Weddings (and More) Across the World 

Completely different cultures all around the world celebrate some of the same major life events, such as weddings, births, funerals. It’s amazing to take a look at the different and similar ways people around the world. honor these events. Cultures-Weddings-and-More-Across-The-World

Marriage

Rwanda: Whereas in the US it’s popular to hire out high-end wedding venues, in the East African country of Rwanda, the wedding ceremony takes place at an aunt’s house. After the heads of households consult among each other, the groom is introduced to the congregation and the bride’s family presents her dowry: cows. The number of cows signifies the bride’s worth. After this comes the bridal procession, which is a collection of dancers and women and of all sorts of ages carrying gourds of milk. The bride wears a mushanana, a long, silk wrap dress with a sash. After the wedding, the bride is traditionally carried on the shoulders of strong men to the groom’s house, where a banquet is held in their honor. Rather than embarking on a rejuvenating honeymoon, the wife moves into her house, where she presents her first meal to her husband’s family.

Pakistan:

The many rituals surrounding a Pakistani wedding may take place over days to months! Weddings are extremely colorful and elaborate. The bride is presented to her groom with her face completely covered, and he ceremoniously removes the view. Over the next few days, lots of other ceremonies follow, such as covering the bride and groom in henna and oil, dancing, music, sweets, and presenting scarves to family members. Then there’s a ceremony called the Baraat, which is a processional walk the groom and his party takes to the bride’s home, where they are met by the bride’s family. The final ceremony takes place after the bride and groom have, um, consummated their vows. Rather than wear white, Pakistani brides often don the royal colors: red and purple.

Death

Indonesia: In Tana Toraja, funerals are a raucous community-wide event, and can last for days. Families save up to afford a lavish funeral–which means the funeral may take years after the person actually passes away. Until the funeral, the deceased is simply referred to as “one who is asleep” or as a “person who is sick.” Whereas in the US we send the body immediately to our chosen funeral home, the deceased in this part of Indonesia are laid out in the family home and symbolically cared for until the funeral.

Mongolia and Tibet: In these strongly (Vajrayana) Buddhist countries, the body’s oneness with nature is emphasized in the way the deceased are disposed of. Once the spirit departs, the body is an empty vessel and must be returned to the earth. Traditionally, bodies are dissected and cut up into pieces. They are placed on a mountaintop, fully exposed to the elements and to animals–often, the bodies are simply fed to the vultures. This form of burial is called a sky burial. Other believers choose to return their bodies to the earth via cremation or water burial. About 80 percent of Tibetans still choose sky burial, because it aligns with their sensibilities of compassion.
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Mistakes, Errors, and Goofs: How to Address and Avoid Them

There are so many mistakes out in the world just waiting to be made, and so many unwitting people ready to make them. Some mistakes are little (“I called the mailman by the wrong name”), some are big (“I called the mailman by the wrong name, then I made out with him to try and fix it”), and some are catastrophic (“I’m having an affair with the mailman, and I’m not sure what his name is”). stress-anxious-wrong-mistake-failure-stupid-frustrated-blunder-burn out

Per the dictionary, a mistake is something a person does that is “misguided or wrong.” There are cases where “It was an accident” can be a legitimate defense, but there are some cases where that just isn’t going to fly (see the aforementioned affair with the postal carrier). Generally, we judge people more harshly if we think they did something bad and wrong “on purpose.”

The first and biggest step you can take towards fixing a goof-up is by acknowledging it. That’s true in the world of application coding as well, where there are two kinds of errors that occur during execution: the ones that are expected to happen, known as exceptions, and the ones that aren’t expected, which are known as simply errors. Those definitions can work for our personal lives as well: sometimes you expect to screw up, whereas other times it catches you by surprise. Either way, you can’t do much of anything until you accept that it’s either happened or, in some cases, is still happening.

Once you do that, you have to try and make amends. Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” will work. Sometimes “I’m really, really sorry” will get the job done. Those generally work better if you admit the error as soon as possible. That way the wronged party doesn’t have time to let whatever happened build up in their head. One common piece of advice given to couples is “Don’t go to bed angry.” That’s because the anger can fester and grow while you’re asleep, which makes the whole problem harder to resolve.

We’ve all seen cases where public figures screw up and try to paper over it with a weak apology. In cases like that, they’ve either got a bad publicist, or they’ve got no publicist at all. Any publicist worth their salt has a sixth sense for figuring out just how bad a scandal their client is dealing with, and will be able to guide their client towards making the proper response.

Speaking of proper responses, never say, “I’m sorry to anyone who was offended.” That suggests that you don’t really think you did anything wrong, and you just want people to get off your back about it. That suggests you’re not sorry you did it, but only sorry that you got caught. Something like, “I sincerely apologize to those people who were hurt by my actions” is better. That way, the hurt you caused isn’t just hypothetical.

With that in mind, consider the following suggestion: your workplace has just started using video conferencing by Polycom, and you’re told to take part in a big meeting with a client who lives three time zones away. Maybe you forgot to drink enough coffee this morning, or maybe you just had a brain spasm and forgot where you were, but somehow, the client pops up on video and you immediately say, “Wow, you look terrible.” You’ll likely be tempted to run out of the office, leave town, and start a new life in South America. Instead, though, you should stay where you are and apologize immediately. You may or may not be able to save your job at this point, but since the client almost definitely heard you, covering it up isn’t going to work. You have to own it, and that means owning the consequences as well.
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10 Accessories Every Dog Needs

10-Accessories-Every-Dog-NeedsDogs are more than just pets — they serve as best friends, even children, to their human companions. It is totally understandable why you want to give your canine friend toys and accessories that will keep him safe and entertained. The list below includes some of the products that your dog will need. From safety gear to cute furnishings, you are sure to find cool new stuff that your dog will love.

