- It is customary to sit on pillows or at a low table, sometimes at a round table.
- The most honoured position is in the middle of the table, with the second most important person, or the honoured guest, seated next to the head of the table.
- The oldest people are served first at a meal.
- As the food is served, guests say, “Sahtain” (the equivalent of “bon appetit”), or “Bismillah” (in the name of God); when the meal is over, guests should say, “Daimah” (may there always be plenty at your table).
- Meals are eaten in silence as every bite is savoured.
- In some areas in the Middle East, it is common for people to take their food from a common plate in the centre of the table. Rather than employing forks or spoons, people may scoop up hummus and other foodstuff with pita bread.
- Use your right hand when picking up and eating food: never your left hand. Keep your left hand at your side. Do not place your left hand on the table, and do not pass food with your left hand.
- People use spoons, forks and knives, if necessary, or no utensils at all. Since the spoon is more important than the fork, if you are right-handed, keep the spoon in the right hand, and put it down to switch to the fork if and when you need it.
- The tradition of Easter eggs dates back to Persians, Egyptians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, who considered the egg a symbol of life.
- When it comes to eating "chocolate bunnies", as high as Americans would choose to eat the ears first.
- Milk chocolate is more popular than dark chocolate by Americans- at a ratio of 65‰ to 27‰.
- In the US, the Easter Bunny hides the eggs around the house, and on Easter morning children are thrilled to look for the hidden eggs.
- Brazilian parents hide chocolate eggs and let their children go for an egg hunt.
- In Italy, the Easter morning breakfast consists of salami, eggs, a special cheese pie and traditional colomba (a sweet almond cake with candied fruits).
- Australia has a range of Easter celebrations, such as making hot cross buns, which signifies the symbol of Christ.
- Eating hot cross buns and exchanging chocolate eggs are among the celebrations in the UK as well. The traditional dessert is a rich fruit cake called Simnel cake - it contains a layer of marzipan and 11 marzipan balls on top symbolising the 11 true apostles. Recipes: Delia's Simnel Cake, or Nigella's Simnel muffins.
At a large trade fair in Hanover on 5 March, the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff promoted her country’s technological skills and booming IT market, according toThe Economist. Her government has created a new scholarship programme, Science Without Borders.
This programme provides scholarships to Brazilian undergraduate students in mostly STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for one year of study at colleges and universities abroad. Students will return to complete their degrees in Brazil. By the end of 2015, more than 100,000 Brazilians—half of them undergraduates, half doctoral students—will have spent a year or so abroad studying subjects which the government regards as essential for the nation’s future.
Brazilian bosses complain about the difficulty of finding qualified staff. In Brazil, the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) says that too many of the 30,000 engineers Brazil produces each year come from mediocre institutions, but, at the same time, the country needs twice that number. "The scale and speed of this programme are unprecedented," says Allan Goodman of theInstitute of International Education, a non-profit group that is managing the programme for American universities.
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