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Toluna Magazine EN-SA April 2022

Welcome to the first issue of Toluna Magazine! We hope you will enjoy it.

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We wish you a blessed Ramadan.

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Dear influencers,





We are glad to share with you the first edition of the Toluna Magazine

in tandem with the most expected month of Ramadan.



Besides catching up with the newest highlights of our community,
you will come across articles on various topics of interest that we hope

you will find both appealing and stimulating.



Get lost through the pages, find the latest Toluna news and have a
most pleasant read!




We hope you will enjoy our issue and make the best out of all the
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How does Ramadan
look like in different

cultures

‘The cleansing ritual in


Indonesia




'Padusan’, which means ‘to bathe’

in the Javanese dialect, is a

tradition that was started by a

group of revered priests, called

Wali Songo, who were the first

ones to spread Islamic teaching in

the region of Java.

The sacred month of Ramadan

starts once with the first glimpse The tradition originated with the
of the new crescent moon, in the intention of purifying the mind

ninth month of the Islamic lunar

calendar. It lasts for and body by performing a

approximately 30 days and it cleansing ritual by emerging

marks the month that the Qur’an oneself in a natural spring before

was revealed by Allah to the start of Ramadan.

Muhammad in 610 AD.
Back in the day, the common


Fasting, prayers and practice was given to the religious
leaders and elders to assign
charity, are all meant to
specific sacred springs for
be taken strongly in
performing the padusan, but
consideration during this
nowadays, people opt for more
period, but different
modern options like going to
Muslims throughout the
nearby lakes, swimming pools or
world have their own
even performing the ritual in their
unique ways to celebrate own bathrooms at home.


Ramadan.

The ballads of the Roma


Muslim community in

Albania



The Roma Muslim community

dates back to the Ottoman Empire

and for centuries, they are used to

marching down the streets, Henna drawings in Pakistan

announcing the start and end of

the Ramadan.
At the end of Ramadan and at the


beginning of Eid-al-Fitr, the
They do that by playing traditional

songs with a ‘lodra’, which is a Chaand Raat festivities are

drum commonly used in their folk starting in Pakistan.

music.
The local bazaars get overcrowded

It is also very common for the by women and girls who gather

Muslim families to invite them there to buy colorful bangles and

inside their places to play the use henna on their feet and hands

traditional ballads to mark the to create intricate designs.

start of Iftar. The shop owners also keep their

stalls decorated to suit the


vibrancy of the whole festivity and

keep them open until the early

morning the next day.




Many women place temporary

henna shops next to the jewelry

stores, in order to attract more

people to apply henna paint right

on spot.

The marriages in Mauritania





In Mauritania there is a common

habit to read the Qur’an in one

night during Ramadan. Also, men

tend to get their heads shaved

before Ramadan. The new hair,

that grows during the holy month,

is often referred as ‘Ramadan

hair’. Moreover, there is a habit for
The bag of blessing in Iran
couples to get married during this


In the northwestern province of period, to attract more blessings in

East Azerbaijan in Iran there is their marriages.

another unique Ramadan

tradition that is being carried by

the female members of the family.



Barkat Kisasi is the name for the With all the different traditions in

bag that the women and girls sew various countries and
together on the last Friday of the communities, Muslims have been

Ramadan. This name literally very inventive in celebrating this

means the ‘bag of blessing’ in the blessed month in their own unique

Azeri dialect and it is believed ways, and we hope that the

that it carries protection against

becoming poor. customs will never be lost, but only
reimagined in more other

distinctive and spectacular ways.
After they sew it, they throw

money inside of it and place it in a

box until the next Ramadan.

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AMSTERDAM








Amsterdam, despite its small size, is a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a
cosmopolitan city: rich history and culture, plenty of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, an

excellent transport system, and a bustling city center.




Thanks to numerous and extensive canals, Amsterdam has little traffic, which makes it easy to explore and
stroll around the city. Not to mention, it's also very bike-friendly and thanks to this, you can get to all sights
and interesting places very quickly. Another great attraction of Amsterdam is boat cruises. They are a
popular way to explore the city.


One of Amsterdam's main tourist attractions is its museums. Whether it's the most famous Rijksmuseum to
the Van Gogh Museum or Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam has plenty to offer. There are over seventy

museums in the city that attract millions of tourists each year. But, the main attractions are certainly not only
limited to museums - you don't want to miss out on taking in the Keukenhof tulip garden or the Ajax
Amsterdam stadium.


In addition to the most popular tourist attractions, it is worth checking out our recommended places of
interest in Amsterdam, often unknown and those that you will not find in standard guidebooks - so don't

forget to do your own research to find hidden gems too!

MUNICH





Munich is a city in southern Germany, situated on the Upper Bavaria plains. It is the third-largest

city centre in Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg), with a population of nearly 1.5 million.



Munich differs from other German cities - it is more vibrant and upbeat. It's hard to put into
words, so you would have to spend a few days here and be able to make a comparison with the
others to feel the difference.



When visiting Munich, like most German cities, we should focus on the area of the old town -
Altstadt. One of the main points of the city is Marienplatz square (in the middle there is a
golden statue of Mary (Mariensäule), next to which is the city hall (New Town Hall, Neues

Rathaus). This impressive building is still the seat of the municipal government today. South of
the Old Town Hall, we can visit the Gothic Church of St. Peter (Peterskirche), which is the oldest
temple in Munich. Entry to the church is free, but there is a paid entrance to the church tower -
where you will find a great view. Another square in the historic part of the city worth visiting is
the Odeonsplatz, home to the famous Munich Residence.

