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Tips for getting the best sun tan safely

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Everyone's favorite and the long-awaited holiday season have begun, the sea, sandy beaches, delicious fruits, and sunbathing. Everyone wants to relax in the sun, whether on a white sandy beach on the shores of the azure sea or a green lawn in the country. But does everyone know how to sunbathe correctly so as not to peel off the next day after spending a sleepless night in a moisturizer? Whatever you decide to get your tan, read on for our tips

 

Tips for the best tan

 

Even though the sun has a beneficial effect on us (it increases the level of serotonin, stimulates the production of vitamin D, and strengthens the immune system), it still has its drawbacks: the risk of getting burned, aging prematurely or getting skin cancer. But all the disadvantages can be reduced to zero by following the simple rules for sunbathing.

 

Rule 1: Don't Forget Your Sunscreen

It would seem that everyone knows about it. However, how do you choose one that will protect your skin? Different creams provide different levels of protection, which is indicated by the SPF index.

 

The level of SPF (sun protection factor) determines the effectiveness of counteracting UV radiation on the skin treated with the cream. For example, if your cream has an SPF-20 index, you can get a UV dose without harm to health 20 times more than without using a protective agent. SPF only protects the skin from group B UV rays, which are dangerous for our health.

 

On sunscreen packages, SPF ranges from 2 to 50. It's essential to determine your skin type. Scientists identify six phototypes, read the descriptions and look for matches:

 

 

Phototype 1: people with blond hair, fair skin, and light eyes. Representatives of this type most often burn the sun. It is recommended to stay in the sun for no more than 15 minutes without protection. Creams with SPF-30 and above are suitable.

 

Phototype 2: people with blond or red hair, gray eyes, and fair skin, often with freckles. Recommended time in the sun: 20 - 30 minutes; creams with SPF-20, and then a minimum of SPF-10.

 

Phototype 3: people with dark hair, brown eyes, and swarthy skin. Recommended time in the sun: up to 40 minutes without additional protection. To prevent burns while tanning, you need to use creams with SPF-15 only after arriving on vacation and SPF-6 after three to four days.

 

Phototype 4: brunettes with dark eyes and swarthy skin. Such people often do not suffer from sunlight, but for prevention, it is better to use a cream with SPF-8.

 

5 and 6 phototypes: people with very dark (up to black) skin. They can spend much time in the sun without protection and only use moisturizers.

 

Have you identified your phototype? Excellent! However, it is essential to know the rules for applying sunscreen:

 

1. Apply 20 minutes before sunbathing.

 

2. Do not forget to reapply the cream according to the instructions.

 

Rule 2: tan gradually

If everything were simple, spend a few hours in the sun and immediately get the desired tan for the whole year! But don't even dream about it. As practice shows, adherents of this method most often suffer from the negative consequences of sunburn.

 

The dark pigment that gives our skin its brown color is called melanin. But besides providing shade to the skin, it has another vital function - a protective mechanism that protects the skin from UV rays! Melanin creates a protective barrier around skin cells that scatters dangerous UVB rays. That is why it is essential to accumulate melanin gradually: sunbathe on the first day for 10-15 minutes before lunch and 15-20 after. For a positive effect, add every day for 10 minutes, preventing the skin from reddening in the sun.

 

Rule 3: Prepare your skin for tanning

Before sunbathing, cleaning the skin of impurities and dead cells is essential. So it will be easier for her to accumulate melanin. You can do this with soft scrubs, a washcloth, or an exfoliating glove. But don't be zealous. It is enough to cleanse the skin in this way once a week and a half.

 

Rule 4: Don't be in the sun in the middle of the day

The more direct sunlight hits the skin, the more UV it receives. The maximum radiation falls on the time from 10:00 to 16:00. If the health of the skin and the body is dear to you, it is better not to show yourself in the sun at this time. Go outside at this time in light clothes with long sleeves.

 

It is safest to sunbathe before 10 am and in the evening after 4 pm.

 

Rule 5: protect the body from the inside

Don't worry; you don't need to eat sunscreen for this. To do this, some products help reduce the adverse effects of UV rays due to the high content of antioxidants. So what are these products:

 

  • fatty fish rich in omega-3: mackerel, tuna, salmon.
  • red and orange vegetables and fruits: tomatoes, peppers, oranges, apricots
  • any cabbage: broccoli, leafy, cauliflower
  • teas: green and black

 

 

In addition, there are products that, on the contrary, can increase the negative effect of the sun on the skin, for example, yogurt, cheese, or whole milk.

 

Rule 6: know the measure.

It makes no sense to sunbathe all day since the body stops producing melanin after 2-3 hours of exposure to the sun. So 4-5 hours in the sun will not give you a chocolate or bronze tan but will only increase the risk of skin damage.

 

Rule 7: take care of your skin after sunburn.

If you want to keep your tan for longer, do not forget to moisturize your skin after sunbathing. This is important because the body treats excess melanin as a wake-up call that signals damage to the skin. That is why he seeks to quickly get rid of the top tanned layer, making it drier. So it was easier for the body to eliminate damaged cells and exfoliate them.

 

Use moisturizing creams and lotions and wait with scrubs and rough washcloths.

 

Well, here are, perhaps, the basic rules that will provide you with the perfect tan!

 

First aid and treatment for sunburnt skin

 

From the first warm spring days to the beginning of autumn frosts, dressing as lightly as possible is pleasant to show a beautiful figure. Many spend weekends and vacations on the beach, taking their children with them, believing that sunbathing is suitable for their health. It has been established that exposure to the sun strengthens the immune system, promotes the production of vitamin D, and improves the condition of bone tissues. A soft golden or dark chocolate tan is associated with travel and adventure, holidays on the sea coast, and tropical islands.

 

But intense exposure to ultraviolet rays is not suitable for health. Sunburn is a protective reaction of the skin, leading to a change in its color. The coloring pigment melanin is produced in its lower layers to protect against ultraviolet radiation. With prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, skin photoagingaccelerates, wrinkles form faster, and the risk of developing neoplasms increases. Another danger of sun exposure is burnt skin. Pain for negligence will be a pain, peeling, or a general deterioration in well-being.

 

What to do if the skin is sunburned

You can get burned on the beach, walking around the city, working on an individual plot, etc. The sun gradually heats the skin and the head,d a person does not feel discomfort for a long time but notices redness, burning, and tightness when the skin is severely burned. Minor burns can be treated at home, but if blisters develop, see a doctor.

 

You must go into the room or the shade at the first sign of burning or overheating. If this is not possible, cover open areas of the body with clothes, a towel, or a thick cloth. Replenish the lack of fluid in the body. Drink clean, cool water or warm but not hot tea. To reduce discomfort, if there are no blisters, or open wounds, apply an after-sun cream or other emollient, such as Panthenol, to the skin. If the damage is minor, restoring the skin after a sunburn will take 3-5 days.

 

Signs of sunburned skin

To prevent deep burns, you must periodically check for burning signs in the sun. The first symptom is redness of the skin. Pain and another discomfort may not be felt. They show up later.

 

It is necessary to determine the degree of damage to the skin. If there is redness or mild pain but no blisters, you need to provide first aid, and the redness will pass after a few days. Perhaps the skin will begin to peel off. This is not dangerous but increases the risk of a second, more severe burn when exposed to the sun.

 

If blisters appear, you need to consult a doctor and treat them with anti-burn ointments, drugs that relieve inflammation and prevent infection. Treatment takes place under the supervision of a physician. Patients often have a fever, swelling, headaches, weakness, and palpitations.

 

First aid

If there are burns from sunburn, you need to get dressed and go into the shade or the room. A cool (but not cold) shower or a compress on the affected body parts will help relieve unpleasant symptoms. Cool and cleanse your skin. To quickly restore the damaged epidermis and prevent the appearance of blisters, and peeling, apply an anti-burn ointment with panthenol on it.

 

If blisters appear, cool the skin, wash with clean water without soap, apply an ointment, and then visit a doctor. He will prescribe a treatment to avoid infection of the wounds that appear after the blisters burst.

 

If a significant body surface is burned, a person has a fever, dizziness, palpitations, nausea, or vomiting; you need to give an antipyretic, anti-inflammatory drug (Nurofen or others) and quickly deliver it to a medical facility or call an ambulance. Sunburn can cause disturbances in the functioning of the cardiovascular system.

