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The Assumption of Mary * 15th of August

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Mariae Himmelfahrt, Mariä Aufnahme in den Himmel) is celebrated in some states in Germany on August 15 each year. It is a public holiday in Saarland and some parts of Bavaria. Many Catholics attend special church services and some people collect herbs as a tradition for the day. The fourth ecumenical council was held in Chalcedon, now part of Istanbul, Turkey, in 451 CE.  The council decided that the Assumption of Mary would be recognized as a Christian feast. This feast is important for Catholics because it marks the moment that Mary’s body and soul went to heaven, according to Catholic belief. The date was fixed as August 15 sometime around the year 700 CE.

It’s also a massive Orthodox holiday – having a liturgy ordaining her setting into a grave similar to the one of Christ.

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A Brief History of the Russian Language

“Where do you come from?” was a question I heard often during the nearly two years I spent living in Russia. “I’m from America,” I would always answer, but this reply rarely satisfied the innate “Russian curiosity” of the inquirer. “Yes,” they would say, “but where are your roots?” I would then explain that my ancestors came from various countries of Northern Europe. For most Russians, this was enough: “So you are a Northern European,” they would say knowingly, “now we can talk.”

Just as many Russians felt that they could not understand me as a person until they knew where I came from, we also cannot fully understand a language until we learn about its history and origin. I would like to examine the roots of the Russian language in order to gain a better understanding of this beautiful and complex system of communication. Much that seems confusing, arbitrary, or strange in the modern Russian language becomes clearer as we become familiar with the processes of change throughout the historical development of Russian.

In this paper I will give a brief overview of the origins of Russian as well as summarize some of the major areas of change in the history of the language. I will focus on the areas of the writing system, the phonological and phonetic systems, and historical reflexes in the modern lexicon. Although I will be able to give only a concise overview of some of the basic processes of change, I hope that this paper will offer a solid basis on which an interested reader may build in further study of Russian.

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Visiting London * Explore the Coca-Cola London Eye

The London Eye has become a much-loved part of the landscape in a relatively short amount of time.

The Eye (whose named sponsor changes every couple of years and currently is Coca Cola) also does the same trick as the Eiffel Tower does for Paris, to let people climb above the city and look back down on it.

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Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

A vector is a living organism that carries and can transmit an infectious agent, or pathogen, from one host organism, such as a human or animal, to another. Vector-borne diseases represent 17% of all infectious diseases, are responsible for more than one million deaths each year, and current estimates indicate that at least half of the world’s population is at risk from them.

This process commonly occurs when a bloodsucking organism, such as a mosquito, ingests the pathogen whilst taking a blood meal from an infected human or animal, and later injects the pathogen into another host when taking its next blood meal.

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Gardening: A Fun and Creative Backyard Project

When summer rolls around, many individuals enjoy spending time in their backyard. When it comes to summer, many individuals associate backyards with picnics, barbeques, swimming, and outdoor sports. While all of these activities are nice, there are not the only things that you can do in your backyard. In fact, there are a number of other popular backyard activities that you may never have given much thought to.

One of those activities involves growing a garden.

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Sunbathing: A Relaxing Backyard Activity

Each year, millions of men and women head to their local tanning salons. While indoor tanning is a great way to get a tan, it is not the only way. It seems as if many tanners have forgotten what they have, right in their own backyard. If you are a tanner, especially one that spends a fairly large amount of money on indoor tanning, you are encouraged to consider backyard tanning. Backyard tanning has an unlimited number of benefits, many of which you many find useful and money saving.

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Everything you need to know about Berlin

Berlin brings to one’s min the great divide (or wall) that divided the city into two different political entities. However, the new rejuvenated and reunited Berlin is marching ahead into the future post millennium. It is casting itself as the most important new and modernistic city of Continental Europe.

Berlin’s dark past as Hitler’s capital of Nazi atrocities and as the capital of Cold War in the later years, has not escaped the psyche of the local population or the visitors. The popular opinion says that Berliners do not know where they are going, but know their past, and do not want to go back there. After being completely annihilated in the WW II bombings, Berlin has since optimistically rebuilt itself as a modern structure of glass and steel.

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The Many Benefits of Walking

You probably always hear the expression ‘take a hike!’ You know what? Health
experts are actually encouraging you to follow that particular advice.
Walking, or the art of travelling by foot, is human’s natural means of
transportation. However, with today’s society full of vehicles, walking is
slowly becoming a lost art. And this should not be, health experts said, as
walking has numerous benefits to us.

Here are some that we have compiled just for you.

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Poltergeist Activity Explained?

When you have the urge to dig into the world of the dead, tread carefully as you may find yourself haunted for the rest of your life.

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9 Beach Vacation Ideas

When it comes to go on your beach vacation, it can be very hard to pick a destination. There are many places you can go, whether you want to explore the beaches of Hawaii or just play golf in Georgia.
Below, you’ll find 9 ideas to help you decide on where to go for your vacation.

1. Hawaii resort

690x380-Hawaii-SunsetYou can choose to put your frequent flier miles to good use and take a beach vacation on the island of Hawaii. Here, you can relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, play golf, and even indulge in one of the many innovative spa treatments. Hawaii enjoys some of the best weather in the world – making it  a great choice for your beach vacation.