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The 8th Anioma Cultural Festival A Day To Remember

The 8th Edition of Anioma Cultural Festival held at Arcade Ground beside Grand Hotel, Asaba, Delta State has come and gone but memoirs of the cultural event will linger on in the minds of its attendees, culture aficionados, culture historians, tourists and indeed lovers of culture alike. The MTN sponsored occasion, supported by West African Food Seasoning and put together by the Organization for the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC) was a cultural festival to behold and perhaps the finest in the history of Delta State as some analysts have put it. It was indeed a colourful event that suggested the aptitude of the people to preserve and flaunt their cherished dance culture to the world.

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It was something worth Anioma day. The Anioma Cultural Festival is the single biggest annual event of the Anioma people assembling the highest number of royal fathers and their subjects alike. Nothing has reached this magnitude in the history of the people. It is now an occasion that groups and individuals look forward to hoping it times swiftly because it practically defines and redefines the culture people’s culture. In the past, it has brought to Anioma’s soil, a former Head of State and other people of greater substance. This year’s theme has been “Spirit of Unity in Anioma”. The organizers envision that unity is a necessary factor that will accentuate several socio-political and economic accomplishments for the people including separate statehood.

Guests on arriving at the venue at this year’s edition had breathtakingly noticed the arresting and leading sights of the “Y’ellow” colour of MTN Nigeria only surpassed by the radiant “Akwa-Ocha or Otogwu” (traditional white attire) of the Anioma people everywhere and it required nothing more to presage that the event in question was not for “children”. As events unfolded, guests were tickled heartwarmingly with cultural dances; traditional wrestling, fashion show and a raffle draw so that in the end, it was a wonder just how much the participants had given in their best to rehearsals to thrillingly give the audience an epic-deserving demonstration of the richness of the people’s culture that was more than anything worth it. The graspable deduction is that the people are still living with an unbroken culture. Conceivably, the only event comparable to the festival may have been the Anioma rally organized in the mid 1980s by Obi (Senator) Nosike Ikpo, Dr.G. O. Orewa, Prof B. I. C. Ijomah and Chief P. O. C. Ozieh (The fathers of the Anioma nation) for the Movement for the Creation of Anioma State to draw public support for the creation of Anioma State.

This year’s edition of Anioma Cultural Festival was fantastically organized courtesy of punctilious and efficient legerdemain of Arch Kester Ifeadi, Paddy Ugbo and Godfrey Osakwe and well represented by quite a whole number of towns that make up the Anioma nation. First, the music of Ogbogu Okonji and Uche Nwalama blaring from the speakers of MTN Nig had to give way to the Master of Ceremonies who promptly acknowledged the presence of guests and participants to the event. Second, a poignant opening speech rendered by Arch Ifeadi, the chief host flagged-off the ceremony with over 100 participating groups and nearly 30 monarchs also royally in attendance.

Several kinds of cultural dance of Anioma including “Egwu Ohuhu (Oshushu or Osusu), Egwu Aguba, Egwu Imanokwa, Egwu Aja, Egwu Amala, Egwu Ekobe, Egwu Oduko, Egwu Idegbani and Egwu Uloko displayed the art of power dance only exceptional to the Anioma group. From Agbor to Utegbeje; Amai to Umusa; Onicha-Ugbo to Ibusa and Ashaka to Aboh, the cultural attire and dance-language of the people were the same. Anioma had quite enough of it to pass on to their children yet unborn. These were kinds of dances that appeared very magically charming to the outside world but for time, the Anioma had more to offer.

In the primary school category, the Seat of Wisdom Primary School, Kwale won the competition. Brighter Future Secondary School, Kwale also came first in the secondary school category that was adjudged very tough. The occupational war dance category which stole the attention of the audience was won by Onu Anioma, Owa-Alero. Chukwu Onyi Rimma of Agbor-Obi won the “Egwu Oshushu” dance style category. The “Egwu Amala” dance category was won by Ika Nrima also from Agbor-Obi while Heavenly Steppers of Kwale came first in the contemporary dance category of the competition. Umu Nzei carried the day in the traditional wrestling competition. The Kwale and Ika’s performance tremendously relegated their Oshimili and Aniocha kinsmen to the background.

Some royal fathers and mother graced the occasion and were His Royal Highness, Obi Kikachukwu, the Obi of Ubulu-Unor; His Royal Highness, Obi Okolie I (JP), the Obi of Egbudu Akah; His Royal Highness, Obi Johnson Ekpechilu, the Ezemu of Emu; His Royal Highness, Obi (Prof) Louis Chellunor Nwaoboshi, the Obuzor of Ibusa; His Royal Highness, Obi Emmanuel Offor, the Obi of Adonta; His Royal Highess, Obi Godwin Onyeweuwa, the Obi of Ewulu; His Royal Highness, Ezewali Ahoma Collins, the Obi of Otolokpo; His Royal Highness, Obi Ofuokwu, the Obi of Obior; Her Royal Majesty, Obi Martha Dunkwu, the Omu of Anioma and His Royal Majesty, Dr. Emeka Ilunor, the Ezeduna II of Ifitedunu in Dunukafia Local Government Area of Anambra State. The Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Chike Edozie was well represented.

The presence of Dr. Emeka Ilunor, the Igwe of Ifitedunu symbolized the kinship that Anioma share with their Igbo kinsmen across the Niger and is well praiseworthy. The arrival of the Igwe ushered in joy and added colour to the event as he was applauded by the other Highnesses in recognition of his shared relationship with the people of Anioma. The light-hearted royal father beamed with so much joy upon arrival at the venue and did not find it difficult to blend with the rest of his kinsmen from the other part of the River Niger. His participation and especially the formal procedure that trailed his influx to the venue were supremely and glamorously majestic.

