5 Ways to Keep Energised and Healthy During The Festive Season

Christmas decoration with lights

The festive season is upon us. A fun time celebrating with family and friends. Work parties, family and friends gatherings, Christmas shopping, inviting food and drinks, delicious desserts; it can drain our energy levels.

Looking and feeling at your best is essential. These simple but effective methods will help you feel energised and fit, not only this festive season but on a daily basis.

Spend 15 to 20 minutes on yourself every morning to ensure you get into a daily routine before your other commitments. It will kickstart your metabolism for the rest of the day.

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The Remarkable Effect of Gratitude and Appreciation

Autum leaves

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, affection and delicious meals. Today, our youngest son, his lovely wife, her family and all the US are celebrating with family and friends.

But regardless of where we are and where we live or which holidays we celebrate, we can all agree that gratitude and appreciation make the world a much better place.

We have experience how precious this special day represents for them. We feel a great connection with the USA. We lived in San Diego for four years, and our son lives in America with his American wife. Continue reading “The Remarkable Effect of Gratitude and Appreciation”

What does the Day of the Dead celebrations really represent to Mexicans?

Two colourful skulls that say Feliz Dia de Muertos

In Mexico, each town, each region, has its traditions, its uses and customs. Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time of celebration.

During the festival, families and communities gather to honour those who passed on and embarked on their spiritual paths.

On November 1, called All Saints Day, is when the children’s spirits arrive. On November 2, the Day of the Dead, the adults arrive.

The Origin of the Day of the Dead

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A Long Weekend Ready To Celebrate The Queen’s Birthday In WA In September

Three ladies sitting on a bench admiring the Indian Ocean

All Australians and Western Australia is not the exception love to take a day off whenever there is an opportunity to enjoy the company of our family or friends and this time; we are having a long weekend to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

When I first arrived in Perth, I often questioned why Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s birthday in September while in other states it usually falls in June.

But before I tell you why Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday in September, I would like to share a short history of it.

History of Australia

As you probably already know, The British colony of New South Wales was established with the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 vessels under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip in January 1788. That was the first year that the Monarch’s birthday was celebrated in the new country.

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What Happens on Mexican Independence Day 2019?

Mexican children wearing Mariachi customs

Even though I have been away from Mexico, the country I was born, for over 30 years, I still have close connections with all my family and friends who are very much part of my daily life.

So I thought it would be a good time to share what happens in Mexico on Independence Day and why it is such a momentous occasion.

The month of September is referred to as “el Mes de la Patria” (month of the homeland).

Mexico commemorates a proclamation by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on September 16th 1810, in the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato.

On September 15 at 11 p.m., the eve of Independence Day, the President of Mexico rings a bell from the balcony of the Mexican National Palace. He yells to the crowd below and they respond by saying Viva. This goes on until after a third time, everyone yells “Viva Mexico.” The people then wave flags and ring noisemakers. The Mexican anthem is sung and fireworks are set off to light up the sky.

On September 16th, a military parade takes place in Mexico City.

Brass bands fill the streets and governors re-enact “El Grito,” or the famous cry for freedom in major government palaces.

It is a big celebration for Mexicans with plenty of parties, festive decorations, parades, music, fireworks and plenty of traditional food.

History of Mexican Independence Day 

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