’s all in good fun, and at the end of the day, you get to enjoy tasty iced buns called Thomasplitzchen.

Dickbauch!

Lest you think I just insulted you with the title to this section, “dickbauch” means “fat stomach” in German. Okay, that still sounds insulting, but really it’s just a title given to Christmas Eve. There’s this legend that if you don’t stuff yourself on Christmas Eve, demons haunt you.

A heroic demon-free Christmas Eve demands the consumption of reisbrei (a cinnamon rice porridge), sucking pig, and (this being Germany) tasty white sausages, among other things.

The piece de resistance

Of course, all the aforementioned German traditions for Christmas leading up to the Christmas feast itself, which includes Dresden stollen, a fruit-filled bread much tastier than (shudder) fruitcake; Christstollen, a special Christmas bread also containing fruit, as well as nuts and raisins; and a nice, fat roast goose.

And don’t forget the marzipan and spice bars. German Christmas traditions are all about the delicious goodies! And American Christmas traditions are inherently rooted in the German ones. So go ahead, grab a frankfurter or schnitzel this Christmas Eve and serve up some extra German “Frohe Weihnachten” (“Merry Christmas“) this December 25th!

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The Real Life Love Story of Sachin Pilot and Sara Pilot is More Interesting Than A Film Story

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Sachin Pilot and Sara Pilot

Sachin Pilot is a known political face of the country and son of late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot. He was born on September 7, 1977. In the previous government for a short period of two years her served in the Union Minister of Corporate Affairs.

Presently he is not the member of Parliament as he lost the seat to a BJP candidate. After his graduation, he worked with the Delhi Bureau of the BBC and General Motors.

Sachin pilot fell in love with Sarah Abdullah, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir, chief minster Farokh Abdullah and sister of Omar Abdullah. Sachin is from Hindu family whereas Sarah is from the Muslim community.

The Abdullahs had issues to their relationship but the duo had fallen in love while pursuing their studies in the foreign land. Irrespective of the objections they went ahead and tied the knot in 2004.

In spite from two extreme religious backgrounds and coming from the different culture they tied the knot in a very simple way. They considered marriage as the union of two souls and did not paid much heed to the religious and the ideological differences. The love was truly blind in their case.

Omar Abdullah has a Hindu wife and Farokh Abdullah has a Christian wife had objected to their relationship and this was quite an irony. Gradually as the family realized the strength of their selfless love accepted Sachin as their son in law.

The couple is blessed with two sons Aran and Vehaan and they live in Ghaziabad. The two come from affluent families and have strong Indian values. For the kid,s they, have expectations of getting them highly educated and also instill them with good family values.

The couple stood rock solid behind each other and in spite of all the hardships they, are still very much in love with each other.

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The Star Studded Wedding of Real Life Princess: Isha Ambani

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The Star Studded Wedding of Real Life Princess - Isha Ambani & Anand Piramal

The year was full of celebration for the Ambani’s. the wedding festivities began soon after Anand Parimal asker for Iasha Ambani’s hand at a temple in Mahabaleshwar in the presence of their family members. The intimate ceremony was followed by an extravagant part at Antilia and then followed by a bigger one at Lake Como, Italy with a special performance by EGOT winner, John Legend.

It was the fattest Indian wedding ever. The families took over Oberoi Udaivilas last weekend for pre-wedding festivities. The guest lists had who’s who from the Bollywood to politicians and celebrities from the far-off corners of the world.

The guest list had Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan, and Katrina Kaif. The social media flooded with the sheer presence of Beyonce in Udaipur, who flew to bring the three-day ceremony to a close.

The couple tied the knot in Antilia, the Ambani residence in Mumbai, and this was also a star-studded affair. The guests to arrive at Antilia were Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra, Amir Khan, Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and Hilary Clinton.

The former President Pranab Mukherjee was also seen at the wedding.

A sneak peak at the Ishaa Ambai’s wedding to see guests:

 

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The Top 5 Marathons in India: to Detox You

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The Top 5 Marathons in India: to Detox You

This is ideally the marathon season and being a fitness freak or say at least the one who completely supports travel expeditions with a good cause, cannot miss these marathons of the country. The view, air, surrounding, everything is simply majestic.

Thus pack your backpack with the essentials and head for the best marathon of your life and experience the calm, chaste and serene beauty of these places:

1. Ladakh Marathon

If you have high stamina and want to prove it then this is your place. The world’s highest marathon takes place here, at a height that is just beyond sea level. The breathlessness is common and charming.

There are four races here of which you can be a part off, 7km, half marathon, marathon, and the Khardungla challenge. The races are in and out of the city that you can see the cold desert in the most spectacular way.

2. Rishikesh half Marathon

To run 5km, 10km, and 21km, in Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh. The run engages you with basic run-ups to the harder ones.

The half marathon is very popular as it covers the most scenic views of the bridge, beautiful river, horrid road and the bustling town, where the race ends and people cheer you up.

3. The Kaveri Trail Marathon

From the south, this Kaveri trail Marathon is worth trying. It has 10km, half marathon or marathon to lay your shoes at. The race is challenging and as you run along the Kaveri River, the muddy trails and the paddy fields of Srirangapatna.

The view is breathtakingly beautiful, and you could also go a bit of fishing while the water is calm.

4. Auroville Marathon

The race where there is no one as loser or winner but all are just racers who complete the race. The slogan here is ‘Run for the joy Running’.

This is what attracts me to this marathon, it is just like life you complete the race you do not win or lose. There are 5km, 10km half marathon and marathon. Run to check your endurance and achieve happiness.

5. Mount Abu Half Marathon

The most classic marathon where people from 18 to 60plus are running, and you just go on, on and on.

It starts at the baseline of Mt. Abu and the half marathon takes you all the way to the beautiful hill station where you can relax over the hot steaming cup milk.

Running is a way in which you can be true to yourself and this is one of the best statement ever. Run not to win or lose but run to complete the race.

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