The Umu Anioma Foundation Inc was also well represented at the occasion by the delegation led by this writer (Emeka Esogbue). The Foundation members dazzlingly and gloriously shone in T-shirts, fez-caps and jean-jackets specially branded for the occasion with the inscription that symbolized Anioma as the nation’s 37th state in the making. The presence of the apex Anioma organization was well received following the announcement of its presence by the Master of Ceremonies. The group presented its aims and objectives with bottles of wines to the royal fathers in attendance. It also offered the monarchs, a pre-prepared speech from the convener of the Group, Prince Emmanuel Ohai.

The event was also well covered by the media. Some of which were Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Ovation Magazine and others. Interviews were richly entertained from important guests and representatives including this writer on behalf of Umu Anioma Foundation. The writer (Emeka Esogbue) told Silverbird Television crew that the actualization of the proposed Anioma State was most significant for the Anioma people so it represents one of the key-targets of Umu Anioma Foundation that the people gets it. The Umu Anioma Foundation is working tirelessly towards achieving the objective.

He also expressed his optimism that the Jonathan’s administration would grant it because the proposed state is more viable than several of the existing states. He had earlier expressed his desire for the continuation of Anioma Cultural Festival to the MTN Publication. He stated that that there were quite a lot to benefit from the festival. He also praised the organizers of the event for their ability to put together such a huge event while explicating his awareness that a number of Anioma indigenes have in the past profited from the micro-scheme facility of OFAAC. OFAAC is one of the best things to happen to the region despite all odds that it needs to surmount.

Although, the cultural Festival was a colossal accomplishment, it was sad that many of the region’s politicians and political representatives had their faces missing at the event. As one of the guests at the event puts it “It was cheerless and ironical that these politicians who after riding on the backs of the poor masses to gain positions refused to show their faces at the festival”. It was also cynical, mordant and irreverent that the Anioma big names were also missing. What could have happened to the teeming Anioma academicians, technocrats, community leaders, educationists, politician, top government functionaries, serving and ex-service men and sportsmen and women?

Political rallies should never only be meeting platforms for politicians who have made immense benefits from offices using the name of the region and its people. Except, the cultural festival is for royal fathers and dancers only, the Anioma politicians and indigenes that parade big names must be made to explain why they refused to identify with their people. Leaders of Anioma socio-political and economic groups should also not be spared for their absence because an event like a cultural festival remains the best platform to determine the feelings of the people they purportedly represent. The people should not be represented in absence. Although, lots of Groups exist in Anioma, these Groups were never found inside arranged canopies sparking off speculations that they are too far from their own people.

Personal interviews granted by this writer revealed that a larger number of attendees expressed satisfaction that politicians were not in attendance. To them, the presence of politicians meant assassinations followed by violence and such would not be in the interest of OFAAC and what they hope to achieve. However, this should not be so. A gathering like this will offer politicians the opportunity to fraternize with their own people.

The roll-call of monarchs present at the event also confirmed that only about 15% of them were present at the ceremony. OFAAC is a non-governmental body and belongs to every illustrious son and daughter of Anioma. There is therefore no reason why royal fathers should rather choose to be present at a political rally over a cultural festival of the people the claims to truly represent. As custodians of traditions and cultures, a cultural festival celebration is the day of any royal highness who has the interest of his people at heart. We may argue that political rallies are more financially rewarding to attend but it is more graceful for a monarch to majestically and smilingly watch his own people perform excitingly since a monarch remains part of the society he traditionally presides over.

OFAAC on their own part should also show readiness to carry everyone along and ensure that the numerous towns and communities of the region are parts of the event. Of importance to the region is that invitations are extended to Anioma areas outside Delta State. One would have wished that Anioma communities of Onitsha, Igbanke, Ekpon, Ozza, Ogbaru, Ogidi, Oguta, Ogba, Oba, Akwukwu-Obosi, Ozobulu, Oraifite and Ndoni feature in the cultural festival because the people remain one with strong ancestral links.  Although, His Royal Majesty, the Ezeduna of Ifitedunu was present, guests were open-mouthed as to why there were no participants from his distant part of Anioma land. OFACC should truly use the cultural festival as a rallying point to culturally reunite the Anioma people in the five Nigerian states that they have found themselves.

Although this year’s edition featured secondary school groups, it will be nicer if Anioma higher institution groups are made to participate in the parades for in this way, the youths of the region would have carried the day. We are aware that Anioma Groups are now springing up in different higher institutions and will remain fortified with events like what OFAAC offers. The future is indeed bright for OFAAC and the Anioma Cultural Festival because in time to come it will surely attract foreign tourists and Nigerians in Diaspora to the Anioma soil. Once this is achieved, Anioma soil will become the home of African culture lovers.

Importantly, OFACC with every of its event has demonstrated that there is room for further improvement. I salute the Board, trustees and members of the Organization for the Advancement of Anioma Culture for a job well done. I stand up for you!

15th Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in Full Swing

The 15th edition of the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) festival is currently underway in the emirate and visitors were treated to a spectacular opening ceremony on 14th June, 2012.

Thousands of local residents and tourists taking Dubai holidays are joining in with the month-long celebrations and during the opening ceremony at Modhesh World at Dubai World Trade Centre, they enjoyed impressive acrobatic shows, laser displays and a fantastic parade at Hall Number 6 of the trade centre.

The annual festival is aimed towards families planning holidays to Dubai and the event also attracts thousands of local residents and visitors of all ages.

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Dubai Summer Surprises runs from 14th June to 14th July, 2012 and during the festivities, holidaymakers can enjoy entertainment including, live music, parades, puppet shows, exhibitions, sports and games, competitions, discounts, store promotions, raffles and much more.

Younger visitors can watch stage cartoon shows including The Smurfs, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Sponge Bob, Ice Age, Charlie and Lola, and Teletubbies.

