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Read today's Horoscope and find out what the stars have in store for you next week! You have information about all the signs, provided by Bemorepanda.
The money area is quite tense today, a sign that the desire for material accumulation is very high, but it is not satisfied. In other words, today you might expect a win or take some steps to recover a sum of money, but everything seems to go with blockages, postponements and rigidity from those you expected to support you. On the other hand, there may be frustrations related to the impossibility of making a desired investment. Try not to force things and be patient.
The moon is in your zodiac today and sends tense rays to the family area, which means that tensions can arise in relationships with loved ones, especially if you try to extract yourself from the activities established with them. So, in order to maintain harmony in the family, give up comfort and stubbornness, get more involved in household activities and be more tolerant. Also, avoid excesses of any kind, but especially food.
It seems that you are not in the best shape and you would like to slow down a bit the work rhythm or to go on a short vacation to recharge your batteries. But it is possible that your plans will be turned upside down and you will have to mobilize to solve some problems related to documents. You may be invited to some discussions and be held accountable for some of the decisions made. In these conditions, try to avoid exaggerations or dramatization of any situation and temper your impulsive reactions in relationships with bosses.
Today can bring an increase in stress, anxiety and money worries. There may be bottlenecks in the flow of money. For example, the money you expect does not come on time or not at all. Or you have to pay off some debts and thus, you don't get much out of what you earn. In other words, it is a day when lucidity, calm, some detachment and caution are needed to make the best choices and to remove the risk of loss.
A rather delicate day in terms of professional relationships, communication with superiors or carrying out projects. Misunderstandings, tensions and dissatisfaction can occur, as a result of verbal excesses, impulsive decisions, lack of diplomacy and tolerance on your part. You are tempted to express your point of view with harshness and even aggression, and these manifestations are not well received by those you work with. You can also give up a job, just because the proposed conditions do not suit you. Therefore, it is essential to be temperate in everything you say and do.
Because the Moon is today in an area of justice and truth, you may feel the need to defend your image, rights, personal beliefs. Maybe you feel undermined, challenged or deprived of some rights and that is why you want to shed light, to clarify the misunderstandings, to defend yourself, for fear of creating a distorted image that will affect you in the future. Be careful, however, it is very important to be honest, modest and permissive, especially in relationships with colleagues.
If you are waiting for financial support, if you have to recover some money from an institution or a person, do not have high hopes, at least today. It is a day when access to other people's money is blocked, no matter what that means. Instead, you can rely on your own resources, ie the money from work and the enhancement of personal skills. Also, be careful to follow the law and the rules, because there is a risk of fines, penalties or losses.
Communicating with those around you can be very difficult today, in the sense that it is difficult for you to find converging points with your life partner, associates, collaborators or bosses. We can talk about stubbornness, rigidity, desire for control and manipulation, which leads to tense relationships and blockages that primarily target professional activity. So, try to be more receptive to what others have to communicate to you and be willing to give up being right and control things at any cost.
It is possible that today you will find it harder to mobilize at work, to be lacking in mood or to give in to convenience. This attitude can be the basis for mistakes made in documents or in the transmission of information to people at a distance. So, try to gather and concentrate, especially if your work involves the use of a foreign language or a specialized language, or maintaining relationships with officials or foreigners.
Today the love zone is activated and you may be very sensitive to the delicate gestures of the loved one. On the other hand, your expectations are very high and the accesses possessive and jealousy, directed at your loved one or other loved one in your life, are the order of the day. Therefore, you have much more to gain if you express your feelings without expecting anything in return and without conditions.
Today seems to be tense, especially in terms of relationships with family and life partner. You may not receive the desired support, your ideas and choices may not be validated, or even certain conditions and restrictions may be imposed on you, which is hard for you to bear. However, it would be better to take some time for yourself, that is, for introspection and self-analysis, instead of taking on the challenges of others. Also, today it would be good to save more.
