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By Elizabeth A. Dice

ISBN-10: 160413092X

ISBN-13: 9781604130928

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The blessed water can then be used to consecrate the houses of the faithful. Anyone who wishes to be baptized at this time can also be christened with the ice water. Europe 49 ; Why January 7? in ancient times, many (mostly unreliable) methods had been used to calculate the dates according to either the lunar or solar cycles. , Julius Caesar commissioned the astronomer sosigenes to devise a more reliable method. this is known as the Julian Calendar, and it was widely used for 1,500 years. Caesar had named the month of his birth Quintilis, but the roman senate later renamed it Julius (July) in his honor.

The truce lasted all day, and was accompanied by such surprising events as the singing of Christmas carols, exchanges of chocolate and souvenirs, as well as a few pickup soccer games. “silent night” was sung simultaneously in both English and German. it was one of the few carols everyone knew. Hanukkah in Germany Up until the last part of the 19th century, Jews enjoyed a reasonably stable life in Germany. They tended to live in smaller towns and villages, unevenly distributed across the country.

The Industrial Revolution had brought 18th-century London many advances but at a considerable price. The population of Great Britain tripled between the beginning and the end of the century. The cities in particular grew by leaps and bounds, as people migrated to them in the hopes of earning better wages. The potato famine in Ireland had also caused a large migration of people who came to England looking for work. In London, housing was scarce and unemployment was high. The air was heavily polluted by soot from burning coal and the smell of the raw sewage that emptied into the Thames River.

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