Over 6,000 retail outlets participate in the event by offering special promotions, prize giveaways, or discounts to customers.

Tourists who are looking to indulge during their holidays in Dubai can take advantage of the Dubai Spas Promotion where premium spas in the emirate such as Spa Zen, The Rixos Royal Spa, Softouch Spa, and Amara Spa are offering a wide range of discounts on pampering treatments and services.

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The annual festival is organised by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) and is aimed at families taking luxury holidays across the GCC. The summer event also helps increase occupancy levels for Dubai hotels during their “weaker” tourist season.

The first Dubai Summer Surprises took place in 1998 and attracted 600,000 visitors who spent Dh850 million. Last year, the festival recorded four million visitors and they spent Dh8.8 billion during the month-long event.

Visitors will have the chance to win a selection of prizes during a Dubai holidays, including a Nissan Patrol and AED 150,000 in cash in the weekly DSS Grand Raffle; weekly prizes at the Festival Centre such as AED 50,000 DFC gift vouchers and a grand prize of a Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited; and an Emirates Airline return economy ticket to any Emirates Airline destination in the weekly MasterCard joint-promotion.

How to throw an Upscale Party on a Budget

Throwing an upscale party doesn’t require an upscale budget. Impressing your guests with a classy affair without going into debt just takes a little creative thinking. Whether you’re planning a birthday party or celebrating an anniversary, finding ways to cut costs without cutting elegance can make it a night to remember. Prioritize what you want to include in your party. If you really want a band, you might have to sacrifice splurging on a caterer or the venue itself.
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Instructions

  1. Select a venue. If you’re planning on renting a space, contact the venue operator and ask whether he offers a discount for off-nights. Venues may be have greater availability during weeknights or on Sunday, and you might find a big discount. Or simply throw the party at your home or a friend’s upscale house.
  2. Skip the dinner and offer an extended cocktail party. Hire a few professional waiters or waitresses to serve hors d’oeuvres, such as sliced blue cheese on crackers, drizzled with rosemary-infused honey and garnished with thinly sliced scallions. Or simply offer the gig to a few friends or family members looking to make a few bucks. Have them dress in crisp white dress shirts and slacks. Cook the hors d’oeuvres yourself or enlist a few people to help.
  3. Choose music. Professional bands can be pricey, so look into local music schools and ask whether they offer student musicians to play your party. Schedule a visit so you can hear them play. You don’t want a couple of young violinists, who’ve only been playing for a few months. Or if you’re throwing the party at your house, hire a cellist or simply hook up your iPod and mix in elegant music, as well as a few dance numbers if you have the space.
  4. Trim the guest list to only the people you need or really want at the party. You probably don’t need to invite the girl who waves to you at your yoga class. Not only does trimming the list keep the affair more personal, but it also can save hundreds of dollars, depending on the number of people. It also allows you to select a smaller venue, which can save even more money. If you need to invite a large number of guests, such as for a business party, hold the event during the workweek, which allows you to cut back on alcohol purchases.
  5. String up little white lights to give an elegant winter look. Save money on centerpieces by filling up glass bowls with water and have votive candles floating on top. If you feel the need to send out invitations, purchase discounted stationary or use an electronic invitation website, which invites guests through email.

How to throw the perfect mocktail party

Mocktails are just what it sounds like-mock cocktails. There are many opportunities to throw a mocktail party. You can create a fun and festive event without the added alcohol. Mocktail parties can be just as fun as cocktail parties if you approach the event in a fun and entertaining way. Throwing a perfect mocktail party involves planning, creativity, great drink recipes and decorative glasses and napkins. Read on to learn how to throw the perfect mocktail party.
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Instructions

  1. Choose an event that would complement a mocktail party. Maybe a going away lunch for a co-worker or a friend of yours is pregnant and you want to throw her a baby shower. These would be good opportunities for a mocktail party. A mocktail party is a good choice when you want to add a special pizazz to a party but you don’t want to include alcohol.
  2. Choose an array of specialty drink recipes. There are some great fun and fruity flavored recipes for cocktails but you just want to leave out the alcohol. Select at least three different recipes. For example, try a a virgin frozen daquiri, a virgin margarita and soda water with fresh lemon or lime. By choosing at least three different recipes chances are you will have something that will appeal to each of your guests.
  3. Serve each of the drinks in festive colored glassware with some type of decorative item such as a toothpick paper umbrella or a mermaid. Choose something that will coordinate with the rest of the party. Serve the drinks on a party tray to add to the festive mood. Use coordinating napkins. Serve the mocktails to your guests and also leave a “bar” available for them to help themselves.
  4. Play good music. One of the reasons it seems alcohol is served so often at parties is alcohol seems to make some people feel more relaxed. If you key up a creative play list before the party starts you will help set a relaxing but fun atmosphere for the party. Your guests will mingle and indulge in good conversation in no time. You will be on your way to throwing a perfect mocktail party.
  5. Finally, plan a party game. Make sure the game is simple because it is meant only to be an ice breaker. For a baby shower you could collect baby safety pins in a large glass container and offer a prize to whoever guesses the right number. You could have trivia cards around the room and encourage guests to ask each other questions from the list. Tailor the trivia to the type of party you are having. By planning a party game to serve as an ice breaker you get your guests involved in something fun.
  6. Keep your mocktails fresh and well stocked. A blended drink will need to be kept chilled. A soda water with fresh lime will need available ice. Offer to re-fill your guests drinks for them. Keep the party going in a positive up-beat direction.