 

Folk remedies

First aid for burns caused by ultraviolet radiation should be provided as soon as possible. But not always in the home first-aid kit; there are the necessary medicines. They can be replaced with folk remedies. To improve the general condition without antipyretics, you can drink cool black or green tea with lemon and mineral water if the temperature has risen slightly. You can apply a cool compress to your forehead.

 

To cool and soothe burned skin, you can make a gauze compress from excellent green tea, a decoction of parsley, chamomile, calendula, and oak bark. If the face turns red after going to the beach or walking on a sunny day, you can apply fresh cabbage leaves and chopped parsley to the burnt places and grease them with honey. They will help with minor burns and prevent peeling, and you will look good the next day. To reduce the risk of infection of burned areas and moisturize them, you can rub the skin with aloe leaves.

 

What not to do with sunburn

Complications after sunburn often arise due to improper treatment. So that they pass without consequences:

 

  • do not apply ice to burned areas, do not take a cold shower - a sharp temperature drop will accelerate the development of the inflammatory process;
  • do not puncture blisters with a needle or other sharp objects - this increases the risk of infection;
  • do not wipe the skin with alcohol-containing solutions - it needs to be moisturized, and alcohol dries it, which will increase peeling;
  • do not lubricate burned areas with olive, sunflower, or other vegetable oils - they form a greasy film, which prevents regular air exchange and natural cooling;
  • if there are blisters, there are wounds, or acne - do not apply fermented milk products;
  • do not use hard washcloths or peels to speed up exfoliation; you can injure the skin.

 

At this time, you need to soften it, moisturize, and protect it from ultraviolet radiation with sunscreen or tight clothes, do not use scrubs, or hard washcloths, do not go to the sauna, and do not take hot baths.

 

How to choose a cosmetic product that protects against ultraviolet radiation

Sun cream can have different levels of protection. SPF denotes it with various coefficients. For a walk around the city on a clear spring day, a cream with SPF 2-5 is enough. If you are going to be on the street for several hours (picnic, work in the garden), you need a remedy with SPF 5-10. For those with white skin prone to freckling, it is best to use sunscreen products that provide intense protection (SPF 20-30). If you vacation to a hotter region, take an SPF 50 cream with you, such as Avene cream. If you want to swim, use a waterproof product. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before leaving the house.

 

Choose products containing vitamins and antioxidants to look good on hot days and prevent the appearance of early wrinkles. They protect not only from ultraviolet rays but also take care of the skin.

 

How to choose creams after sunburn

To make the skin recover quickly after sunbathing, and look beautiful and fresh, use an after-sun cream or milk. It contains hydrants that replenish water in cells and soothing and softening ingredients that prevent flaking. To quickly pass minor burns, you can use not medicinal but cosmetics. It is convenient to use cosmetics that are available in the form of sprays, for example, Avene. By pressing the sprayer several times, you will evenly apply the product.

 

Sprays or creams are available that need to be rubbed with light massage movements for the face and body. It is better to purchase two products of the same brand: one for the front, where the skin is more delicate and demanding to care for, and the other for the body. Use them every time you go out in the sun to rehydrate and prevent photoaging.

 

After-sun cosmetics are available for different skin types. For oily, a lighter texture is needed; for dry, high hyaluronic acid content; for sensitive, aloe extract and other medicinal plants.

 

Prevention of sunburn

For the tan to look beautiful and there to be no burns, you need to dose your exposure to the sun. The best sunbathing is before 10-11 am and after 4-5 pm. Try not to go out in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear wide-brimmed hats, peaked caps, or other head coverings to protect your face and body from direct sunlight. Do not forget about eye protection - sunglasses will help maintain vision and slow down the formation of wrinkles in the corners of the eyes.

 

On hot days, dress in loose, light-colored clothing made from natural fabrics. It reflects ultraviolet rays well and does not interfere with air exchange. If you have delicate, fair skin prone to sunburn, cover your shoulders and back, choose dresses, shirts, and long-sleeved T-shirts.

 

Drink more clean water and tea, but give up sugary carbonated drinks and coffee. They have a diuretic effect and accelerate the loss of moisture. And it is needed by the body to release sweat and naturally cool the skin.

 

Apply sunscreen regularly to exposed areas of your body, even if you have to walk down the street for a short time on a sunny day. At the beach, renew it every 2 hours and after swimming.

 

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Summer is when you can lazily sunbathe, exposing your face to the sun's rays. It's time to swim, but you must pack your beach bag and get ready. A beach holiday is always wonderful, regardless of whether you are relaxing on the banks of your native country or near the Indian Ocean. Here is what you need to take to make your vacation more exciting and comfortable.

 

Things useful at the beach

 

Sunscreen is the most important thing. This is an absolute must-have for a beach holiday. For those who do not want to get the color of freshly cooked cancer and lie down until the end of the vacation/vacation with a temperature below 40. In addition, such creams protect the skin from the adverse effects of ultraviolet radiation, which provokes premature aging and the occurrence of cancer cells. The lighter the skin, the higher the protection index should be.

 

1. Tanning oil (not to be confused with point 0)

 

It will help you quickly get the desired chocolate shade. But remember that it can only be used when you are already well tanned.

 

2. Sunglasses

As the name implies, they will protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation (the main thing is that the lenses are polarized!) And help you feel like Agent Kay.

 

3. Selfie stick

No comments, just like.

 

4. Bottle of water

 

When relaxing on the beach, drinking plenty of water is necessary to protect the body from dehydration. And for taste, you can add a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint. So you get a great soft drink.

 

5. Cooler bag

Such a gadget will bring the level of your beach holiday closer from “like everyone else” to “#jaboheme.” It's so lovely after the next swim to drink item number 5.

 

6. Headphones

Not vehemently impose your musical preferences on your neighbors (unfortunately, not everyone is ready to listen to Chopin's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor), but at the same time, not deny yourself listening to your favorite compositions.

 

7. Baby powder

A real-life hack. With it, you can quickly and easily clean your hands and feet from the sand. And how does it just work?

 

8. Large towel

In which it is so cozy to wrap up after swimming.

 

9. Second oversized towel/mat/bedding

To have something to lie on, basking in the sun.

 

10. Book

It will help pass the time, especially if you are alone. Read what the hands did not reach during the working days. Take yourself back to Fitzgerald and Turgenev. Or you will uncover another universal conspiracy.

 

11. Magazine/newspaper

For those who want to stay in the news flow, trend analytics and follow fashion trends. And they are also convenient for covering your face while you sunbathe, lying on your back.

 

12. Ball, sports equipment

No matter how good it is to wallow all day on the beach and splash in the water, it would help if you also warmed up a little—Volleyball, frisbee, badminton. You can buy an inflatable ball and play, for example, water dodgeball. But basketball fans will have to be patient ...

 

13. Board games

Another way to update your beach holiday. An excellent pastime both in the city and in any other place. It doesn't matter what you prefer, Munchkin, Dixit, Elias, or good old cards and chess. Positive emotions are provided to you.

 

14. Friends

Who else to laugh with? And who will turn you over in time (if you fell asleep) to ensure an even tan, if not a friend? To be with someone, use paragraph 13.14. And smear point 1? And everything else will be able to guard your belongings while diving into the water.

 

15. Diving mask, fins

The underwater world is unique and distinctive. Watch him from the side. See how a small crustacean burrows into the sand or hides under a pebble, and watch the fish scurrying. Maybe you will find Atlantis?

 

16. Case for underwater filming or action camera

It is not necessary to be a professional photographer to share the beauty of the underwater world with others. Capture your memories for years or hit the likes on social media!

 

17. Earplugs

Protect your ears from water ingress and various kinds of infection. Just do not swim very far. Otherwise, you risk swimming behind the buoys and not hearing the displeased cry of the lifeguard.

 

18. Nose clip

It will help you not to swallow water while you dive with rapture.

 

19. Balloon

If you still decide that earplugs are for wimps, then an ordinary balloon will help you get rid of water in your ears. It is enough to take a few breaths into the ball with your mouth while holding your nose with your free hand.

 

20. Insect spray

If you are relaxing on a stone or pebble beach, there is a high probability of injury. Yes, and in the grass and the sand, you can not notice, for example, a piece of glass left by negligent vacationers. To quickly treat the wound, it is enough to take peroxide, iodine, and a bandage with you. Do not forget that if you use any particular medicines, for example, for allergies, they should always be at hand.