Pay attention to the attitude you adopt at work and to the impulsive reactions that surround you. Otherwise, you risk losing the trust and support of a colleague or even some material advantages. In any case, tensions are the order of the day at work, so it is necessary to be tolerant and try to always find a way to communicate with those around you. On the other hand, today can bring the countermanding of travel plans or meetings.
What could be a Christmas tree? Lively, artificial, bright, spectacular. Well, come on, strain your imagination. In fact, it can be anything: wooden, chocolate, crystal, precious ... It can be built from bottles, and even old tires. And it will still remain a festive tree.
There is nothing left until the New Year. Everyone is waiting for this holiday and, of course, they are preparing for it. Today on Bemorepanda we will show you the most unusual solutions for decorating Christmas trees. By the way, in the role of the forest beauties themselves, they did not always eat. Instead of traditional trees that only people do not use! And books, and skis, and stairs ... However, we will not reveal all the cards. Bemorepanda has compiled a selection of unusual Christmas trees planted in different cities over the years.
The most luxurious Christmas tree was installed at the Emirates Palace Hotel (Abu Dhabi, UAE). Decorators used gold, diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires, real jewelry worth over $ 11 million to
decorate the 13-meter spruce tree.
Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka is considered a specialist in making the most expensive Christmas trees. The showcase of his jewelry store has been decorated with precious trees for several years. For example, in 2012, a stylized spruce 2.4 meters high and weighing 40 kilograms was created from pure gold. The tree was decorated with figurines of famous Disney characters. The New Year's symbol was valued at approximately $ 4.2 million. A year earlier, a 12-kilogram golden tree decorated with ribbons, orchid flowers and hearts of gold was displayed in the window of the same Tokyo jewelry store, each of which cost about $ 1.5 thousand. The gold star adorning the top of the tree cost more than $ 65,000, and the total cost was approximately $ 2 million.
The most brilliant
Christmas trees studded with Swarovski crystals or almost entirely made of them are installed annually in one of the cities of the world. Last year, Swarovski designers erected a Christmas symbol in the open air on the famous Orchard Road in Singapore. The spruce was adorned with mirrored snowflakes, a swan logo and Swarovski lettering. When decorating the Christmas tree, 28 thousand crystals were used.
The most budgetary
A Christmas tree was made practically from garbage, which adorned the square of Kaunas (Lithuania) in 2011. Several thousand green plastic bottles were needed to create a 14-meter tree. At night, the entire structure was illuminated and looked very impressive.
Another Christmas tree from unnecessary containers was installed in Haifa (Israel). The spruce was 10 meters high and 5480 plastic bottles were used to make it. Energy-saving LED lamps served as decoration.
The biggest Christmas Tree
The world's largest Christmas tree included in the Guinness Book of Records is located in the city of Gubbio (Italy). This is a huge (130,000 sq. M.) Light installation located on Mount Indzhino.
The largest living (growing) "spruce" at Christmas decorates the city of Wilmington (USA). The height of the tree is 15 meters, the girth is 33 meters. Although in fact it is a 400 year old oak tree.
And the tallest artificial Christmas tree in the world was installed in Mexico City in 2009. The tree is 110.35 meters high, 35 meters in diameter, decorated with 1.2 million bulbs, has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records.
The "Drinking" Tree
Another source of inspiration for designers was alcohol, or rather, alcoholic containers.
So, near one of the shopping centers in Shanghai, the Dutch company Heineken built a spruce from 1,100 bottles of beer.
A Christmas tree was installed in the London Sofitel hotel in 2010, decorated with bottles of French Louis XIII cognac. A crystal chandelier crowned the crown of the Christmas tree. The cost of this installation was approximately £ 35,000.
Meanwhile, in Lynchburg (USA), a "spruce" of 140 barrels full of Jack Daniel's whiskey was installed.
