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Cultural Communities Week

The period from July 3 to 9 has been designated as Cultural Communities Week.

The observance is in keeping with Proclamation No. 250 issued by President Corazon Aquino in 1988.

The proclamation cites the need to promote and appreciate indigenous tribal Filipinos.

The directive also recognizes the need for better understanding and cooperation for the welfare of these communities.

World Kiss Day

Today is I nternational Kissing Day or World Kiss Day. The observance of the event stemmed from the idea that many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing's sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself, promoter of the event say, emphasizing that it is an expression and experience of intimacy.

A kiss is the act of pressing one's lips against the lips or other body parts of another. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. A kiss may be used to express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, and good luck, among many others. The word came from Old English cyssan “to kiss,” in turn from coss “a kiss”. Globally, the act of kissing has become a common expression of affection among many cultures.

Global Forgiveness Day

Tomorrow will be marked in many parts of the world as Global Forgiveness Day. The observance is a day to forgive, and a day to be forgiven, organizers said.

It was started in 1994 by the Christian Embassy of Christ's Ambassadors. Promoters have underscored that studies show that people who forgive are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments. Forgiveness is the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, disagreement, or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution.

Youth Day

Tomorrow will also be celebrated as Youth Day in Singapore which is a holiday dedicated to the young people of the country.

Youth Day is celebrated on first Sunday of July every year.

The day is celebrated by young people under the age of 21. Various activities are held across the city including sports events, exhibitions and workshop.

Tanabata

Tomorrow will be celebrate in Japan as Tanabata, or the Star Festival.

In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku, or small pieces of paper.

They then hang them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations.

The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.

Chocolate Day

So, you love chocolate. You have all the reasons to celebrate tomorrow – it will be Chocolate Day.

People are encouraged to celebrate the day by “eating a proper amount of chocolate without remorse and guilt.” Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Chocolate chip cookies and chocolate molded in various shapes have become popular gifts around the world.

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, the dried and partially fermented seeds of the cacao tree.

About two-thirds of the entire world's cocoa is produced in West Africa, with 43 percent sourced from Côte d'Ivoire.

The World Cocoa Foundation has reported that about 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood.

Several types of chocolate can be distinguished. Pure, unsweetened chocolate contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining chocolate with sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. *

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