Why Today Is Important: 24th June

This is a special day for my readers in Peru, and for anyone who has Incan ancestry! For today, is Inti Raymi! Inti was the ancient god of the sun, worshipped during the Inca Empire, and today was famously his day to feast with the goddess of the earth, Pachamama. Now, traditionally it was heldContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 24th June”

Ten Lessons In

Tonight is my 10th Mandarin lesson with my latest student, and I’m psyched! My student has been absolutely incredible. Her pronunciation has improved in leaps and bounds, she’s learned so much about Chinese culture, and she’s picking up a good amount of vocabulary – characters and pronunciation! It’s not really a news update or aContinue reading “Ten Lessons In”

Why Today is Important: 11th May

The 11th May marks the beginning of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festival that historically marks a brief reprieve in the Omer, a period of mourning in Judaism. According to tradition, a long time ago a plague killed thousands of students of the Rabbi Akiva, a significant figure in Judaism. The plague ended on Lag BaOmer,Continue reading “Why Today is Important: 11th May”

Tāwhirimātea, The God of Wind and Storms

On the 7th May I wrote a post about the Maori New Year festival, Matariki, and the legend it stems from. For those who didn’t read the post, the story goes that the god of the sky and his love, the goddess of earth, were separated by their children. The second eldest child, Tāwhirimātea, wasContinue reading “Tāwhirimātea, The God of Wind and Storms”

My First Collaborative Translation!!

I’m still a student, so any step forward experience and career-wise is a god-send to me. The University of Leeds has a centre for Chinese writing, and they’ve been working together with Paper Republic to give people a chance to translate a literary piece on the coronavirus. It was called Give-It-A-Go Translation, so naturally IContinue reading “My First Collaborative Translation!!”

Country Profile: Andorra

Population Size: 77,246 Area: 468 km² (181 sq mi) Main language(s): Catalan Primary religion(s): Roman Catholic Life expectancy: 82.8 (male/female specifics hard to find) Geography: In the Pyrenees mountains: lots of valleys and peaks Current leader: Xavier Espot Zamora Bordering countries: France, Spain Stability: Strong Debt: No data

Country Profile: Algeria

Population Size: 43,053,054 Area: 2.382 million km² Main language(s): Algerian Arabic, Berber, French Primary religion(s): Sunni Islam Life expectancy: Male = 75.4, Female = 77.4 Geography: Mediterranean coastline, with a desert landscape Current leader: Abdelmadjid Tebboune Bordering countries: Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia. Across the water from Italy and Spain. Stability: Medium. Struggles withContinue reading “Country Profile: Algeria”

Matariki

One of the more beautiful New Year celebrations I’ve been fortunate enough to research, Matariki is both the name of the Maori New Year festival, and the star system seen above, known as Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters. When translated, Matariki means: the eyes of God. The story goes that the paternal sky god, Ranginui,Continue reading “Matariki”

Why Today Is Important: 4th May

May the Fourth be with you, folks! This day is special for the Star Wars fans out there, thanks to the pun in the date. It’s a day for fandom indulgence, meet ups with friends and taking the time to really enjoy something you love. The first official celebration of the day was in 2011,Continue reading “Why Today Is Important: 4th May”

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