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Celebrating Easter in Romania

Easter, also called Pascha* or Paşti (in Romanian) is one of the most important yearly Christian celebrations that celebrates the fundamental event of Christianity, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on the third day after His crucifixion on Great Friday. Easter date is based on two astronomical phenomena: the spring equinox and the rotation of the moon round the Earth. Therefore, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. Celebrating Easter is preceeded by a long fasting period that commemorates the events before Christ’s Resurrection. The last week of the Great Fast/Lent (“Postul Mare” in Romanian) called Passion Week/Holy Week (“Saptamâna...

Abou Shakra Restaurant in Cairo, Egypt – Review

Abou Shakra was the first restaurant I have been to in July 2015, in Cairo, during Ramadan. My fiance took me there, in one of their branches close to our home, close to a Western Union in Al Haram. The memory of that first visit to Abou Shakra will always stay with me. The place was full, all tables were occupied by large families, grandparents, parents and children, everyone waiting for the sunset in order to have the first bite of food for the day. I was impressed by the traditional yet modern design of the small restaurant, by the waiters dressed up in elegant costumes with neckties and bowties,...