Traditions

Nigerian Culture and Tradition

By YETUNDE AGBOLUAJE – original content
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Nigeria is one of the most powerful countries in Africa. Nigeria is a country full of culture and tradition; there are many languages spoken and many cities in Nigeria. There are 521 languages spoken in total but, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa are the 3 main Afro-Asiatic native ones known to the Nigerian culture. Nigeria is also a country known to have many religions followed Christianity and Islam being the main ones followed in the north and the south. Abuja and Lagos are the two main cities in Nigeria where most of the population reside. Most religious celebrations such as Christmas and Eid are heavily celebrated and cherished in Nigeria. Islam’s are known to have massive parties where a ram is killed and enjoyed with full course meals. This is known as (Salah). Nigerians are very family orientated and rely on each other for moral and financial support. Nigerians have a very high hierarchy of important influential people such as president Muhammadu Buhari who is the current president of Nigeria and Dangote. The music industry is also a very important culture in Nigeria, Fela Kuti was one of the greatest jazz and Afro beats musicians who created a dynamic reaction all over the world he was known for his unique style and beautiful production of live music. Nigeria gained full independence from Britain on 1 October 1960, which is highly celebrated every year. There are also traditional celebrations like Ileya and masquerade days. Nigeria is a country made of a lot of wealth such as oils and raw materials. There are two extremes of people, there are the wealthy businessmen, politicians, entrepreneurs and educated people and on the other hand and the unhealthy, poor educated, less opportune people.

Nigeria is also known for their unique style of dance and body expression, all these things contribute to the beauty and greatness of the country.


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The Traditions Of China

By Evan Tesfaye - original content

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China is a country, which is famous for its size and capacity as it is extremely large and over populated, but is also recognised for its beautiful culture it presents to the world through many things such as ‘Chinese new year’ fashion exhibitions, and galleries.

As with most countries that have tribes and diverse ethnic groups the customs and traditions that the Chinese people choose to follow vary by location and ethnicity. A staggering 1 billion people live in china, its home to 56 ethnic minority groups. The most common and largest group in china is the Han Chinese, with it being populated by 900 million residents. There are many other cultural groups that china has to offer such as: Tibetans, the Mongols, the Manchus, the Naxi, and the Hezhen. This cultural group doesn’t occupy a large capacity of the country, with less than 2,000 individuals belonging to that specific ethnic group. In China there are only 5 officially legal religions that are allowed to be practiced and followed. Any religion other than Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism is illegal.

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They have flair and a very artistic one for designing and putting bits and pieces together to create something that is truly beautiful and mesmerising, whether it is through the use of vibrant colours in their traditional attire or through cultural festivals and events they’re very detailed in everything they do. Most Chinese art is greatly influenced by their mystical history, this includes sculptures and paintings depict spiritual figures of Buddhism. Martial arts that is used as a fighting and self defence technique in and around the world was developed in and originated from china, it is also home to KUNG FU which is another form self defence and is taught worldwide. It is a fighting technique based on animal movements and was created in the mid-1600s.

The largest festival that Chinese people celebrate is called “Spring Festival” and it is a national event that marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. It is a time where Chinese people get together and honour ancestors. It is a 15 day celebration that lasts from mid January till mid February during this particular festival the Chinese welcome the new year by eating rice congee and mustard greens to cleanse the body, this festival starts off with a firework display and street parades featuring dancers dressed as dragons.

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Santorini travel diary
By GEORGIA IOANNOU – copied content

1.jpgFor anyone who doesn’t know much about the little Greek island of Santorini (and I can’t believe that’s many of you, it’s heavily travelled-to in the blogosphere), it is a volcanic cyclade island situated in the Aegean Sea, which has risen extensively in popularity due to it being so darn photogenic.

2.jpgWalking around the little streets of Oia you would think either canon or Nikon sponsors the place or that there is some sort of camera expo happening on the island. Everyone is snap-happy but it also means that people there understand that everyone is trying to get that ‘perfect shot’ so people are quite accommodating and quick to dart out of your frame or take a picture for you if you so need.

3.jpgi have been to many Greek islands in my time (err, 26 years) and my main pointers for Santorini would be to make sure you get a hotel or room with a pool because the temperatures get very high and the beaches there aren’t the highlight of the island by any means.

4it isn’t cheap, as the island is so popular now and has a high influx of tourists so the prices have inevitably risen too. It’s probably not the island to go to if you are on a tight budget, restaurants tend to be priced similarly to London. (Unless of course you find some hidden gems)

It’s somewhere to go if you want to wander streets, explore rooftops, secret corners and doorways for photos or just for your own pleasure or just chill at your room/hotel.

I wouldn’t say that it’s the place to go if you like a bit of liveliness at night – we were confused about what everyone does at night-time in Oia, after 9pm it seems like lights out, even though the town Fira is supposed to have a little more going on. (And we aren’t heavy ravers by any means)

7I would say that a week here might be a little too long if you are someone who gets bored easily but again if you were seeking pure relaxation, it would probably be perfect!

Have you visited Santorini? What were your thoughts?

Sammi x

 

 

 

 

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