 

22. Lip balm with SPF protection

Everyone knows that sunscreen should be applied to the body (we hope we have already convinced you of this). But most of us forget about lips. And oddly enough, the risk of cancer cells in this area is very high. Therefore, I do not think it can only be helpful for girls.

 

23. Air mattress

Enjoy that wonderful feeling when you lie on a mattress, rocked by the sea waves ... or carried away by the river current. Plus, it's an excellent alternative to a sunbed.

 

24. Inflatable pillow

Taking a sun lounger to read a book or take a nap comfortably is unnecessary. You can take a unique inflatable pillow with you.

 

25. Spray bottle

It will help refresh your face and body if you suddenly feel too lazy to get up to go for a swim.

 

26. Goggles for swimming

If you are into water sports, you have probably seen that all professional swimmers wear special goggles. In such a simple way, you will protect yourself from infection or salt (if you swim in seawater).

 

27. Portable charger

A handy item for any traveler. Staying connected in today's world is essential. If your smartphone has sat down at the most inopportune moment, the charger is a real lifesaver. And especially avid gadget lovers can find solar-powered modifications!

 

28. Zip-lock plastic packaging 

Zip-lock plastic packaging allows you to repeatedly open and closes the bag, which is ideal for storing items afraid of moisture. For example, phone, money, or documents.

 

29. Fruits

Excellent and very healthy snack. They will help to freshen up and satisfy your hunger a little. Well, the fact that fruits are solid vitamins has been known to everyone since childhood.

 

30. Carrot

Let's single out a separate item since this root crop contributes to the production of keratin - a substance necessary for a long and even tan. Just do not overdo it. Otherwise, you will become more like a giant carrot instead of acquiring the desired bronze hue.

 

31. Garbage bag

A cultured person is cultured in everything. So he takes care that after him, the resting place remains clean.

 

32. Rice

If you still haven’t time to take a gripper bag with you and your favorite smartphone fell into the water, put it in a pack of rice because this cereal perfectly absorbs moisture. Well, pilaf can be cooked.

 

33. Umbrella or awning

If you are relaxing on a wild beach or do not want to pay for a sun lounger, an umbrella is a great way to create shade and not get burned in the hot sun.

 

34. Clock

In the era of smartphones, the famous question “but don’t tell me what time it is” ceases to be relevant. But, if you decide to relax on the beach without any means of communication in peace, or your mobile phone suddenly sits down, and you forget your portable charging device, the watch is irreplaceable.

 

35. Fan

Creates a pleasant breeze in hot weather.

 

36. Headdress

A hat or cap will protect against sun and heat stroke and is a stylish accessory. Choose hats made from natural materials such as cotton, rayon, or straw.

 

37. Swimsuit

Make sure once again whether you took it with you so as not to sigh enviously, sitting on the shore and watching other people's water procedures.

 

38. Slippers

The most comfortable shoes for the beach.

 

39. Coral slippers/water shoes

Useful not only for vacationers on the shores of the Red Sea. Aquashoes are special slippers where you can swim and even walk on corals and rocks. And you won't have to worry that the wave will carry away your beach shoes.

 

40. Antibacterial wet wipes

Remember fruits? That's when they will come in handy for you. And in general, this is a vital thing in terms of hygiene.

 

41. Inflatable ring/arm sleeves/swimming board

If you are a useless swimmer, this is no reason to deny yourself the pleasure of splashing in the water.

 

42. Comb

Detangles your curls. This is especially true for those with long hair.

 

43. Binoculars

For the most curious. Maybe you can see the shore opposite or watch a flock of seagulls. 

 

44. Money

Without them, nowhere. You can buy Churchkhella! Praise! Khachapuri with cheese!”

 

45. Salt for hot corn

Applicable if the seller is greedy.

 

46. ​​Sketchbook

Even if you did not assume that you have the makings of an artist, do not be too lazy to take a small album with you. Nature is so beautiful and unique! Maybe the muse will come from a side you didn't expect. You don't have to show your masterpiece to anyone as a last resort.

 

47. Crosswords/Sudoko/Puzzles

Another way to pass the time and train your brain.

 

48. Coins

To throw into the sea/river/ocean/lake and be sure to return...

 

49. Bag

In which you can add all the previous 48 points.

 

50. Good mood

They simply must. Otherwise, all the previous 49 points will be unnecessary.

 

 

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The world ocean covers about 70% of the earth's surface and consists of vast bodies of water - oceans and seas- and smaller ones - lakes and straits. This article will focus on a significant part of the planet's water space, the Aegean Sea. Ancient Greek mythology associates its name with the Athenian king Aegeus, who threw himself from a cliff into the sea, deciding that his son Theseus died in Crete, killed by the Minotaur. You can rightly ask the question: what is so unique about it, except the mythological reference, compared with other Earth water surfaces? First, your attention should be attracted by its advantageous geographical position.

 

There are many islands in the Aegean Sea, more than 2,000. It is easy to calculate that if someone decides to visit all of them, spending only one day exploring one island, such a trip will take five and a half years. Of such a vast number of islands, people live on only a tenth, and the rest are uninhabited, although tourists regularly visit them.

 

Interesting facts about the Aegean Sea 

 

According to legend, the Aegean Sea got its name in honor of the king of Athens, Aegeus. His son Theseus went to the island of Crete to fight the monster Minotaur. The ship set off under a black sail, and when returning, in the event of Theseus' victory, the sail had to be changed to white. Theseus could hit the Minotaur with his dagger, but for the joy, he forgot to change the sail. Aegeus decided that his son was dead and threw himself into the sea, then called the Aegean.

 

Since ancient times, the Aegean Sea has been famous for its fishing; here, in addition to fish, squid, shrimp, crabs, and lobsters were caught in huge quantities. In recent years, the number of fish has decreased. Therefore, it was decided to reduce production, limiting fishing to a few months a year. In addition, due to global warming, the salinity of the water and the temperature in the Aegean Sea are increasing.

 

 

Many tourists visiting resorts on the Aegean coast are concerned about the question - are there sharks here? Cases of shark attacks on people are pretty rare here. In 2008, the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea was closed due to the invasion of sand sharks, but they turned out to be harmless to humans. In total, there are about 35 species of sharks in the Aegean Sea, and only 4 of them are recognized as dangerous.

 

Geography

 

The Aegean Sea belongs to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But of all (22), it is only in 16th place in terms of its area - 179 thousand km², overtaking the Ionian, Azov, and its neighbor - the Sea of ​​​​Marmara. Looking at the map, you will see that its basin occupies a central place, washing the eastern coast of Greece and the western coast of Turkey with its waters. This allows us to call it a link between the West and the East. It, like a mosaic, combines many small islands (about 2000), the most famous of which are Crete, Rhodes, Chios, and Euboea, being, thanks to them, also semi-enclosed from the southern part. The majestic and ancient island of Crete, which still keeps its secrets in coastal waters, can be called highly accurate to its basin. In addition, the Aegean Sea is a virtual channel of island communication. Therefore, if you have always wanted to go on a cruise, then this place is perfect for this: you can enjoy the magnificent, colorful, and always different sunsets and the landscape of the islands, admiring how the sun sets behind one of the many, albeit low, mountain ranges.

 

Tourism

For special connoisseurs of sea travel, the described water area will be at your disposal all year round, since the water temperature in winter is within +11..+15 °C, and in summer, it reaches +22…+25 °C. But tourists should never forget the northern winds in this region in the summer. Therefore, a refreshing breeze will constantly be felt despite the hot weather.

 

Another attraction for tourists is that the Aegean basin has long been famous for its opportunities for fishing activities, not only for fish but also for octopuses. You can dive into the world of marine life using the developed diving system and try to catch a fleeting wave, having surfing skills.

 

Shipping is also a hallmark of this body of water. The three main ports of Piraeus (Greece), Thessaloniki (Greece), and Izmir (Turkey) will gladly welcome sailors, allowing them to admire the seascapes from the coast, which also offers a fascinating view. And since the Turkish coast is replete with bays, this will enable yachting enthusiasts to retire from noisy ports and more intensely feel the sound of the surf.

 

History buffs will also like this region since such a vast number of significant historical upheavals that this sea has experienced can hardly boast of any other body of water on the planet.

 

Historical outline

 

With its essential central position, the Aegean can be called the cradle of antiquity. It was the node of the development of ancient Greece, allowing Athens to rise because of their skillful understanding of the benefits and effectiveness of sea currents. And then to the Italian cities - the states that became the leading players in trade in the Middle Ages. This happened to a greater extent, thanks to the Aegean Sea Canal, which acted as a bridge the Italian merchant fleet used to trade first with Byzantium and then with the Ottoman Empire.