The most difficult
Christmas trees made from the famous Lego bricks appear in different cities almost every year. In 2012, in the city of Johor Bahru (Malaysia), a 9-meter tree weighing 6 tons was made from 400,000 LEGO bricks. It took 10 weeks to create it. The tree is decorated with more than 300 balls and candles made of legoblocks.
Another similar spruce adorned St Pancras Station in London. The construction of the Lego Christmas tree, 11 meters high and weighing 3 tons, took almost three weeks and 600 thousand LEGO bricks, making up 172 separate parts, which were then connected to each other using a steel rod. The tree is decorated with 1,200 toys, also made from a construction set by London schoolchildren.
The most delicious
To the delight of the sweet tooth, French chocolatier Patrick Rogers created a 10-meter spruce using a ton of the best dark chocolate. White chocolate and powdered sugar were used to simulate snow on the tree. Together with the supporting structure, the resulting dessert weighed 3.6 tons. Everyone could taste a piece of this sweet beauty at a price of 5 euros per 100 grams.
And in Singapore, the confectionery company Ferrero Rocher created a Christmas tree from huge candies. In the evening it was illuminated with thousands of lights.
And finally, a few ideas for creating unusual Christmas trees with your own hands.
Creative way to create of a modern Christmas Tree
This is in the name of 2020, Coronavirus Year
For us, the Chinese New Year is an exotic holiday associated not so much with the onset of a new period as with the colorful traditions and rituals of the Chinese people. For the Chinese themselves, this holiday, called Chun Jie, is the most important event in the year and in family life: the inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom celebrate the European New Year no more than we - the Chinese.
In China itself, as well as in Chinatowns of all countries of the world, on the days of the Chun Jie celebration, there is a triumph of sound - firecrackers, colors - red and gold, festival processions of lions and dragons, as well as discounts in stores. You can see it all with your own eyes if you come to China for Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is a very family holiday. By the time it began, all the Chinese, no matter where they are in the world, are trying to return home to their relatives. Although recently, many have begun to abandon this tradition and travel abroad on holidays. Nevertheless, on the eve of Chun Jie, at all airports in the world, the number of Chinese residents rushing to flights to the Middle Kingdom is noticeably increasing.
To understand why the Chinese celebrate their New Year this way and not otherwise, you need to know at least a little history of their holiday. And it goes back many centuries! Initially, the Chun Jie date was associated with sacrifices to deities and commemoration of ancestors. But after the Xinhai revolution of 1911, to distinguish it from the European New Year, the holiday was renamed Chun Jie - Spring Festival. The Chinese believe that it is on this day that nature awakens from hibernation, which means that a new annual cycle begins.
Previously, the Spring Festival was also called Gongyan. According to legend, that was the name of a wild and terrible beast, so terrible that from its mere sight the trees shed their foliage, and the earth became barren. Nature came to life only when the creepy Gonyan left. And the people thought: what to do to drive the monster away? And they came up with! It turned out that the beast was afraid of noise and crackling.
Today, crackers, fireworks and firecrackers create the noise and crackle needed to leave winter. And in the old days, the Chinese created a noise attack using a variety of household items. Since the XIV century, there was a custom to throw bamboo sticks into the oven on New Year's Eve, which, when burned, emitted a strong crackle and also scared away evil spirits that appeared in abundance on the streets of villages and cities on New Year's day.
To prevent evil spirits from getting into houses, in the old days the Chinese also sealed windows, doors and all cracks in the house with paper. Today this tradition is alive, perhaps, only in the countryside.
By the way, the tradition of using pyrotechnics on New Year's Eve also has the other side of the coin: the Beijing authorities are seriously concerned about the sharply increasing level of smog after such massive fireworks launches. Considering that the smog situation in Beijing and on other days is not the most favorable, the concern of the authorities of the Chinese capital is understandable.
Another problem with the existing tradition of launching fireworks on New Year's Eve is the danger of burns and injuries from the use of pyrotechnics. Especially to help those who suffered during the expulsion of the evil Gonyan, about one and a half hundred ambulances are on duty on the streets of Beijing.
