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It’s Father’s Day in the USA – Vatertag in the USA

Today is Father’s Day here in America. This day of honorig all Dads is celebrated in the USA every year on the third Sunday in June, almost a month later than in Germany!

In Germany, Father’s Day – ‘Vatertag’ coincides with the church holiday of ‘Christi Himmelfahrt’ (Ascension of Jesus). It’s a national holiday and it’s always happening on a Thursday since the Ascension of Jesus is celebrated 39 days after Easter Sunday.

Interestingly, not all German speaking countries are celebrating Father’s Day on the same day. Austria for example has its Father’s Day on the second Sunday in June, while Switzerland initially didn’t have a dedicated Father’s Day until 2009. Since then the official Swiss Father’s Day is happening on the first Sunday in June.

How is Father’s Day celebrated in Germany? It used to be or often still is a day, on which fathers/men celebrate themselves and enjoy each other’s company in fact without family and children! In North Germany and East Germany, Father’s Day tellingly is called ‘Herrentag’ (Day of the Men) .

But more and more young families nowadays celebrate Father’s Day pretty much the same like we do here in the United Sates and make it a day with the family. I personally remember Father’s Day being a day for and with my Dad.

While Father’s Day has been an official holiday in Germany since 1934, the United States’ first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in the State of Washington; however it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday in the USA.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! 

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Bringing the Myth of Cleopatra to Life

Two Scientists in Search of Historical Truth and Evidence

CLEOPATRA” at the California Science Center in Los Angeles

Having been an intriguing figure already in her lifetime, Cleopatra became a legend that’s been kept alive throughout the centuries. Historians, authors and filmmakers alike have gotten inspired by her life , her story and her much appraised exceptional  beauty.

An expansive show that started on Wednesday, May 23, at the California Science Center in L.A. tries to shed light on this legend. With help of the discoveries of the ancient submerged Royal Quarters of Alexandria and the lost cities of Heracleion, Menouthis, Canopis and others, the exhibition is putting the many historical puzzle pieces together to find out: who was Cleopatra really?

The visitor gets immersed into the ancient world of Egypt by enormous statues, amazingly preserved and beautiful jewelry  and other artifacts from that time that have been recently recovered by archeologists Franck Goddio and Zahi Hawass. An audio tour, provided to every guest as part of the exhibition experience, is guiding through the exhibition in “Cleopatra’s voice”.

“Cleopatra” is on view from May 25 to December 31 at the California Science Center. It is the only West Coast appearance.

To enhance the experience of ancient Egypt the movie “ Mysteries of Egypt” shows at the IMAX theatre at the museum at the following movie times – May 23, 2012 – June 28, 2012 , 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 pm, (5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only)

Tickets for the exhibition are $19.75 for adults and $12.75 for children.

Here are some of the amazing artifacts:

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