- 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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In The Economist it has recently been written that, although Indian artists enjoy an international following, India’s design industry is scarcely known or recognised, even in India. The two-day India Design Forum, which was held in Delhi on 9-10 March, was meant to promote India’s distinctive design aesthetic, bringing together 700 Indian designers, architects and students.
Inspired by the Dubai Design Forum four years ago, Rajshree Pathy, an Indian entrepreneur and contemporary-art collector, went “knocking on doors” for sponsors in India but was regularly rejected. Most think that design has little relevance to their own work and is only a subject for fashion and luxury goods. The conference’s list of 40 sponsors includes only two manufacturing and infrastructure companies: Punj Lloyd, a leading engineering group, and Titan, a watch manufacturer in the Tata group.
Ms. Pathy wonders why design companies in places like Paris and New York often involve Indian craftsmen and designs, but India doesn’t. According to her, the problem is the lack of a “design” thinking in India, in part because the education system is too structured to allow for much creativity. Yet India, with its massive human potential, can bridge these gaps; this is what Mike Knowles, a British furniture designer and dean of the Delhi-based Sushant School of Design, thinks.
Auspiciously, the forum’s 700 delegates were young and included 100 students. The dull products, poor quality and inefficiencies of India’s pre-1991 controlled economy are becoming less acceptable in the new Indian consumer society.