 

This sea was the most valuable for warfare in terms of the chaotic arrangement of the islands, of which there are many. Still, capturing even one of them makes it possible to control maritime communications between the islands and continental territories. For example, the events of the Cretan or Candian Wars (1645 - 1669) unfolded in this region when the Turks were able to take away the island of Crete from Venice, which had belonged to it since the time of the Crusades. It also adds religious and cultural flavor to the waters. During the Second World War, this basin's most critical strategic islands fell under German control.

 

The sea in present

Currently, the territory of the sea is free from military conflicts. But, being an essential key in geopolitical relations, the so-called "Aegean question" consisting not only of several controversial points regarding the neighboring rights of Turkey and Greece - the two significant territories that the Aegean basin shares about its water area, but also airspace above it is still relevant. The last dispute occurred in 1996, which almost led to the outbreak of hostilities between the two states.

 

Ecology

Unfortunately, the ecological situation in the Aegean region is complicated because the route of oil tankers (merchant ships carrying oil in bulk) from the Black Sea passes through it, so spills of flammable liquids often occur. Another problem is related to wastewater discharges. But if the Greek coast is leveled due to the catchment area of ​​land and the site of ​​the sea, which are 1:1, then the western Turkish coast becomes more unreliable in ecological terms. The problem of “red” tides has arisen: seawater off the coast becomes brown-red due to the rise from the depths of waters rich in phosphorus and atom, which affects the rapid reproduction of toxic microflora. Tourists at this time can neither swim nor eat seafood.

 

But despite the existence of some environmental problems that almost any water basin in the modern industrialized world has, the Aegean Sea takes the 6th place in the "hygienic" rating, being cleaner than the Mediterranean beaches of France, Spain, and Italy, the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas. And the beaches comply with environmental standards: the ecological friendliness of the coastal zone is confirmed by a series of EU blue flags.

The only thing that should be taken more carefully is the salinity of the water: the water in the Aegean basin, compared to, for example, the Black, has a higher salinity. Therefore, to avoid an allergic reaction both on the skin and on the eyes, it is recommended to wash with fresh water after bathing.

 

Art 

Sea smoothness and waves have always attracted tourists from all over the world. They are also an inspiration for many creative people. Painters with trepidation depict character, views, and crystal aquamarine water on their canvases. For example, the famous Russian artist - marine painter I.K. Aivazovsky painted the painting Rocky Coastal Landscape in the Aegean Sea (1884). On it, the artist depicted the infinity and depth of water, a lonely ship that does not want to fall into the abyss of this sea power, and the proud patrons of the sea - birds that are not destined to succumb to the current.

 

Pirates

Navigation in the Aegean has been developed since antiquity. It is not surprising that there have been many shipwrecks during all this time. For example, in 2018, maritime archaeologists discovered 58 ships at the bottom of the small Fourni archipelago, most of which sank in antiquity. On 90% of the boats, there were amphorae, thanks to which it was possible to conclude when and what goods were transported across the Aegean Sea.

 

The danger to sailors in the Aegean was not only storms and fogs but also pirates. Moreover, the pirates of the Zgea Sea were mentioned as early as the 8th century BC. Merchant ships passed through here in huge numbers, and the rocky coast and many islands were an ideal hiding place for sea robbers. Most often, pirates used small, nimble boats.

 

The Aegean Sea near Greece 

The Greek port of Piraeus is the largest in Europe and the third in the world. It is just a few kilometers from Athens, the capital of Greece. The port occupies a vast territory, receiving hundreds of ships and ferries daily. Piraeus serves up to 20 million passengers annually. In ancient times, there was a small fishing settlement here, and in the 5th century BC, the ruler of Athens, Themistocles, decided to build a large seaport here.

 

In 1983, the Museum of the Aegean Sea was opened in Mykonos; this museum is located in a building built in the 19th century. The museum specializes in the history of Greek maritime trade since antiquity. Visitors can see unique maps, rare documents, marine equipment, and navigational instruments. The museum has a library containing about 5,000 of the most irregular publications.

 

Other interesting facts

There, the brother, the twin of the well-known Titanic, the Britannic, sank in 1916. The most paradoxical thing is that the Britannic was conceived as a replacement for the Titanic, which had a sad take into account, so it was put on several improvements. For example, watertight bulkheads passed through the decks with first-class cabins. It was the largest ship of that time, converted into a hospital afloat, and actively participated in the hostilities of the First World War. Despite its considerable size, the boat sank in just 55 minutes. Most people were able to escape (1035 out of 1066). But they plunged to its remains in 1975: Jacques Yves Cousteau discovered it on the seabed. Currently, the ship, or rather what is left of it, rests in the depths of the sea. Those wishing to see it with their own eyes are growing every year, but the Britannic is under the protection of the state, and it is forbidden to dive into the area of ​​​​its flooding.

 

 

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A trip to the sea is one of the best ways to relax and switch. Before you set off, pack your suitcase (thanks, cap). We know it isn't straightforward. Therefore, we have compiled a list of things that will make it easy to pack all the stuff.

 

Travel Documents

Take a photo of the documents and upload them to your phone or cloud storage - in case the originals are lost, copies will remain, and they can be printed or sent.

 

Passports and their photocopies

It would help if you had a regular passport. Sometimes, you need a valid visa - if you go to the sea abroad. Make photocopies of the first page of your passport and the visa page - you can carry them with you instead of a document so as not to lose the originals. 

 

Medical insurance

Insurance must be taken out before the trip: sometimes, it is needed even when applying for a visa. What kind of insurance to arrange, read in our material.

 

Tickets

Check with your carrier about online check-in - this is a very convenient procedure that reduces time in queues on the spot. You receive a boarding pass in advance by filling in the required data on the carrier's website. Check if you need to print tickets afterward or show them from the smartphone screen.

 

Voucher or printed reservations

Guarantee that you can check into the hotel. When booking a hotel, a confirmation voucher can be sent by mail to yourself and forwarded to fellow travelers - you will always have access to it, even if the Internet and connection are lost.

 

Driver license

Don't forget your driver's license if you plan to rent a car. They must be international if the trip is overseas.

 

Clothing

When choosing clothes, focus on the main pastime. If you spend more time at sea or by the pool, a couple of dresses and shorts with T-shirts will suffice. If there are excursions and trips to nature, you also need to take clothes suitable for such walks.

 

Road clothes set

Decide what you're going to do. It should be comfortable clothing made of light fabric you feel comfortable on the road.

 

Swimsuit

We bathe in one, dry in the other. A unique cosmetic bag for a swimsuit will also come in handy; you can buy one in a lingerie store.

 

Pair of T-shirts and skirt/shorts

Choose versatile items that blend well, dry quickly, and don't wrinkle.

 

Underwear

One set for each day.

 

Socks

To keep your socks from taking up space in your suitcase, roll them up and put them inside the shoes you take with you.

 

Sleepwear

Light pajamas or a long T-shirt for comfortable sleep.

 

Long pants and a light jacket/jacket

For chilly evenings or a day trip to the mountains.

 

 

Shirt or blouse with long sleeves

In case you get burned and need to escape from the sun.

 

Clothing for a restaurant or a disco

In many hotels, thematic performances, animations, or dances are arranged in the evenings. It would help if you had something neat and intelligent, but not too much.

 

Beach Flip-flops

Flip-flops or flip-flops are needed for the beach, the pool, and sometimes to take a shower in the room.

 

Sandals

Formal and weekend shoes, so as not to be ashamed to go to a bar (some are not allowed in flip flops) or to the terrace in a cafe.

 

Comfortable shoes for excursions

Worn-out sneakers or sneakers in which you can walk all day without fear of rubbing your feet.

 

Cap or hat

A cap, hat, or Panama hat will protect against sunstroke.

 

Sunglasses

Not only a fashion accessory but also an irreplaceable thing that protects the eyes from bright light and ultraviolet radiation.

 

Hygiene items

Collect a separate cosmetic bag with hygiene products - it is more convenient to store all the tubes and jars in one place, so they do not hang around the suitcase. And it will also save your things if something spills along the way.

 

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Everyone takes a brush, and the paste is in a large tube, one for all participants in the trip.

