In an effort to preserve the essence, and the tradition, Lithuania has proposed the Sutartinės for inclusion on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity 2010.
A Maryland Christmas tree growing association seeks to connect with the original birthplace of decorated tree celebration. Using a government grant, the growers connect with the Baltic country of Latvia, hoping to tie the world of Christmas more closely together. Agrophilia Travel News takes a look at the nebulous search for Christmas tree celebratory origin.
Azerbaijan hopes to see the Azerbaijani carpet (Azərbaycan Xalçası) on the 2010 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Armenia hopes to preserve the symbolism and craftsmanship of Khachkars, Armenian cross-stones.
Kazakhstan air carrier Air Astana extends its routes and online reach to include more of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. New routes to the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan round out an overall growth spurt for the award winning carrier. In other news, a deal with HRS.com and 3 other regional carriers allow customers added flexibility and convenience.
These are: the Kırkpınar oil wrestling festival, the Semah, Alevi-Bektaşi ritual and the traditional Sohbet meetings.
These are ojkanje singing, the Sinjska Alka tournament and the gingerbread making craft from Northern Croatia.
An interesting political campaign in Warsaw reveals just how creative (and beautiful) Polish women politicians can be. Sarah May has turned to a sort of “Beach Blanket Bingo” style of campaigning for Warsaw’s upcoming city elections – posing in her bikini and proclaiming her competency. Now there is transparency in a politician if there ever where any. Warsaw governance may never be the same – and that could be a good thing.
In Bratislava, adults are children again, for one month, beginning November 19 to December 23, 2010. It’s the time of the Christmas Market.
The Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival begins November 27 to December 5. Films screened at the festival are meant to promote tolerance and awareness.
Recently discovered relics supposedly bones from John the Baptist could start a pilgrim tail leading directly to Bulgaria’s capital of Sophia. The fist public showing of these ancient relics saw tens of thousands flock to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Russian Federation Premier Vladimir Putin and many other dignitaries paid their respects. Bulgaria’s tourism industry is their main source of outside investment and spending.
The EU has now granted fee visa privileges to Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina in an effort to spur democratic reforms and progress. These two Balkan republics’ citizens can now travel freely within the Schengen area, basically all of the EU. Officials warn of a withdrawal of privileges should serious problems with immigration ensue.