How to Throw a Candle Party

Throwing a candle party is an ideal solution to sell the candles you made at home, or candles you have through an independent sales company. Going door to door takes time, and you will have to give your demonstrations over and over again. Gathering everyone together in your home for a candle party means only one demonstration and two hours of your time.
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Instructions

  1. Choose a candle company to do business with if you aren’t making your own candles. Always check the company out with the Better Business Bureau. To further make sure the company is legitimate, confirm that it’s a member of the Direct Selling Association. Then examine the companies to see which one has the best products with the highest commission.
  2. Set a date for your candle party. It should be at least three weeks away. Create a list the same day of guests you want to invite. Always invite more guests than you want to make up for the guests that don’t show.
  3. Make your own invitations or use the ones provided by the company for which you are selling the candles. If you are making your own, a simple word-processing program that allows you to add candle clip-art will do. Mail the invitations within a few days of picking the party date.
  4. Plan a few candle games to play during the party. Wrap three different scented candles in dark tissue paper. Have guests smell each and guess what the scent is. Give a small prize to anyone who guesses correctly. Another candle party game involves shouting out candle scents in order of the alphabet. For example, the beginning of your game will sound something like this: apple cinnamon, blackberry, cotton candy.
  5. Set up a snack area. Have a few appetizers or snacks on hand for your guests. Pretzels, cheese and pepperoni, pizza bites and vegetables with dip are all good choices for a candle party. Set out some sparkling cider or wine so your guests have something to drink.
  6. Display your candles on a table that is viewable by all of your guests. Conduct your demonstrations from that table and allow for any questions. Be sure to pass some of the candles around so all of the guests can get a closer look.
  7. Take orders and collect the money once you have finished your demonstration and candle games. During this time, guests can get up and view the items on your table as well as mingle and discuss purchasing options with other guests. Be available to help guests fill out their order forms.
  8. Send the ordered items to your guests, or drop them off yourself to save shipping charges. Give each guest a thank-you card when you give him his candles.

How to Plan a Perfect Summer Party

Summer is the perfect time to gather with friends, share good food, and have your guests linger long into the evening. You want to set a pretty table and create a welcoming atmosphere, but without spending weeks preparing for the big night. Follow these steps for a stylish summer party made simple.

Step 1: Choose a Color Scheme

Creating a pretty and stylish summer table is simple. Start by choosing a color scheme. You don’t want everything to match, but having some direction helps when picking out items.

The season itself can inspire the color scheme, such as nature-inspired hues like ocean blues and grassy greens. One item may also inspire the rest of the party — like a beautiful fabric, such as these napkins.

Once you have your color palette, begin gathering your items!

Step 2: Use a Variety of Shades Within Your Color Palette

For a sophisticated look, don’t rely on one shade of blue and one shade of green. Use varying shades of both for a collected look.

For example, here, you see baby blues all the way to royal blues and mint greens all the way to dark teal. The result is that the overall table has more dimension and visual appeal.

Step 3: Use Fabric for Table Linens

It can be really hard to find beautiful and unique table linens at a reasonable price. Instead of searching for just the right table cloth and napkins for days on end, head to your local fabric store where the options are endless.

Don’t have time or know how to sew? No problem! Use pinking shears to cut your table cloth and napkins to size. The cut left behind keeps the edges from fraying and you have beautiful table linens in record time!

Step 4: Bring The Inside Out

Summer design tips often include the saying, “Bring the Outside In.” Well, for outdoor summer entertaining, bring the inside out! Get outside for your summer gathering — a back porch, patio, or even just out in the grass will do the trick. There is something magical about entertaining out in nature. Create a welcoming environment by bringing decor items from inside your home out to your event.

Make the party feel extra special and comfortable by bringing out some nice chairs to surround your outdoor table.

Take your summer party to the next level by creating a simple lounge area. Throw down a rug (whether you’re on a porch or grass), toss out some floor pillows and a side table or two for drinks.

Step 5: Use Greenery Instead of Flowers

No summer party is complete without greenery. Opting for an all-green palette for your centerpieces in lieu of flowers lends to the casual feel of summer. Plus, it goes with any color scheme!

Grocery store Eucalyptus sprigs create the perfect summer centerpiece, but clippings from your yard work just as well! Group them in several vases for a pretty yet casual statement.

Step 6: Create Simple, Stylish Place Cards

Place cards make your guests feel welcome, but you do not want to spend all day making intricate name tags! Instead, choose a thick scrapbook paper that fits your color scheme. Cut a 4-inch square and fold it in half. Write each person’s name in gold paint pen.

Now the table is set, the lounge is ready, and all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your guests!

How to Join the Republican Party

The Republican Party has both national and state organizations. A contribution to the Party is all that’s needed. However, membership offers many activities, events and volunteer opportunities. This is also the first step in gaining support to run for political office! Read on to learn more.
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Join the National Republican Party

  1. Go to the Republican National Committee website (GOP.com).
  2. Notice the Action Center box. A list of activities with a line for joining the party is in the box.
  3. Point your mouse over “Join the GOP Team” and click.
  4. Fill out the form and add a password. The form contains many volunteer activities. See if one suits you or just choose the contribution box.
  5. Notice the “Join” button at the bottom. Click to go to the next page where you finish.