 

Shampoo, shower gel, washcloth, deodorant, tonic, or facial wash

Pour the liquid into small jars, and what you can take for everyone, take in a single copy. Remember that if any bottles travel in hand luggage, they must be less than 100 ml. By the way, if you go to an excellent hotel and there are bath accessories, you don’t need to drag some of this, and you can even take something with you as a keepsake. What can and cannot be taken from the hote?hoteldd here.

 

Comb

Better folding, which does not take up much space in hand luggage.

 

Antibacterial hand gel

It is convenient to carry with you, as it is not always possible to wash your hands on the way, and napkins run out quickly.

 

Towel

Check if your hotel provides towels. If yes, but yours out of your luggage! If you still want to take your own, take a microfiber towel: it is light and dries quickly.

 

Lenses and solutions for them

We take at least two pairs of spare lenses, as well as a small jar of the solution so that it is enough for the duration of the trip. Alternatively, buy a pack of one-day lenses.

 

Beach trivia

 

Sun protection

At least sunscreen, after-sun cream, and lip balm with SPF. How to choose the proper sun protection, read here.

 

Cover

To sunbathe. A towel is also suitable for this business, but if several people or a large company are traveling with you, it is better to take a light blanket (but not woolen!).

 

Book

Go for the paperback one - it weighs less than a hardcover book. And if you plan to read the entire list of books for the summer, think about an e-book - why drag a whole library when you can download several volumes of your favorite authors at once and not worry that the reading has ended on the first day.

 

Water bottle/thermos

Great idea to avoid buying extra plastic bottles. And with a thermos, the water will always be cold - the most it is in the heat!

 

Playing cards

They take up little space in the backpack and guarantee a fun time on the beach.

 

Mask, fins, water slippers, air mattress

Take it with you if you do not want to spend money and buy these things on the beach.

 

Beach bag

It is convenient to wear to the beach - you will add everything according to the list above.

 

First aid kit

No one is immune to headaches, fever, or indigestion while on vacation. Therefore, collect proven tablets in your first-aid kit that is beyond doubt (why your first-aid kit is always better, we tell here). There are pharmacies everywhere, but finding an analog of Russian medicine is not always easy.

 

Tablets

From indigestion, colds, runny nose, allergies, motion sickness, antipyretic, analgesic. Check that the names are well read and you know what each drug is from and what dosage.

 

Plasters

Get a set of patches in different sizes and callus patches if you plan on walking a lot.

 

Sunburn remedy

Panthenol or "Rescuer" will do if you do not calculate the time in the sun and get burned.

 

Antiseptic

Buy iodine or brilliant green in pencil - they won't spill in your luggage and won't ruin your things.

 

Eye and ear drops

There is a lot of dust everywhere, and seawater can stuff your ears, so put saving drops with you.

 

Personal medications

If you have specific allergies or asthma, medications should be on hand. This applies to those that are needed in an emergency and those pills that are taken constantly.

 

Technique

Put gadgets in waterproof cases and chargers in a separate bag so the wires do not bend.

 

Telephone

A necessary thing: this is a connection, and a camera, and a player, and a flashlight, and a navigator, and a notepad for notes. Install valuable applications on the road, such as offline maps or a reader - everything you need is collected in the article.

 

Headphones

To listen to music or audiobooks on the go.

 

Camera and memory card

If you think the camera in the phone is not enough, we advise you to take a small camera instead of heavy photographic equipment. Why burden yourself with extra weight on vacation?

 

Chargers and batteries

Check if all gadgets are charged and if all wires are working.

 

Powerbank (external battery)

To recharge your gadgets on the go. A small power bank with a capacity of 5000-10,000 mAh is suitable. Enough for one or two charges during the day.

 

Adapter

There are 15 types of sockets in the world; for example, in India, Italy, Israel, and Cyprus, they differ. Familiarize yourself with the types of sockets in advance so as not to look for an adapter on the spot if you are unsure if your adapter will fit the sockets in the hotel.

 

Money

How and where to store valuables on a trip on a sea holiday, we tell here.

 

Two cards

Preferably two different payment systems, such as Visa and Mastercard. In case of failure of one, it will be possible to use a spare. Remember to notify your bank if you are going abroad.

 

Cash

Remember: you never need to carry all your cash with you. Put the money in different places (of course, not in the luggage you will hand over!). For example, you can hide in a secret pocket of a backpack you take with you in hand luggage.

 

Currency

Take dollars or euros, or any other currency depending on your destination.

 

What to take a woman

 

Pareo or sundress

It is convenient to throw over a swimsuit to go to the beach or the pool.

 

A small bag

A small bag will be handy to add the necessary little things for a walk around the city.

 

Manicure set

Remember that neither a nail file, scissors, orezers in hand luggage will be allowed on the plane - put them in your suitcase.

 

Cosmetics

A minimum of cosmetics, let the skin rest. Choose travel options for your favorite cream or perfume - they are more compact and take up less space in your cosmetic bag.

 

Funds for critical days

Take what suits you.

 

What to take a man

 

Razor and shaving foam

We put it in a suitcase.

 

Belt bag

It is smaller than a backpack. We hide everything necessary inside: phone, documents, keys, and money.Such a bagt is v, very convenient for boat trips, rides, and cycling trips.

 

What to take if you are traveling with children

 

Documents for a child

Birth certificate, consent to travel (to some countries), if the children are traveling with one parent, and a new passport (you can only enter a child in an old passport

 

Clothing

In principle, the list of clothes at the beginning of our article is also suitable for children. Remember that the smaller the child, the faster he gets things dirty. Therefore, take additional sets of children's clothing, warm socks, tights for girls, and trousers for boys. Also, children burn faster in the sun, so they take light sweaters and shirts.

 

A toy

Favorite toy with which the child falls asleep or without which he refuses to leave the house.

 

Diapers and other necessary

In order not to lug a supply of diapers for the whole vacation, find out if the right ones are sold in the place where you are going. You will probably find some diapers, but if you have preferences, it is better to take care of them in advance.

 

Waterproof sheets or diapers

You can lay it in transport or on a bed in a hotel.

 

Baby food, bib, and bottle

Baby food for babies under two years old can be taken in hand luggage, but only in the amount needed for the flight's duration (even if the capacity is more than 100 ml). With a bib, clothes can be changed less often, and the bottle will come in handy to dilute the formula for feeding.

 

Baby cream

Moisturizing - after water procedures, anti-inflammatory - with skin irritation, protective - from moisture loss, wind, and sun.

 

Armlets or rubber band

To swim safely.

 

Pencils, sketchbook, coloring book

Consider your child's leisure time. We told in our article about the things that will entertain the child on a trip.

 

What to take in transport

 

Whether you are traveling by car, train, bus, or plane, take with you:

 

Paper tissues and wet wipes

An absolute must-have anytime, anywhere!

 

Travel set

An inflatable pillow, earplugs, and a sleep mask will protect your sleep in transport from bright light and noise and save you from a stiff neck.

 

Blanket

In case the air conditioner will work to its fullest. Life hack: the blanket can then be used as a blanket to sunbathe on the beach.

 

Change of shoes

Cloth slippers to rest your feet.

 

Lollipops and snacks

Valuable to kill a worm.

 

Tablet with movies and games

To keep yourself and the kids busy on a long trip.

 

What not to take

 

Hair dryer and iron

If there is no hair dryer and iron in the room, you can ask for them at the reception. If you rent an apartment on the sea, you should ask the owners about their availability.


Umbrella (beach or rain)

A beach umbrella can be rented on the beach or bought locally, so you don't have to carry it in your hand luggage. And an umbrella from the rain at sea is unlikely to be helpful to you.

 

Quadcopter

Check the laws of flying on drones where you are going (they are prohibited somewhere above the cities), as well as the rules for transporting quadrocopters on airplanes - we talk about all the nuances of using drones while traveling in the article.

 

Notebook

You're going on vacation, not to work!

 

Expensive jewelry

Leave them at home if you don't want to constantly worry about your gold rings and earrings left in the room.

 

Warm clothes

Recheck the weather forecast and consider whether you need a warm sweater and jeans for the sea.

 

Evening dresses and stilettos

You can get by with sandals from the list of basic clothes and a short cocktail dress if you are planning parties in expensive restaurants and trips to discos.

