Thursday, June 16, 2011

Interesting Tidbits about Marrying in the Month of June

June – the month that can be spelled also as marriage!

Many couples out there prefer to wed in the month of June than any other month of the year. For instance in New Jersey, about 15% of couples from the mentioned place exchanged their vows in the month of June. This is revealed from the survey conducted by a certain wedding planning resources in New Jersey about the most popular wedding month.  

Wondering why there are more brides chose to dress in their custom embroidered wedding gown and walk down the aisle in the month of June? Well, maybe because they are just following what used to be a tradition. Some people believed that this particular month is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. For them it is among the reasons why June becomes the perfect time to tie the knot. Another interesting tidbit about marrying in the month of June is it is the ideal time for conception as births would not interfere with the harvest time. Meanwhile, for those who lived during the 15th and 16th centuries, brides prefer to wear wedding gown and veil (comes with beautiful custom embroidery designs) in June because it coincides with their “annual bath.” The so called annual bath happens in the month of May hence, for people saying “I Do” a month after the annual bath is a good idea because they will still smell relatively sweet and fresh.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2012 Olympics: FIFA Banned Iranian Women Football Team

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To participate in the Games of the XXX Olympiad or the 2012 Summer Olympics, which will be held in London, United Kingdom on July 27 to Aug 12, 2012 is one of the dreams that most serious athletes aspire right now.  However, for an athlete to qualify in one of the world’s biggest sports event that happens only once every 4 years is not as easy as most people think since there are a number of things to consider. So lucky are those who have been qualified to join in the said  upcoming sports competition.

To date, the board members of the International Olympic Committee have already released a list of NOCs who have at least one qualified athlete. There are 101 nations, as of June 7, 2011, with at least one athlete who is eligible and already sure to compete in the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

But if there are athletes who qualify, there are also some who fail to meet the standards for the 2012 Summer Olympics. One of them is the Iranian’s women football team. And what is the primary reason for their disqualification? It is none other but the specially-designed head and neck covering scarves, which is part of the team’s logo apparel sports uniform.

Based in Iran’s interpretation of Shiite Islamic doctrine, all female individuals are required to conceal their hair, neck, arms, and legs. Women athletes who compete internationally should obey the country’s dress code when making their uniforms. But sad to say, the International Federation of Football Association has also set its regulation for 2012 Summer Olympics and one of them is with regard to wearing of uniforms. In the guidelines, it states that “Players and officials shall not display political, religious, commercial, or personal messages or slogans in any language or form on their playing or team kits.” And the inclusion of headscarves on Iranian women football team is one form of violating the guidelines set by FIFA. According to the news of, an unidentified official also told the press that wearing neck scarves during the game is also prohibited as it could be a cause of choking.

Share Your Opinion:
Is disqualifying Iran’s national women football team from the 2012 Olympics lawful or it is just a form of discrimination?