Join Your State Republican Party

  1. Consider joining the Republican Party for your state. Go to the Republican National Committee website (GOP.com).
  2. Click “State Parties” on the tool bar. It takes you to a map of the United States. For example, choose Michigan if that is where you live.
  3. Click your state and see the information to the right of the map. In the Michigan example notice the website address for this state.
  4. Set your mouse over the state’s address and click. You are automatically directed to your state’s Republican Party.
  5. Look for “become a member” or other such words, such as “join” then click. States vary on website appearance.
  6. Follow instructions on the form then submit your information. In the Michigan example, the word “Donate” is at the bottom. Click this. That’s it

How to Host a Clue Party

The popular board game Clue has kept junior detectives entertained for generations. Gathered around the dining room table, players collect enough clues to make an educated guess as to whodunit. Now you can entertain kids with a new version of this old favorite by hosting a party in which the players physically hunt for clues in the actual rooms of your house.
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Prepare for the party

  1. Send invitations. A cryptic e-mail will work fine for this game: “You are hereby summoned to a Clue party at the home of (your name) at (time) on (date), where you will investigate the murder of Mr. Boddy. Please come dressed as (choose one of the following for each guest: Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. White or Mrs. Peacock).”
  2. Decide who will be designated as the murderer, in which room the murder was committed, and with which weapon was used to carry it out. Take the cards that represent each of these elements out of the Clue set and place them in the provided envelope.
  3. Label nine areas of your house by making and hanging poster-board signs that designate each area as one of the rooms in the Clue mansion.
  4. Collect the following “murder weapons:” the revolver (use a toy gun),the candlestick, the knife (use a plastic or rubber one), the rope, the wrench and the pipe.

Play the Game

  1. As the guests arrive, give each of them an envelope containing a suspect card, a weapon card and a room card. Also give them each a game sheet and a pencil (which are provided with the Clue set).
  2. Announce which player will begin the game and which room the game will start in. All players will report to that room.
  3. Explain to the players that they will use the game sheets to take notes and eliminate suspects, weapons and rooms as they play.
  4. Have the first player (A) guess who the murderer was, what weapon was used and in what room the murder was committed. The accused individual (B) then either says to A, “I have none of those cards,” or privately shows one of those cards to A.
  5. Tell Player B that it is now his turn. He may stay in the same room or request that all the players go to a different room.
  6. Play continues until one player decides to make a formal accusation. He does so, and then looks into the envelope that was prepared before the guests arrive. If he is correct, he has won the game. If he is incorrect, he continues to participate but is not allowed to make another guess.

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How to Host a Successful Party

Everyone loves a party but when you’re the host, making sure the event goes as planned can be stressful. Before the big day, take some time to double-check the details and you’ll have a better chance of throwing a successful party.
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Instructions

  1. Pick a theme for your party. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate but it should be the reason friends are gathering to celebrate. A loved one’s homecoming, an engagement announcement, or a block party to meet the neighbors are only a few examples of party themes; decide upon yours and plan the rest of the party around the theme.
  2. Send out the invitations. Optimally, guests should receive their invitations 2 weeks before the party. This gives them time to schedule the event into their time frame, arrange for babysitters or make travel arrangements. If a guest will be traveling a long ways, the earlier they get the invitation, the better.
  3. Create the proper atmosphere. Parties should be fun. If you’re hosting the party at home, look at your surroundings with a critical eye. Put knickknacks away for a clean look and add a banner or decorations to make the room more festive. Provide adequate seating for your guests.
  4. Schedule the party events. Allow enough time for guest arrival before serving a meal or showing a film. If your party centers around a televised sports event, plan for guests to arrive at least 30 minutes before the event starts. Allow time for latecomers if you’re planning a sit-down meal.
  5. Plan your food list and shop a few days ahead of time. Dishes that can be prepared in advance and frozen will save you much-needed time on the day of the party. If you’re hiring a caterer, she will need lots of advance notice of your menu and the number of guests you are expecting. Popular caterers are often booked months in advance.
  6. Double-check the details the night before the party by doing a quick walkthrough, starting at your front door, as if you were a guest, and proceeding through your home. Make sure there is an area for guest’s coats, extra soap and clean hand towels in the bathroom. Count your serving plates and glasses to make sure there are enough.
  7. Dress early for the party to prevent last minute dashing. Some guests may arrive early and you’ll need to be ready. Preparation is the key to a successful party.
  8. Greet all your guests in person, if possible, and welcome them to your home. Follow your schedule, excusing yourself to tend to party needs and relax. Even in the best-planned events, something inevitably goes awry. Smile and focus on having fun.

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How to Throw The Ultimate Diaper Party

What is a diaper party? Well the diaper party is the man’s version of a baby shower, with a bachelor party twist. There are many ways you can do this. Typically they are located at the bar, although you can do it at the same place as the baby shower. The guys can be in the den watching the football game or in the yard grilling the food for everyone to eat.

The only real rule to a diaper party is that every guest has to bring a bag of diapers. Simple right. Well this will help you will some ways of throwing the party and staying in budget.

Instructions

  1. First thing you need to do is get with the person planning the baby shower. This might be your wife so it is pretty simple. But if it isn’t then you need to find out who it is and ask them when and where they are planning it.
  2. If the person throwing the party is doing it at their house then you need to ask them if it is okay if you throw a diaper party in their back yard. If they ask tell them. Make sure they know that you plan to bring alcohol. (If you don’t drink then bring other drinks)
  3. Let them know that you are planning on providing Bar B Que for the men to cook while they are out there.
  4. If the person throwing the baby shower has agreed to do this ask them if they can put a note in the invitation about the diaper party and that all men are to bring a bag of diapers.
  5. If the person throwing the baby shower has not agreed to the party and your house is free that is even better because you don’t have to take anything any where. Just ask the person throwing the shower to add that into the invitation. In case the person doing it is a real you know what you might end up having to send out your own which a man’s invitation is typically just word of mouth so you are fine on that one.
  6. After you do that you need to tell your wife that you need Bar B Que food. Or if she is the one throwing the shower then you need to give her a break and go get it yourself. You are the master Quer anyway so go do your thing.
  7. After everyone has started to arrive you are on your own. Make sure that you have everything out for them to do. Basketball, football, a radio with the game on or if at all possible you could move the tv to the patio for them to watch the game while they are out there. Just make sure it isn’t going to rain.