 

 

So let's check again if everything is ready for the holidays

  • The documents
  • Money
  • Swimsuit and swimming trunks
  • Flip-flops and spare shoes
  • Clothing
  • Telephone
  • Camera
  • Chargers and adapter
  • Travel first aid kit
  • Travel set
  • Toothbrush
  • Bath accessories

 

The most important thing is to take a good mood on vacation. Rest will not be pleasant if you worry about things forgotten at home. Almost everything from the list above can be bought on the spot, so sit back and relax!

 

 

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Easter - a holiday full of traditions and facts.

 

People from different cultures and countries have different attitudes towards Easter. They also have different interpretations of its original meaning and their own traditions on how to celebrate it. Here are a few facts about Easter that will impress you for sure.

 

Catholics and Orthodox use different calendars when counting: in the first case, the Gregorian, and in the second, the Julian. Therefore, it turns out that Catholics start from the spring equinox on March 21 according to the new style, and Orthodox - from the old date - April 3. Thus, in 2022 Easter will be:

 

  • for the Orthodox - April 24;
  • for Catholics - April 17.

 

Read the most interesting facts about Easter below.

 

 

Facts about Easter traditions

 

1. The concept of an Easter bunny giving eggs and candy originates in Germany. The first written document of this tradition appeared in the 16th century. By the 1700s, Dutch immigrants brought the idea of ​​rabbits to the United States when they settled in Pennsylvania.

 

2. Traditional Easter clothing includes pastel colors and floral prints. This means the coming of spring. The trend suggests that people are spending around $3.3 billion on Easter clothing.

 

3. The Easter Bunny came to life from the legends.

 

4. In some cultures, rabbits are seen as a symbol of new life. The German legend of the Easter Bunny tells the story of a woman who plants hidden decorated eggs throughout the city during a famine. Finding the eggs, the children saw a big rabbit jumping around.

 

5. The official Easter flower is the white lily.

 

 

6. These "Easter lilies" symbolize grace and purity. Therefore, during Easter, people decorate their houses and churches with these flowers.

 

7. Easter in the United States is celebrated by leaving Easter baskets for children on the morning of the holiday.

 

8. This was one of the manifestations of how Protestants demonstrated their rejection of Catholic Easter traditions. Moreover, in some European countries there are other animals. The cuckoo brings eggs in Switzerland, and the fox in Westphalia.

 

9. Followers of the Greek Orthodox Church paint their Easter eggs red. It signifies the blood of Jesus and his victory over death. In addition, red also symbolizes the renewal of life.

 

10. In some European countries, people burn Easter bonfires. It is believed that this tradition represents fertility.

 

11. Pretzels were also used to celebrate Easter

 

 

12. Its shape evoked associations with Easter due to the similarity of the hands crossed in prayer.

 

13. On Easter morning, children raced to see who would get the rabbit's basket. Unlike regular gifts and wrapped boxes, Easter baskets are open. This design is intended to resemble a bird's nest in which eggs are kept.

 

14. Early egg dyes were made from natural materials. Some items used are flower petals, juices, onion skins, and tree bark.

 

15. Among the holiday eggs, there is one called "Real Easter Egg". This particular piece explains the Christian meaning of the holiday. Back in 2012, 90,000 real Easter eggs were sold to churches.

 

16. In Europe, it is called the Easter Bunny. From that point on, the rabbit jumped to fame in the US in the 1800s. In addition to Easter egg hunting, other Easter customs include the making of Easter baskets and the wearing of Easter bonnets.

 

 

17. The inhabitants of Scotland and North East England rolled dyed eggs over steep hills.

Some Americans also do this by pushing eggs with spoons.

 

18. The coloring of chickens for the Easter season has been the subject of controversy among celebrants.

 

19. Several hatcheries have already ceased participation. However, others argue that it is not harmful to their health as the dye sheds along with their down as they begin to grow feathers.

 

Facts in numbers about Easter

 

 

20. On average, children in the UK receive 8.8 Easter eggs a year. This number is equivalent to twice the recommended calorie intake for them for an entire week.

 

21. In some cases, candy sales are higher the week before Easter than the week before Halloween.

 

22. The first recorded use of decorated Easter eggs was in the 13th century. The resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is associated with the appearance of a new one from an eggshell. Eventually, it became the official symbol of the Resurrection.

 

23. The tradition of rabbits for Easter originated in the Protestant communities of Europe.

Although it began in the 17th century, it only became common in the 19th century. They believe that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides Easter eggs.

 

24. "Easter Bonnet" originated from the ballad "Easter Parade". Composer Irving Berlin launched American pop culture in 1933. This song is still one of the most popular Easter tunes.

 

25. In 2011, Italy made the world's tallest chocolate Easter egg. It was 10.39 meters tall and weighed 7200 kilograms. In other words, the tall Easter egg is taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.

 

 

26. Brazil set another Easter Bunny record in February 2017. Located in Minas Gerais, Brazil, the Equipe da Casa do Chocolate at Shopping Uberaba has created a giant cocoa bunny. Nine professional chocolatiers built the rabbit for eight consecutive days until they set a Guinness World Record.

 

27. In 2007, the largest Easter egg hunt took place in Florida. 9,753 children and 501,000 eggs took part in the hunt.

 

28. Contrary to what many people think, hollow chocolate bunnies are better. Since hard chocolate will be as hard as a brick, it can seriously damage your teeth. While the hollow pieces are of great value due to the chocolate trail they have.

 

29. A 2007 Faberge Easter egg was sold for around £9 million.

 

30. Marmalade was first introduced in the 1930s as an Easter treat. Today, consumption among Americans during the holiday reaches 16 million. This amount is enough for marmalade to circle the globe three times.

 

31. The US produces hundreds of millions of Easter candies every year. This production includes 90 million chocolate bunnies, 700 million eyes and 91.4 billion chocolate eggs.

 

Facts from Easter history

 

 

32. Easter is the oldest of the Christian holidays.

 

33. Eastern and Western Christians celebrated Easter at different times.

 

34. Eastern Christianity bases its Easter dates on the Julian calendar.

 

35. According to the Christian calendar, Easter comes after the forty days of Lent.

 

36. Sundays are not included in the calculation. Traditions include fasting and penance.

 

37. The Holy Week before Easter Sunday is dedicated to names and memorials.

 

38. One of them is Maundy Thursday, dedicated to the Last Supper, which Jesus arranged with his disciples. The other is Good Friday in recognition of His crucifixion. Holy Saturday is a transitional day for the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

 

39. Western Christianity celebrates Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

 

 

40. It includes both Catholics and Protestants. Due to complex calculations, Easter Sunday could have been anytime between March 22 and April 25.

 

41. In Polish folklore, the Virgin Mary offered eggs to Christ's guards on the cross. When she begged for their mercy, her tears flowed, leaving stains on the eggs.

 

42. In the Middle Ages, Easter involved throwing an egg at a church. The custom began with the priest tossing a hard-boiled egg to a choir boy. Whoever catches it throws it to another, and so on. When the clock strikes 12, whoever holds the egg wins and keeps the egg.

 

43. President Rutherford Hayes initiated an annual tradition of egg rolls at the White House.

 

44. The first families after his reign have retained Easter customs to this day.

 

45. The former press secretary for President Donald Trump was a former Easter Bunny.

Sean Spicer dressed up as an Easter Bunny during the George W. Bush administration. The character has always been a part of the White House Easter Egg Roll since day one. Proud of his rabbit days, Spicer even lists it in his biography of the Republican Party.

 

46. About half of the US has banned painting chickens for Easter. Meanwhile, Florida took a different path when it repealed the 45-year-old law.

 

 

47. The tradition of buying new clothes for Easter began in New York City in the mid-1800s. People believed that new clothes for Easter would bring them good luck throughout the year. Until today, more and more people adhere to this custom.

 

48. There are many theories about the name of Good Friday before Easter. Despite the fact that Catholics celebrate the Passion of Christ on this day, they still believe that there is something good in it. They see the suffering and death of Jesus as a stepping stone to His Resurrection and victory over death and sin.

 

49. According to another theory, Good Friday originated from "God's Friday". However, there is no etymological basis for this theory. Linguist Ben Zimmer observed that Good Friday does not translate as "Gottes Freitag" or "God's Friday" in German. Instead, it is "Karfreitag" which means "Mournful Friday".

 

50. The latter theory refers to the ancient meaning of the word "good." Other names for the day include "Holy Friday" in Roman and "Good Friday" in Russian. Moreover, the Oxford English Dictionary can confirm this theory.

