Customs throughout the year in Ireland

The people of Ireland do not shy away from preparing good celebrations, which makes this interesting country a top destination for entertainment. Celebrations are an important part of Irish culture, and religious events, historical figures, and national heritage are just some of the things that can be mentioned with great enthusiasm in Ireland.

‘Pub culture’ in Ireland is an integral part of life, pubs are seen as places where friends and family can meet, chat and socialize. All pubs in Ireland have Guinness, which is one of the most popular drinks in the world and brings them 2 million euros in revenue each year. This famous dark stout beer was created in 1759. in Dublin by Arthur Guinness in his St. James’s Gate Brewery.

Irish history has a strong connection with Catholicism, and one of the most famous links to this is the Brigid’s Cross, which was constructed from wild reeds. St. Brigid of Kildare is said to have made a cross near one chieftain deathbed and thus converted him to Christianity; others believe that the cross was created before Christianity came to Ireland at all and was a symbol for another Brigit, the goddess of spring whose cross represented the sun. The Feast of St. Brigid, the Irish celebrate on February 1st, the first day of spring in ancient Ireland. The cross was believed to protect the house from fire, which is still believed today.

One of the most anticipated days in Ireland is St. Patrick, or as the Irish like to call it Paddy’s Day. It is celebrated on March 17th and everyone goes out on the streets to dance, drink and celebrate. It is customary to dress in green and have something on with clover design. These are mostly hats, T-shirts, glasses. The biggest celebration takes place in Dublin and lasts for four days. A colorful program is offered, from street entertainers to children’s workshops. St. Patrick’s Day begins with going to church in the morning and continues with an afternoon celebration with family. Why is this day commemorated? Patrick is said to have introduced Irish to Christianity after he was abducted by Irish pirates and sold into slavery. Slavery brought him closer to God and returned to Ireland at the age of 30. He used the clover, which is the national flower of Ireland, to bring the pagan Irish closer to the Holy Trinity.

The Irish Bloomsday celebration honors James Joyce, one of Ireland’s most famous literary masters. This event is held each year on June 16, the day in which Joyce’s classic novel “Ulysses” takes place. First celebrated in Ireland in 1954, Bloomsday is now a worldwide event celebrated by Joyceans across the globe. Dublin’s James Joyce Centre hosts several events in the days leading up to Bloomsday, including reenactments, performances, readings, and breakfasts based on cuisine featured in the novel. Some Bloomsday enthusiasts even wear costumes.

Christmas in Ireland is a big celebration and runs from December 24 to January 6, although many consider December 8 to be the official start of the season. During the festive season, you will find choirs and street musicians on the street. Ireland’s large Catholic population is packed with churches across the country for midnight mass on Christmas Eve, as well as for Christmas Mass. December 26th marks St. Stephen’s Day, a national holiday in honor of the Christian Martyr, commemorating traditional ceremonies, feasts, and trips to pubs across Ireland.

New Year in Ireland is based on traditional festivities. In many Irish Protestant communities, New Year’s Day marks the end of the Christmas season and is often referred to as in the 19th century – Little Christmas. The Irish have many traditions of how to start and not start the new year, some of which are, for example, that dust and dirt should not be wiped out in the home because it was believed that by completing these tasks, the happiness of the home could be eliminated over the next 12 months. They also believe that the first person to enter the house after midnight represents the happiness of the household for the next 12 months. A dark-skinned man is thought to bring good luck with himself, while a woman, especially a redhead, brings bad luck in the household. If a dark-skinned man was present in the household before midnight, he would often be asked to leave a few minutes before midnight and then be invited inside after midnight. Outdoor activities, ie sports, and games, are also traditional for the New Year, which is common with Christmas.

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Sweden’s school and education system

Preschool

  • Is for children from 1 to 5 years
  • 8/10 children at this age spend a few days of the week there
  • The importance of playing in a child’s development and learning is emphasized
  • The interests and needs of children are also key components of their education in the preschool curriculum
  • Gender-aware education is increasingly common in Swedish preschools
  • The aim is for children to have the same opportunities in life, regardless of gender

Kindergarten

All children are offered a place in kindergarten starting in the autumn when they turn 6 until they start compulsory schooling. Kindergarten is designed to stimulate each child’s development and to provide a platform for their future schooling.

