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Where do Easter Eggs & Chocolate Bunnies come from?

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Where do Easter eggs come from? Why do the children eat chocolate rabbits? And what about that game looking for hare’s eggs in the garden? We take a look at the symbolism behind Easter and its traditions and we find some common values and eternal cycles of respect for reproduction and human life. As Easter approaches, let us take a look at the symbolism behind the traditions as we celebrate... 

Kenyan parliament legalizes polygamy marriage

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Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female politicians. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband’s choice, but male members... 

Pizza The Queen of the United States

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Some words have a magical property – we know exactly what we are talking about when we hear them. This is especially true of national cuisines, be it borsch or soup, pizza or sushi, kebabs or lard. Nearly all of these items are considered a symbol of national cuisine, although this is not entirely true. What dish instead of pizza should be rightly regarded as Italian? Pizza is not part of a... 

Criminal charges filed against German rabbi for performing circumcision

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A German Rabbi has become the first person to face criminal charges after performing a circumcision. The charges come less than two months after a Cologne court ruled that the religious act causes bodily harm to newborn babies. Rabbi David Goldberg was sued by a German doctor on Tuesday, for inflicting “physical harm” by circumcising an infant. Chief prosecutor Gerhard Schmitt confirmed that the... 

South Africa's polygamous president marries fourth wife

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The happy couple: The South African polygamist president, 70, and his newest wife address guest at their wedding South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma has wed his fourth wife in a traditional ceremony at his rural home, his office confirmed. The polygamist premier, 70, married Gloria ‘Bongi’ Ngema in a customary service which started at around 6am yesterday. The Zulu statesman’s... 

Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading'

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“Josephine” is 12 years old and several months pregnant. She’s a member of the Samburu tribe, living in a small village in a remote part of Isiolo in Kenya’s Eastern Province. The pre-teen, whose identity is being protected, claims she had sex with a relative — a rape sanctioned by the Samburu, through a practice called “beading.” Intricate beaded necklaces... 

Ireland prepares to celebrate Africa Day

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Africa Day will be celebrated in Limerick on May 25. Sounds, tastes and visions of Africa will be prominent in Limerick at the end of this month as the city celebrates Africa Day. Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan, has launched a programme of cultural and community events to mark Africa Day, with events taking place in Limerick, Dublin, and Galway. There are some 1,200 people... 

Bethlehem sees record pilgrim crowd for Christmas

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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal carries the statuette of baby Jesus during the midnight Mass ceremony which marks the beginning of Christmas Day at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Largest amount of pilgrims in a decade visit Bethlehem for Christmas. The largest number of pilgrims in a decade gathered in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas, with tens of thousands... 
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