 

 

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Christmas is a truly magical holiday, in honor of which one would like to present all loved ones something really precious. But sometimes it's so hard to find something really worthy, especially if your friends and family seem to already have everything.


The best gifts are given on this bright holiday. Below you will find lists of gift ideas for people of all genders and ages. You will find a list of forbidden gifts, delivery and packing ideas, DIY gifts and many other interesting things about CHRISTMAS GIFTS. This is the biggest Christmas Gift Guide 2021 by Bemorepanda, let's start it.


TOP 100 gifts for Christmas 2021


  1. Dancing musical Christmas tree
  2. Fortune cookies in a jar or box
  3. Unusual sweets and drinks from other countries
  4. Annual subscription to the online cinema
  5. Knitted sweater with northern patterns is a traditional gift of northern peoples for Christmas.
  6. A garland of candies and gingerbreads
  7. Santa Claus figurine with a bag of surprises
  8. Figure skates
  9. Musical box
  10. Thermo mug



  1. Santa Claus singing toy
  2. Tickets to the theater 
  3. Angel dolls
  4. Bells on a ribbon for a Christmas tree
  5. Certificate for extreme adventure: rope jump, horror quest, tattoo, etc. 
  6. Ring that changes color depending on the mood of the owner
  7. Figured candle
  8. Sled
  9. Plates or mugs with Christmas motives
  10. Christmas Candles



  1. Wooden map of the world
  2. Cute slippers
  3. Night lamp with Santa or snowflakes
  4. Bouquet of strawberries with decorations
  5. Figured mirror
  6. Socks over the fireplace with small surprises
  7. Organizer for kitchen utensils
  8. Star or moon night light 
  9. Salt lamp
  10. Cinnamon and mint-flavored candy cane



  1. Custom-madetree toy (for example, with a photo of the recipient)
  2. Snow globe with Christmas attributes inside
  3. 3D lamp in the form of a deer
  4. Glow in the dark window stickers: stars and snowflakes
  5. Atmospheric calendar
  6. Home planetarium
  7. Artificial tree that can be disassembled
  8. Motivational poster 
  9. Poster with Christmas symbols 
  10. Drawing board



  1. Christmas earrings
  2. Gloves will be a pleasant gift to your grandmother or grandfather.
  3. Christmas tea
  4. Hanger in the hallway for clothes in the shape of a deer
  5. Anti Stress toy 
  6. Christmas pillow
  7. Touchscreen gloves
  8. A set of tools that is a suitable Christmas gift for a husband with “golden hands”
  9. Apron with Christmas symbols
  10. A set for growing herbs at home



  1. A book for winter holidays is a wonderful gift as well
  2. Christmas Santa boots with gingerbread, candies and nuts 
  3. Weather forecaster
  4. Special light for reading
  5. Cookie mold practical gift for wife
  6. Sport accessories 
  7. Piggy bank for money
  8. Kitchen scales
  9. Heated insoles
  10. Mini heater



  1. Symbol of the animal of the coming year
  2. Pocket ( for cards, money, etc.)
  3. Travel backpack
  4. Washing sponge with body milk from Christmas edition
  5. Makeup brushes
  6. Glowing Christmas tree decorations
  7. Mirror ball
  8. A set of knives
  9. Christmas forms for fried eggs 
  10. Real fountain pen with a bottle of ink



  1. Pair of watches for lovers 
  2. Decorative vinyl wall
  3. Electric tape measure
  4. Hand fan
  5. Castle with fingerprint
  6. Original playing cards
  7. Knife sharpener a funny gift with a hint of your husband
  8. Interactive Santa 
  9. Decoration in the form of socks
  10. Clothes Organizer



  1. Holder for wine bottles
  2. Colored Glasses
  3. Balls orbizy
  4. Stylistic Notebook
  5. Tattoo sticker surprise for a classmate
  6. Artificial succulent
  7. Face masks can be a good present to your sister for the winter holidays
  8. Garland with a clip for photographs
  9. Exotic fruits from other countries
  10. Bluetooth speaker



  1. Wishes on pieces of paper in a jar 
  2. E-book or an annual subscription to an online reader
  3. Socks with pictures of classics on them
  4. Soft headphones for sleep for those who like to sleep with music, but are afraid to break the device or damage their ears
  5. A set for making Glintwine on their own. 
  6. Beauty box - a set of brushes, creams and masks
  7. Flask, with handwritten inscriptions, drawings
  8. Table games for a loved one is always a good present
  9. Electronic heating pad
  10. Perfume 


A wonderful tradition to present your loved ones with Christmas gifts. If you want the surprise to be remembered for a long time and bring more pleasant emotions, then it is better to choose something with a deep meaning and special meaning. This will immediately stand out from the rest, and make the recipient feel special.


WHAT TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN FOR CHRISTMAS


On a special occasion, adults try to please children not only with things, but also with sweets, filling Santa Claus bags with gingerbread cookies, sweets, chocolates, nuts and other delicious delicacies. For kids, this holiday is as important as a birthday.


Giving gifts to children for Christmas, mom and dad try to fulfill their secret or explicit dreams. If a child wants to ride a bike as a gift, most likely he will see it under the tree on Christmas Eve, or more likely the morning after it.


But what happens when children dream of receiving an expensive gadget as a gift, or a flight to the moon? Of course, there are options when a loving father and mother take out a loan to please the child.

 

 

Consider alternatives that are more affordable if your budget is tight. But if a powerful computer or graphic tablet is needed for a teenager's studies, the development of his talents, then perhaps this is a good way out and the child will receive the perfect Christmas present.


And instead of a flight into space, a performance arranged for a child will be a worthy gift. A play, objects symbolizing a dream, a helmet or jumpsuit like astronauts, a painting with a lunar landscape are good ideas. Even courses for training an astronaut are fine too.


Some more good ideas for Christmas gifts for children:


Figured chocolate. What happens if you combine a funny character or a wonderful thing with your favorite chocolate? That's right, a sea of ​​delight!

Be sure that receiving a huge chocolate bar for the holiday will be a bright event for a child of any age and even for an adult with a sweet tooth.


Neokub. A set of magnetic balls that funnily roll, push off or magnetise, creating a huge layer for experiments.

A great souvenir for a crumb for New Year and Christmas. Various forms are created from them, which are then calmly destroyed, while a person enjoys pleasant tactile sensations.

 

 

Mechanical piggy bank. A box from which a cat's paw crawls out and pulls in a coin, placed on a special podium.

A mesmerizing thing will make a person of any age laugh, especially a younger one, because this nimble paw is so interesting to watch! In addition, it is useful for children to acquire the skill of preserving numerous coins or tokens.


Alarm clock with a target. Truly a universal item for a baby, teenager or adult "owls"! This little thing is an alarm clock, from which the target crawls out during the call. To close it and turn off the alarm, you need to hit the target with a laser pistol.

And some models allow you to activate the game mode and shoot with pleasure.


GIFT FOR PARENTS


When you are looking for something to give your parents for a holiday, you rarely find a suitable option right away. Mom and Dad put a lot of energy and love in their children and I want to find perfect gifts for them.

A gift can be both shared for the older family, and separately for the father and mother.


Painting. It doesn't matter the origin of the canvas, whether you purchased it, painted it yourself or ordered it from an experienced artist, the main thing is to choose the canvas so that the parents would like the plot and performance.

Pay attention to the style of painting or graphics you are purchasing. A couple more obligatory points: the size of the painting must fit into the dimensions of the apartment and fit the interior.


Collector's edition of the book. There is nothing better than a book in the genre preferred by mom or dad. You probably know which books your parents will love.

 

 

Spiritual book Traditional gifts for believers - The Bible is what is customary to give on a religious holiday.


Hanging chairs or bean bag chairs. A necessary thing for those who do not mind, sometimes relaxing while reading a book or watching a movie, or maybe arrange a cozy afternoon nap.

Comfortable upholstered furniture will help parents feel care, comfort and convenience through personal experience.


Paired mugs are a budget present for parents, both original and useful in everyday life. Place a box under the tree - a fabulous Santa brings gifts on Christmas night without forgetting anyone.


Miniature (1-2 cm) golden mouse and spoon. They attract wealth and prosperity. A mouse as a symbol of thrifty, and a spoon implies the presence of food on the table, i.e. satiety.


WHAT TO GIVE TO A FRIEND AND FRIEND FOR WINTER HOLIDAYS


How to choose a gift for a friend? What to give friends and girlfriends on a Christmas theme?