Primary and secondary schools

The Scandinavian model of education is special in the following – there is no organizational difference between primary and lower secondary education. The compulsory elementary school in Scandinavia lasts 9 years. Students go to first grade at the age of 7. At the age of sixteen, students move from lower to upper secondary schools based on their demonstrated success in lower secondary school. Primary school is free, which means that education, as well as school transportation, teaching aids, school supplies (pens, notebooks) and even food, are free. The only thing that has to be paid, but at a reduced amount, are school trips.

Classes are held only in the morning shift, and there is no Religion class in primary schools. Students are required to be independent, to research and to work on projects of their choice. In fifth grade, for example, they learn how to make a presentation. In seventh grade, students assemble electrical circuits independently. By the end of elementary school, all students must know how to cook, sew, swim, and play one instrument. Grades are earned at the end of second, fifth, seventh and ninth grades. They are expressed in letters, G means sufficient, VG is very good and MVG is excellent. If the assessment requirements are not sufficient, then a written explanation is given.

It is important to emphasize that in Scandinavia, the proper development of children, as they learn and go to school, is of high importance. Physical education classes are very important and students must spend a minimum of 20% of their time doing PE, which means that they have at least twice a week PE classes. It is a must to learn how to swim(there is a swimming class at least once a week) and techniques are valued. At the end of high school, each student must be able to swim 400 meters, independently. At the end of the ninth grade, students take a state/final exam in three subjects: Swedish, English, and math. You have to get at least 10 points (or more) of a total of 20, in order to receive the high school diploma.

Secondary schools are divided into vocational schools and high schools. High school students can choose from several different programs, ie what they want to focus on (economics, art ..). There are 17 courses and two are “general”, which prepare high school students for university. Compulsory subjects are Mathematics, English, Swedish, Art, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Religion, and Physical.

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7 important tips on how to prepare for a Skype interview

Whether you are having a video interview for the first time or are already an experienced Skype user, it is always a good idea to prepare on time, check extra information about the employer, and fix everything in your area to minimize the possibility of something going wrong during the interview.

To make the whole preparation process easier and to make sure that you really thought about everything, we bring you 7 tips where to pay attention when arranging video interviews online.

1. Study the employer
Given that you have already spent some time applying for a job application, you are probably familiar with certain conditions of employment. To be even more ready and avoid unpleasant surprises, take 30 minutes of your time to find out more about your employer, city, and country you are interested in. You never know what information could be useful and the more you know about a potential employer, you will be more relaxed, which leaves less room for unpleasantness.

2. Consider possible questions
Why did you decide to apply for this competition? What are your responsibilities in your current position? What do you think our employees’ workday looks like?
We have all already encountered questions of this or a similar form. Try to remember what questions you had to answer during your last job interview and think about what questions would you ask if you were on the opposite side of the screen. Compose your answers to these questions, and it would be a good idea to rehearse and think out loud at least once as you prepare for the interview.

3. Create notes
Whether you are in the kitchen, your living room or bedroom during the interview, you hold the advantage as the person you are talking to does not see your surroundings. Make the most out of this advantage and place a few post-it notes above the camera, next to your computer or in other strategic spots in the room. You never know if you will need a reminder and it is better to be ready than to be unnecessarily perplexed amid an important answer.

4. Take care of your surroundings and dress decently
Clean up the room. Remove that pile of paper that has been sitting on the table for days. Do not sit in the dark area. Use this video interview as an excuse to clean up the mess in the room, as no one wants to open a conversation with the person they would like to hire and see a messy bed in the background, leftovers on the table or spend 80% of the conversation trying to see your face because you are sitting in an unlit place. Also, having a conversation in the warmth of your home does not mean you can sit in your pajamas in front of the camera. Dress like you are going to an interview in an office, wear a shirt or a blouse, comb your hair and put on a wristwatch. Your appearance and attitude speak a lot about your character.

5. Check your Internet connection
Make sure your computer does not install new updates during the interview, that your family members do not stream YouTube in 4K resolution at the same time or that your mobile phone does not back up random photos exactly at the time of your job interview. Update Skype on time. You don’t want the quality of the picture and the conversation to be poor because of something that is not essential to be running at the same time and stalls your internet connection.

6. Eliminate potential distractions
Mute your smartphone and close the windows. Walk your dog half an hour earlier and be 100% focused on the conversation. Believe me, every side view is noticed and you certainly don’t want to look disinterested in the conversation.

7. Smile and be distinct
Lastly, the most important thing: be cheerful and distinct in your conversation. Make sure that the person you are talking to understands everything you said, give your best to present yourself in the best light and be yourself. You do not want someone to hire you and expect you to be something that you are not.

 

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