3 Fresh Features Possible With Unique Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

During their birthdays, kids can be given plenty of gifts and games. Their friends and relatives arrive in the venue and make sure that the unique kids birthday party can be interesting and memorable. There is lot of stress being given these days for adding special flavour for the birthdays. Not only do the kids demand for such enjoyments, but parents are also keen on using the different birthday party ideas to ensure that this particular day in the lives of their children, is memorable for the unique and unusual activities. While some parents would wish to take their kids for vacations, the unique birthday party ideas for kids can be innovative as well as special by outdoor games and activities.

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•    Going out to party with unique ideas – The special feature about the unique kids birthday party is the outing for which the kids can find something adventurous to do. They will be able to handle the activities on their own, because it will allow them to carry on with outdoor activities in fields, forests and camps. If parents are able to find out one day for dedicating to their kid’s birthday parties, then the road trips or outings can be quite interesting. Not only will the children be able to enjoy the trails of nature in these outside settings, but can be proud to have some unique kids birthday party.

•    Healthy, entertaining and awareness about nature – Involving the children in various outdoor activities can be extremely entertaining, and also healthy. When kids, about to go into college or even when in college, can engage in interesting games in the outdoor locations, so that it helps them maintain good health. Going out for camping activities and nature treks can be very healthy for them, due to the fresh air and physical exercise. When a forest trip or camping trip is organised under different birthday party ideas, people will have to take these up in preference to the usual venues in clubs or houses. Instead, getting exposed to the outside air and fresh environment can be quite invigorating.

•    Making the outings special during birthday celebrations – When the special unique birthday party ideas for kids are put forward, they are also enthusiastic about these days. Since these are organised during their birthdays, it has special meaning for them, because they can use the occasion to undertake some adventurous activities with their parents, friends and other members, who arrive in such outdoor locations. In the natural surroundings, they can learn a lot from their venue, go through the team spirit of working with friends and also become conscious about the environment.

For the modern day kids, going to the forests or the nature trails, to enjoy the advantages is a special occasion. They are required to come out of the shell of studies and home environment and experience nature first hand. Since many of these children are not able to go to forested areas, the different birthday party ideas can be instrumental in helping them play in the natural surroundings.

North India Tour-an Escape in Delight

Exhausted mind, body & soul intensely cry for rejuvenation. To revive its lost energy, an individual goes in the lap of beautiful nature. Each one has unique taste for getting charged-up. Some take shelter in hill stations while some prefer adventurous expedition, such as trekking mountain, rafting on fast currents etc.. A short break from daily regime kicks up their energy level too. After that, he/she becomes ready to back to daily hectic schedule.

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Have you ever planned excursions to incredible India? Not yet! Then, begin it with north India excursions. Have faith, fun at it is unbeatable! It will be pennywise complete paid off to you! North India Tour Packages from Delhi aboard you on the thrill-wagon where happiness, excitement, bursts of laughter and mind-boggling landscapes hypnotize you.

For projecting any place, exploring the heart paints its accurate picture. Touring or excursions fits absolutely to this statement. So, begin your excursion with Delhi, the capital city & one of the metropolitan cities of India. Don’t go lost in its honking vehicles, skyscraping buildings and streamlined structures. It has an illuminating yet heart-trembling history underlying. It has seen the mighty invaders Mughals, Turks and Persians who trampled it profusely under their knees many-a-times. But still, it is flourishing.

Visiting crumbling havelis in puzzle-like narrow lanes of Old Delhi will fan the excitement to go deep to its history. On the other hand, Edward Lutyen’s New Delhi gives stunning look due to its streamlined lanes of houses. Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun Tomb, Rajghat and India Gate tempt you to explore it more for witnessing amazing architectures.

The 1857 Mutiny Tour turns over the pages of history before you when British rule crushed the heads of mutinying Indians. It was the very first attempt of Indians who protested against the British rule.

Tracing the true picture of potters’ life, Delhi has its pottery village where all artisans of potters’ family carve clay. It’s amazing to view the clay coming to life, really.

For religious souls, Delhi’s Akshardham temple along with Mathura, Vrindavan & Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh will take you to interact with divinity on this earth. The former temple glimpses you the unique mingling of contemporary technology & creative style of craftsmanship with spirituality.

Your heart will die to miss a beat every time when you will have one of the Seven Wonders of the World i.e. the Taj, before your eyes. Its overlay intricate carvings in its design add magnificence to this dumbstruck monument.

For getting the true feel of soil, what other than that of Rajasthan’s pink city will be suitable! Don’t wonder as it’s the fact sand is spilled all over its ground. It has turned greener. The folk, its folk tales, folk dance, forts, palaces and museums will freeze your feet to catch their glimpse again & again.

For crazy freaks of handicraft accessories and traditional ethnic wears, Chandni Chowk and Jaipur are decked with small to big masterpieces. Hunger pangs will go crazy in want of more after getting taste of Indian cuisines, especially in Delhi’s aranthewali Galli.

Happy Birthday Songs for Kids from Tutitu.TV

Learning and enjoying while learning are two main phases for a kid’s life. Learning with music and rhythms are the best way of learning. The happy birthday songs for kids may be a rhyme set to music, a song that young children love to share among themselves or a modern creation intended for entertainment, use in the home or as an education. Although children’s songs have been recorded to teach them the best, they appear to be universal in human society. Learning can be fun when it comes to visualizations. Children learn more quickly when show them the facts rather than going on telling them the stories.

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Birthday is the occasion where every child wants to be the part of celebration. On this occasion every child loves to hear the greetings and blessings for themselves. To make this occasion more realistic and enjoyable happy birthday songs for kids are the most adorable part that every kid can enchant during the time of celebration. Happy birthday songs for kids are the other way of celebrating birthday in better way. Wordings are simply translated into music with rhythm and sounds. There are many songs for kids that can make them happy and feel special but birthday songs are the only best part of the birthday occasions. Teaching your child a birthday song can be difficult but teaching it with rhymes and videos can be more fun.