If you approach the purchase seriously, the present will be able to touch your friend to the core. A guy or a girl with a sense of humor can give something funny and ridiculous, and at the same time laugh at it. And if photos are taken during the presentation of the gift and emotions are reflected on them, it will turn out even better. Memorable photographs warm and evoke pleasant nostalgia.


 “Tinned socks”, a funny souvenir, is perfect for a merry fellow. A “buddy socks” is a pair or more pairs of socks packed in a kind of can. You need to open them in the same way as ordinary vegetable ones.

Thanks to the present, you will laugh together, and socks will not become superfluous in your wardrobe.


Non-standard periodic table. A useful little thing for bartender friends. Instead of the usual cells with the names of the elements, the table is filled with various names of spirits, cocktails and snacks. And sometimes the contents of the cells are hidden from the recipient until he erases the protective layer with a coin or something similar.

 

 

The “Swiss Flashlight” is the best for friends who love adventure or hiking. What gift to choose for a friend if he has a lot of these things? An unusual and original flashlight should be multifunctional. Now it is a trend when one item contains several functions. For example, a series of Swiss knife tools are added to the lighting.


A mini fridge will help you get a soft drink or ice cream at any time. And the range of places for use is extremely wide: on a hike, on the beach, while watching a movie, etc.

A large figured Christmas candle will decorate your home on a joyful holiday.

A giant Christmas gingerbread painting will bring pleasure to your sweet tooth girlfriend.


Bracelets, pendants, rings for friends. To show how important your relationship with your girlfriend / boyfriend is, present them with matching accessories and wear them regularly.

By tradition, people hide them in their wallets so that soon it will be filled with rustling pieces of paper.

 

 

An attribute of the bright holiday of Christmas to a believer, for example, an angel, a “Christmas star” flower, or an LED Santa with a Christmas tree. Attractive beach stones, rare coins , etc. Present any cute trinket and tie it with you, they say, “I will look after you through this little thing”, “I will be with you everywhere”. The surprise will not only touch the soul, but also support in difficult times, bring good luck.


PRACTICAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS


If the person you want to surprise doesn't like useless things that take up space, then it's best to give him a useful gift. And here is our next selection of presents.


Food container.  If your friend is a busy personality and he often has to eat outside the house, then the lunchbox will come in handy. Pick up a gift for your friend for Christmas, depending on whether he has a snack at work or a full dinner.

They differ in color, size, number and shape of compartments, and method of closing.


Smart scales are useful for many: from a girlfriend weighing herself every hour to a friend who remembers them once a month. The balance communicates with the smartphone app and transmits the weighing results. The device calculates the proportion of fat and muscle, determining the type of figure and other delights. BUT you can give them only if the woman is not touchy and does not take the gift as a hint of excess weight, but to help in maintaining good shape.

 

 

The Hidden Object Keychain is tiny but useful. Something that can be given to a spouse who often loses keys and other little things We all have at least once lost some small thing in an apartment and could not find it for a long time.

Depending on the type of device, it will beep and blink in response to a subtle whistle, some will respond to pops, while others are completely activated using an application on the phone.


Power bank. The right thing to recharge your phone. Being comfortable in everyday life and having a fancy look, the power bank is useful for those who like to sit in their smartphone.

In 2021, the trend for the shape of the power bank: pokeball, food, unicorns and emoticons.


INEXPENSIVE AND SYMBOLIC CHRISTMAS GIFTS


By the beginning of the holiday and surprises, it happens that not everything has been bought, but the wallet is already empty, or a loved one already has everything he wanted. In this case, the following list of inexpensive and symbolic gifts for the holiday will come to the rescue.


Photography is a symbolic presentation. It sounds corny, but this is actually a curious option. Find two photos together: the oldest you can find and the newest. Insert a photo in a double frame and touch the recipient. An emotional panel will be a good gift for your wife for Christmas and at the same time budget if you don't have enough money to buy an expensive gift.


Keychain. Buy a metal pendant and order a symbolic engraving from the master. It can be an important quote, autograph of a movie star, a line from your favorite song, etc. The decoration will turn out to be a kind of luck magnet and analogue to expensive gifts.


A great gift for a believer can be associated with religion. Cross made of gold or silver, or a ring with an engraved inscription is a touching and sincere gift.

It's a good idea to give your friends small figurines associated with the great holiday for Christmas: baby Jesus, Virgin Mary and the Magi.


DIY GIFT


Want to impress the recipient and give a memorable gift? Try DIY Christmas presents.

Our selection of Christmas presents you can make yourself.


Picture or photography. If you have the skill of drawing, create a drawing or picture yourself. If not, there are many simple videos on YouTube on how to paint a picture for beginners.


Embroidery on clothes. To complete the plan, you need some skills. Find the simplest basic T-shirt and embroider letters or pictures on it.


Drawing on a backpack is easy. Buy paint for fabric or leather, and paint a simple yet eye-catching silhouette on the largest pocket of your backpack.


A toy. Everything is clear here, draw yourself or take a toy diagram from the Internet, prepare everything you need and, playing a video tutorial, proceed.


A sweet Christmas gift for children cannot be ignored. A traditional Christmas cake will delight children and adults alike. When drawing up who to give gifts and which ones, try to prepare a new delicacy for each year.


You can make Christmas bouquets and wreaths with your own hands; it is easy to decorate them with bells, red ribbons and bows, which you can buy in souvenir shops.

It is not very difficult to make Christmas candles.


Just imagine what the recipient will feel: the toy in his hands is the only one in the whole world!

There are many video and photo lessons of Christmas gifts. For example, these cute gnomes are very easy and quick to make.



TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS HOW TO BUY AND DELIVER A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS 


Christmas gift-giving ceremony in fancy packaging usually dictates the rules to be folded under the tree or to hand over after a festive service. The atmosphere of mystery and anticipation adds excitement and anticipation of a miracle.


The moment of presenting the holiday presents is as important as the purchase. A joyful mood and new impressions are expected from the gift.


There is a wonderful tradition of exchanging gifts among strangers and in certain groups of people. Collectives and schools wish each other not only Merry Christmas, but also Happy New Year. It's called Secret Santa. 

People write the names and / or addresses of the recipient on the gifts, put boxes under the Christmas tree or send them by mail. As a rule, these are symbolic gifts for a certain amount or are made by hand.

Of course, Christmas is more of a family holiday, when brothers, sisters, parents and children, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles gather. In any case, this is a day of family surprises.


It doesn't matter which one you want and can make a surprise on Christmas day. Sweets, smartphones, sweaters with stupid deer, stockings and sleds, the main thing is that the gift corresponds and does not offend the holy holiday. And it is not so important what the cost of a Christmas present will be received by the participants of the holiday, how much joy and an open heart, the soul from which the gifts were bought.


Buying gifts and presents for Christmas isn't always an easy task. You can be surrounded by loved ones and have fun. Go shopping with friends and family.

If your city is still isolated, shop in front of the monitor. In online stores, the processes of home delivery of any purchased items are now debugged.


HOW TO CHOOSE A GIFT


When buying a gift, consider the recipient's gender and age, hobbies, and lifestyle.

Do not delay with funny preparations, so that later you do not rush to the shops in panic.

Think about the things that the person likes.


Explore the blog or webpage of the person you want to surprise. Perhaps there will be a record in the style of “I dream of getting a porcelain doll for a holiday”, or “10 things that will cheer me up”.

Wrap your gift in a stylish box. Do not forget to give an extra gift when you celebrate the holiday - a surprise candy.


WHAT CANNOT BE GIVEN FOR CHRISTMAS


An unsuccessfully chosen present can ruin both the holiday and the mood of the person being gifted. Here is a list of the things you shouldn't even look at in the store.


  • Intimate things, underwear, swimwear
  • Cheap trinkets
  • A book or comic book accidentally grabbed from a shelf in astore
  • Clothing, provided that you do not know all the necessary parameters for buying it
  • Supplements and other
  • Animals ... There is only one exception, a special situation: you know for sure that the person is ready to receive a pet and wants it
  • Fragile items for kids


CONCLUSION


Children write letters in advance to Santa Claus, which contain a list of things they wish to receive as a gift. Some of them on Christmas night will be placed by parents under the tree.


Adults voice their desires in conversations, in diaries and blogs, and on social media. Listen to your loved ones and you can easily find the best Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones.

 


 


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