  1. GPS tracker clips

Losing track of a pet is a dog-lover’s nightmare. It can be unnerving and panic-inducing if you fail to find your dog after a few minutes of searching. You can avoid unnecessary grief by attaching a GPS tracker clip to your dog’s collar. This device shows the location of your dog through your smartphone, allowing you to quickly and easily locate his whereabouts.

  1. Martingale collar

It is advised that you use Martingale dog collars if you need to train your dog to walk with a leash. This particular collar design features 2 loops of webbing that tighten and apply equal pressure on the neck when pulled. It trains your dog not to pull, but it also does not choke the dog or damage its trachea — unlike traditional collars.

  1. Water fountain

This simple device ensures your dog is hydrated any time of the day. Place it in your garden or backyard or anywhere your dog loves to play in. When your dog is thirsty, he’ll just come to the pedal and press it to drink — fresh water on demand!

  1. Dog umbrella

Don’t let rain get in the way of an exhilarating walk with your pet. Make sure he’s ready to hit the streets regardless of the weather by giving him a dog umbrella. This cute umbrella is attached to the leash, allowing your dog to walk in the rain without getting soaked.

  1. Dog treadmill

You may be intent on walking your dog every day, but the season can prevent you from doing that. If it’s too hot or too cold for a walk, you can exercise your dog using a dog treadmill. This device is made for dogs of all sizes and it can keep your dog busy and entertained without ever needing to step outside your house.

  1. Litter box

No, a litter box is not only for cats. This patch of grass can be used by your dog anywhere around your house. It lasts for a week and it can be thrown out easily, thanks to its cardboard box bottom.

  1. Lights or reflectors

Keep your dog safe when you walk or run at night by using reflective collars or vests. Alternatively, you can purchase a LED light clip-on and attach it to your dog’s collar. This way, you and the people you share the road or park with can easily spot your dog in the dark.

  1. Paw wax

Show your dog some love and massage his paws using a paw wax. This product is not just for relaxation, though! The wax adds another layer of protection for the feet, acting like a pair of booties that keep your dog comfortable when walking on ice, sand, salt, or concrete.

  1. Dog mansion

Your dog can live the high life inside a luxury dog house. These high-end mansions are made to order and built using really tough wood and glass. Imagine all the cute photos that you can take with your dog in his grandiose home.

  1. Bamboo hammock dog bed

Give your dog a nice hammock dog bed to retire and relax into after hours of running and playing. This high quality bamboo hammock is comfortable and comes with a stain resistant suede cushion that’s guaranteed to give your pet unlimited hours of good sleep.

There are a lot of options in the market today if you feel like indulging your dog. Adding these items to your home will not only give your dog a one-of-a-kind experience, it will also make the time you spend with your pet more memorable. Which of these items will your furry companion enjoy best?

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How To Take Proper Care of Natural Nails

Nail-clipping should be straightforward enough—trim them when they get long, roughly every few weeks. But that baseline regimen barely scratches the surface of proper nail care. With the right adjustments and Intel, you can prevent hangnails, minimize trimmings, and maintain smooth geometric perfection. No need to see a manicurist, either: You can do it all from the comfort of your toilet seat. The cuticle expert gave us her top tips—to get your nail care game where it needs to be: Proper-Care-of-Your-Nail

Don’t cut straight across

When cutting your fingernails, be certain you’re using one of those smaller, rounded-blade clippers; they’re the ones designed for fingers, and they work well on your smaller toes. Check out the reviews of best nail clippers from BestViva to make the best purchase. They cut cleanly without crushing or cracking nails.

When using the rounded fingernail clippers, you still need to cut the nails at an angle, since the curve of the blade doesn’t match the curve of your nail. “A common mistake men and women make when trimming their own nails is the angle at which they approach it,” says Lippmann. “Clipping straight-on can bend and ultimately damage the nail.”

The nails should (literally) reflect your cuticles

If you’re unsure of what shape your nails should have, just look at your cuticles. Imagine your nail as an oval—an odd oval, yes. The U-shape of the cuticle should be reflected (upside down) by the top of your nail. And, since the top is often wider than the cuticle, you may have to adjust for size; the primary goal here is to mirror the shape.

Leave a little white

As for nail length, there’s a small spectrum of acceptable lengths. You should leave at least a sliver of “white” at the top of your nails—that space where the nail starts to separate from the skin it protects. (One or two millimeters, in our book.) If you look at your fingers from the side, the whites of the nails shouldn’t be so long that they start to divorce the rounded shape of the finger. If the nail is so long that it extends past the fingertips, you’re due for a trim.

Start filing your nails, and do it right

You’re not going to get a smooth, perfect cut with the nail clippers—that’s just step one. And, while many clippers come with a built-in file, it’s a sub-par option compared to an Emory board file. “An Emory board is how you get even nails, shaped to perfection,” says Lippmann. You can use one to smoothen the arch of the nails after a trim, or you can file your nails every few days to maintain a standard length.

Tend to the cuticles

Push and clip your cuticles weekly. That’s the best way to prevent painful hangnails from developing. Many nail clippers have an attachment that helps uproot excess skin. Very gently pry this skin upward so that it’s easy to trim. “These are the only pieces of skin that you should nip,” says Lippmann. “The cuticle protects nails from infection, so if cut improperly, it allows bacteria and fungus to infect the nail bed.”

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Apply hand lotion daily, and distribute it to the nails. Do this immediately following any self-administered manicuring, too. Lotion is both an offense and defense: It will keep nails polished and strong, while nourishing any lingering hangnails or freshly nipped cuticles.