For the New Year, the Chinese do not dress up a Christmas tree, as it happens according to European tradition, but decorate the Tree of Light. This is the name of a tree hung with bright paper lanterns, flowers and garlands. It is believed that the presence of such a tree in or near the house attracts good luck.
It is very important for the Chinese to stay awake all night until the new year arrives - this is also done according to tradition, so that evil spirits cannot get into the house while the owners are sleeping. The festive evening begins with a New Year's dinner. All family members gather at the table, and for those who, for some undoubtedly important reason, could not join the family, a place is left.
Traditional New Year's dishes are displayed on the table, including: broth with long noodles, symbolizing longevity, mantou - dumplings with minced meat and, of course, jiaozi - Chinese dumplings. In their shape, these dumplings resemble traditional bars made of gold and silver and symbolize the wish for wealth and the birth of sons.
The dinner ends with the distribution of "money of happiness": adults give children red envelopes with money invested in them, which should bring good luck throughout the year. Family members spend the rest of the night until the morning talking, playing board games and, of course, watching television. And in the morning, having breakfast, everyone goes to visit their relatives - to wish their loved ones all the best. For these hikes, the Chinese dress up in red clothes. And indeed, the whole of China on New Year's days is literally drowning in red.
Why did this particular color become the symbol of Chun Jie? There is also a legend about this. And also about the monster! In ancient times, it ruined an entire village, killing all the inhabitants, except for one family, who were dressed in red clothes. It became clear: the monster was frightened of the red color. Since then, it has become a tradition to wear a red outfit for New Year's celebrations to keep monsters and demons at a distance.
However, the red color blazes not only on the inhabitants of China, but everywhere, wherever you look. Numerous wishes of happiness, wealth, good luck are written on red paper and placed in the most prominent places: doors, walls and windows of shops, restaurants, houses. Greeting cards exchanged by the inhabitants of the Celestial Empire are also made of red paper, and the hieroglyphs wishing happiness are made in gold or black.
For almost half a month, an atmosphere of general jubilation and festive fun will reign in all cities and villages of China. People will start visiting each other and exchanging gifts. Among them there will definitely be two tangerines, this is also a tradition associated with the peculiarities of pronunciation: in Chinese, the phrase "a pair of tangerines" is consonant with the word "gold". In addition, the Chinese more than anyone else believe in the magic of numbers: paired objects, in their opinion, symbolize unity and family harmony. Therefore, paired gifts are, in principle, popular.
Once upon a time, the Spring Festival celebrations lasted more than a month. Today, the country cannot afford such a number of holidays, but everyone has seven days off in a row - the so-called "golden week". In total, New Year's celebrations stretch for fifteen days, during which traditional mass events are organized, accompanied by colorful performances and sports competitions.
The first three days of the holiday are called chui, chuer and chusan, during which friends and relatives visit each other and give gifts. The fifth day is considered the birthday of the God of Wealth, on the eighth a solemn family dinner is held again, and on the ninth and tenth days the Chinese offer prayers to the Heavenly Jade Emperor and hold celebrations in his honor. On the last day, the fifteenth, the Lantern Festival is celebrated, which also closes the New Year celebrations. On this day, lanterns and candles are hung on the streets of all Chinese cities.
This is done so that the lost souls of the dead can return home. A traditional dish of the Lantern Festival is glutinous rice balls with a sweet filling. Also on this day, folklore performances are held throughout the country, accompanied by the dance of lions and the dance of the dragon. The dance of lions symbolizes protection in the coming year from all kinds of troubles and misfortunes.
The dance of dragons is a very ancient rite, it was performed in the XII century and thus expressed admiration for this mythical animal. The dragon is made of paper, wire and willow rods, its flexible body can reach a length of up to 10 meters. Each part of the dragon is controlled by a dancer with a pole. It is an amazing sight to see how people bring the dragon to life, acting in such perfect synchronization that the paper monster wriggles like a real one!