FLORENCE







Florence, the city of art (this is where the Italian Renaissance movement was born) and beautiful
buildings, it's a place whose charm surpasses even Rome for many. The Tuscan capital is almost

always crowded, but it has "that something" that allows you to forget about the thousands of
other visitors and enjoy the narrow streets, palaces, and general hustle and bustle .
Almost immediately after leaving the main train station, we come across one of the most important
monuments of the Tuscan capital - the Dominican monastery complex. It consists of: the Basilica of Santa
Maria Novella, a museum in the convent rooms, a courtyard, and a fragment of the monastery cemetery.

And just a short walk from the basilica, we find a hidden treasure of Florence, one of the oldest operating
pharmacies in the world - Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.


Florence's most famous attraction is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). The Florentine
temple is the fourth largest church in the world, and its facade and dome are some of the most

recognizable symbols of the capital of Tuscany, and even Italy itself.


Being in the Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), do not miss the late Gothic Loggia Bigallo (Loggia del
Bigallo). This building belonged to a charity and its covered part had a sad destiny. It served as a place to
leave behind sick and unwanted children. Today, the structure impresses with its beautiful reliefs and
decorations.



The historic centre of Florence stretches south from the cathedral as far as the Arno River, and it is here
that the second-largest symbol of the city is located - the Vecchio Palace (Palazzo Vecchio). The building
was built in the 14th century and initially served as a town hall. The Vecchio Palace is located in the
enormous Piazza Della Signoria, famous for the Neptune Fountain and the Loggia Dei Lanzi open
sculpture gallery.

ISTANBUL








The city, which has been shaped by a turbulent history, with various ups and downs
and changes for over a century, which have made it what it is today. An amazing
megacity, with a unique story to be told.

if there was one adjective that would best describe this city, it would be cosmopolitan. Hagia
Sophia is the city's most exquisite monument. Once a Christian temple, it then became a

mosque, and now it is a museum. However, it remains one of the greatest architectural
creations from the first millennium AD.


The Blue Mosque, one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture, was supposed to
overshadow its Christian predecessor. It is located right next to Hagia Sophia, and its greatest
advantage is that when crowds of visitors trample the city's most important monument, the
mosque has an atmosphere of peace, concentration, and prayer that takes you into a state of

complete relaxation. The great long square along with the Blue Mosque once housed the
huge Constantinople Hippodrome, horse racing, and chariot arena. Today, it is a popular
meeting and hangout place for both tourists and residents of the city.

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8th of March is International You would be surprised to find


Women's Day, an important out that on March 8, 1917

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FRIDA KAHLO




JULY 1907 - JULY 1954

A painter with a tragic destiny They were on a bus when Frida

realized she lost her umbrella, so they

Frida Kahlo, or originally, Magdalena had to get off to look after it. Getting

Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, was a on the second bus, the universe made

Mexican artist, mostly known for her it look like it had a well-established

vivid and evocative self-portraits, plan for poor Frida, but not as

profoundly influenced by the nature unfortunate as for some of the other
and artifacts of Mexico. bus attendants.




Her style of work usually includes Some minutes after both Frida and her

elements of Realism, Symbolism and boyfriend took their seats in the bus,

Surrealism. the vehicle collided with an electric
streetcar.

She is not the standard female artist,

people would regularly think of, but we Alejandro recalled the accident in

believe if we are to think about the details:

influential women in our history, Frida ''The electric train [streetcar] with

definitely deserves a spot in the top, two cars approached the bus

not just because of her artistic ability, slowly. It hit the bus in the middle.
but for her own resilience as a woman. Slowly the train pushed the bus.

The bus had a strange elasticity. It

The most painful detail about her life bent more and more, but for a

is, unfortunately, the accident she had time it did not break. It was a bus

on September 17, 1925. with long benches on either side. I
She was only 18 when it happened that remember that at one moment

Frida was with her back-then boyfriend my knees touched the knees of

Alejandro Gómez Arias, when they the person sitting opposite me. I

were returning home from school. was sitting next to Frida...

...When the bus reached its so she developed a new passion for

maximal flexibility it burst into a art.
thousand pieces, and the train She had her own easel, specially made

kept moving. It ran over many for bed, and a mirror placed above it,

people. so she could see herself while painting.

I remained under the train. Not Therefore, painting became a very

Frida. But among the iron rods of self-involved and self-exploratory
the train, the handrail broke and process for her. She would reflect much

went through Frida from one side on the accident, but she would also

to the other at the level of the think about different existential

pelvis.” questions, and then she would create

a painting that would represent just
After the impact, Frida's condition was that.

so bad that the doctors couldn't even

imagine that she could be saved. Throughout the years, the effects of

Besides her pelvis, she had several ribs, the initial accident didn't get

her legs and collarbone fractured. necessarily better, but she ended up
undergoing 32 surgeries in total and

Frida had spent two months at the she experienced lifelong physical pain.

hospital and one at home. Even though

she tried hard to recover and get back However, besides her artistic mastery

to normal activities, the X-rays and genius mind, Frida was an
revealed that she had three vertebrae incredible woman, because, even

displaced. She was given a plaster though she was challenged in ways

corset and was confined to bed as part that not many of us are, she found

of her treatment. beauty in life through art and even

Initially, before the accident, Frida almost 70 years after her death,

would dream of becoming herself a people are still amazed and inspired
doctor, but life had different plans for by looking at her artworks.

her. Due to having to spend many

hours in bed, in solitude, she was

encouraged by her parents to start

painting...

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and


because I am the subject I know best.”




― Frida Kahlo

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