Learning phase is one of the most important phases of a child life. Every parent wants that their child should learn the best and grow well; now a days the best way to teach your child new things is tutitu.tv as this is the only source where your child can learn new things and enjoy their learning phase as toddlers. Tutitu.tv has lots of features that grab the attention of your child while learning. Some of the main characteristics of tutitu.tv are that it has a huge collection of toddlers learning videos and games. This way of learning will not divert the mind of your child and help them in learning those things which are needed by them at their present age.

These days, parents have their contemplations on essential instruction of children and it is truly vital for them to discover the best place to instruct kids at home. It is capable step taken by a portion of the site to give general features to children from which they will have the capacity to perceive the words and characters before hitting the opposition in schools. Presenting new ways to teach their children new things are one of the easiest ways to handle the children for every parent.

Celebrating Your 25th Birthday – An Important Halfway Point

Life creeps on quickly before you realizing that you have completed the 25 years of your life. The 25th birthday is an important phase of life when you are expected to accomplish something out of your life. It represents an important juncture before that big three-O that you hope to achieve by the 30th year. When you hit thirty, you are supposed to be happily married with a good job and a nice house. By the 25th year, people hope that they are well on their way to get settled within 5 years. It is the time to celebrate and appreciate the path that you have taken out to achieve your dreams. The 25th birthday signifies stability and foundation and hence most of the 25 year grown up look to host a birthday party that is a little more sensible and grown-up.

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One of the best ways to celebrate the 25th year is by hosting a theme party. Since the 25 years signifies the silver anniversary, a lot of silver decoration can be added to the party. This adds both elegance and is an interesting theme for the special night. Silver grasses, silver beads and plastic colored silver fedoras are great party favors or prizes for the birthday party games. Silver or platinum colored cups, plates and napkins can usually be found with intricate designs in ink or embossed on them for the guests to eat off of.

The games form an integral part of any birthday celebration. The 25th birthday party games should represent the mid juncture between the youth and maturity. The games can be chosen that would include parents and also their young children together with the couples. Many of the guests will want to bring their children and spouse so this party is more likely to be one of the sedate family get-togethers than the wild parties that are thrown for younger people. Games with reasonable activity levels and simple rules will best bridge the age gap between the guests.

The New York city offers several world renowned hotels and restaurants that provide spectacular event spaces to hold your 25th birthday party. A little bit of imagination and innovation together with the spectacular New York event spaces is sure to make your 25th birthday a most memorable one.

Ways to Promote your College Fest

The success of every college fest depends on the response that it gets from the masses. Hence, promoting your fest is a very important task in organizing a college fest. Though, it is not always about the numbers, it is a great feeling when your college fest is well received. The more participants, the more fun it is. If your campus can accommodate a large crowd, you should definitely go forward and promote your fest in a larger scale.

Misconception: Promoting to a larger crowd costs more.

Reality: With more students living a virtual life on the Internet, now it is practically very easy to promote your college fest to thousands of students. The amazing features of Facebook Pages and Groups can be harnessed to invite your friends to the fest. They in turn may invite their friends. If you have around 15 to 20 people who would invite their friends, you will have around 1000 students who may attend your fest. This is just an example; you might even do much better. Websites, which provide information on college fests, give you the option to promote your fest to thousands of students who are looking for a fest to attend. Some of the top websites to promote your fest are knowafest.com, symposiumz.net and campuscultr.com.

Misconception: Only the Big Colleges get more participation.

Reality: Though it is true that the big colleges get more participants, it is not true that only they should get more participation. It all comes down to how you promote your college fest. It is generally easier for the more famed colleges to promote their event better and at the same time, it completely depends on the team that organizes the event/fest. If you don’t have college fame on your side, nothing to worry, all you have to do is create a good front and then start your promotion.

Here is a checklist for promoting your fest:

1) Decide the theme:

Good themes have a very good impact on the success of the college fest. It creates an emotional impact on the organizers and the participants as well. Some examples for College Fest themes - ‘Protect the Environment’, ‘Be the Change’, ‘Learn By Doing’, ‘Reinvent’, ‘More Tech’.

2) Design your Logo, Posters and Website:

Branding, as they call it is what connects your audience with you. Branding your college fest helps make a social connection with your audience. Branding your fest can be started of with a good tagline/theme. Then comes the design of the Logo, Posters and the website. You can give out a call to all your college mates to come up with their own designs forselection and you will be surprised to know how much talent there is in your college.

3) Create a Facebook Page and post regularly:

Facebook as said earlier is the easiest way to connect with students and get them involved with your event. Post your updates and announcements in your Facebook Page/Group and also you can have an online contest or quiz.

4) Publish your fest in websites like Knowafest.com, Campuscultr.com and Technical Symposiums:

Many students of many colleges go to these websites to look for college fests, symposiums and cultural fests to attend. Publishing your fest in these websites will get you a larger audience.

5) Go for sponsorships after you have done your Online Promotion well, this can help you get better Sponsors:

Most of the sponsors look at how popular your fest is before they can approve a sponsorship. Hence, it is very important that you put up a good front for them to look at. Your Online Promotion (which you can do without spending any money) helps you get better sponsorship by enhancing your presence online.

6) Send invitations to colleges. First, to colleges nearby and then to colleges in other places:

Sending official invitations with college fest posters to other colleges are a very standard and necessary part of promotion. College administrators take in these invitations and put up your posters in their notice boards. This will give you more promotion from an official source. First, send the invites to the colleges near you, as those students are more likely to attend your fest. Then, send them to colleges in other places from where you expect students to turn up.

Top 10 Harbin Ice Festival Tours

Ice Festival Harbin offer you top 10 tour packages with the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. You will see the fantastic ice buildings, ice castles, ice sculptures, ice lanterns, and snow sculptures, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog/horse sledding, watch winter swimming performance, make snowman, enjoy the delicious northern Chinese food and Russian food, have a safari in the Siberian Tiger Park, experience the local ice and snow culture, and traditions…All these Harbin Ice Festival Tours are private tours, designed exclusively for you. You may also design it by yourself, and we will do it!

Top 1:
3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour
Consistently our best selling Harbin snow ice festival tour. This trip covers theme parks of the ice festival, plus plenty of time to explore the historical and cultural sites in Harbin City.

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3 Days Harbin Ice Festival and Russian Flavor Tour
On this classical trip, we will spend the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, and experience the authentic Russian culture, historical sites and more…

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Top 3:
6 Days Ultimate Harbin Tour Package
Spend International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival with Harbin expert guide! Including skiing, ice lantern show, ice and snow sculptures, ice and snow world, winter swimming watching, interesting ice and snow activities, delicious Chinese and Russian food…

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4 Days Harbin Ice and Snow World Tour
This is a perfect trip to Harbin ice festival 2014! Make safari-style adventure, enjoy skiing in the world-class ski resort, get lost in the wonderland of ice and snow world in the evening and more.

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Top 5:
5 Days Harbin Winter Adventure Tour
The itinerary offers a tour of ice festival including the main attractions in Harbin. An overnight stay in the awesome beautiful China’s Snow Town affords unique opportunities to experience the local peasants’ life as well as dog- sledding or snowmobiling through the forest.

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4 Days Harbin Winter Tour
This Harbin winter trip provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to see all the highlights of Harbin in winter and experience Harbin’s incredible nature and culture at your own pace. Get intimate contact with the Siberian tigers and have an excellent chance of skiing in Erlongshan Ski Resort.

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This year our NEW family experience program provides winter fun for the entire family. Making a winter trip to Harbin a memory that will never be forgotten. This is not some ordinary theme parks! Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Show, Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Siberian Tiger Park, ice skating, sleigh rides, tubing, skiing, and dog sledding are just the beginning of a memorable winter tour to Harbin.

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5 Days Harbin Ski Holidays
This popular tour will give you the opportunity to witness the best of Harbin. The magic, tranquility and stunning beauty of the Harbin’s winter will surround you like a downy quilt. The itinerary includes both skiing in Yabuli and highlights of the ice and snow festival. There’s a lot to see and do on the trip – great scenery is just the beginning.

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5 Days Unforgettable Harbin and China’s Snow Town Tour
This winter travel package of Harbin will be an unforgettable experience in your life-time, from the ice lantern fair to the ice and snow world, from the International Snow Sculpture Expo to Harbin Polarland, from the Siberian Tiger Park to the Snow Town…this trip has it all. Take your camera, lots of great scenes await!

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Experience the most remarkable and unique trip to Harbin where you will be amazed by a blend of ice & snow sculptures and beautiful ice lanterns, with the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the city. You will explore Manchu people’s culture & history and enjoy their special food.

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5 Princess Birthday Party Theme Ideas

Birthday parties for kids are getting more convoluted day by day and sometimes a simple theme is not pleasing enough for a kids’ birthday party. Every parent wants to celebrate his/her kids’ birthday party in a very creative, special and organized format. If you are thinking of doing something innovative for your little girl’s upcoming birthday, one great idea would be to implement an exciting princess birthday party theme. Here I will share some creative princess birthday party ideas with you.

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1. Princess Theme – A Fantasy Party Your Princess will Love!

Every little girl wants to be a princess and by creating a princess birthday party theme you can make her dream come true. You can select royal colors for the princess theme like purple, pink, gold or silver. According to the color theme, decorate the party area with balloons, streamers, glitters and flags. To give a royal touch to the party you can create a princess castle with a large appliance box and decorate with glitters, markers and crayons. Princess castle will not only provide a great party decoration but it will also serve as a tool of entertainment for your little princess and her friends.

2. Cinderella Theme – Every Little Girl’s Dream

Cinderella birthday party theme with party games, supplies crafts and decorations will really create a great magic in the party. For Cinderella theme you can pick majestic colors like pink, lavender, light blue and white. Then according to the color theme decorate the party area with pink, silver and blue sequins and plenty of balloons and streamers.  Set the table with matching plates, napkins, candies and frosted cupcakes and also create a fancy palace party area for your little cute princess.

3. Fairy Theme – Creating the Magical World of Fairies

Fairy theme is another classic princess birthday party theme idea. Arrange a birthday party in an enchanted fairy garden to give a fascinating look. Decorate the enchanted garden with glittery fairy wings, flower headbands and sprinkle some glitter to give the illusion of fairy dust. Use mushroom toadstools, flower vase glasses, linen napkins, fine porcelain china and cutlery. Set themed interactive activities and games. An enchanted fairy party theme will best suit on the girls between the ages of three to eight.

4. Unicorn Theme – Add Magic & Flare in the Party

The Unicorn princess birthday theme will surely add flare, magic and fantasy to your daughter’s party. Decorate the party area with streamers and balloons and sprinkle some glitter and flowers on the table. Turn your party area into a magical unicorn forest and include themed interactive games like the golden unicorn horn quest.

5. Barbie Theme – The Favorite Princess Birthday Party Theme

Another innovative princess birthday party idea is the Barbie birthday theme. This is an all time favorite of all little girls. The Barbie theme includes Barbie lollipop, lip gloss, gel pens, Barbie invitations, and Barbie gift bags.  Pink or lavender should be the main color schemes for the party. Little girls can bring their Barbie dolls and play dress up.

Although there are almost infinite birthday themes ideas but the above cited princess birthday party themes are the most popular themes for birthday girls. Opting these popular princess birthday party themes will certainly make your little girl’s birthday a very memorable event.