Where is this magical place you might wonder? It is located in Finland, a remote place within the Arctic Forest and right in it there lies a destination called the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. It literally has a home named as such, Santa Home, in the resort itself!
If you are one of those people who dreamt of a white Christmas, better book your ticket and the resort today! To get there you need to fly to Helsinki Airport first then get a domestic flight to Ivalo Airport. From there it is only 30 minutes bus ride to the resort. It is a quite easy trip to a very secluded magical place which will make your long haul flight worth it.
When we get to the resort a wonderful experience awaits you. You can rent a log chalets to stay or a glass igloo room, there are many different types of accommodations that you can check on their website. In the morning you will be able to see the most beautiful sunrise in your life while having breakfast at their restaurant.
For the nature and animal lover in you, you can experience getting on a dog sledge or a reindeer sledge around the resort. This fun can last up to 40 minutes while you can watch the animals having fun cutting the thick snow through the Arctic forest. This activity will be perfect while watching the sundown.
Lastly the ‘creme de la creme’ of this trip is stargazing. If you stay in a glass igloo room this will be perfect. You might stay all night just staring at the stars and not fall asleep that night. Another night phenomena is the northern light, the infamous aurora. You can watch them from within the igloo as well, just need to check the forecast beforehand.
This place is definitely a place that need to be visited once in a lifetime. Especially celebrating year end and Christmas with your family or your spouse. Plus if you want to make sure every moment is captured perfectly you can count on our photographers to do that.
Lo and behold, the Eid al-Fitr holiday is coming our way! We bet you already have your mudik trip all planned out, or if not, you must be slowly but surely preparing your cozy get-together with your extended family. It's exciting yet nerve-racking at the same time, we get it, but guess what? It can absolutely be funny and memorable too!
Our resident catwomanizer, Andrea Gunawan, is back at it this Friday with another installment of SweetLove with Andrea; but instead of her regular musing on love and relationship, she's back with a set of funny and memorable Eid al-Fitr stories from her readers. From the classic (missing out on the Eid prayer), the embarrassing (you think it's already Eid, but not yet!) to the downright bizarre (lizard is apparently the key to making your opor ayam extra delicious!) , here are the 10 unforgettable Eid stories that will make you go 'aaawww' or 'lol!'. Take it from here Andrea!
It’s me again! Don’t pretend like it’s easy to focus on work these days, as Eid al-Fitr holiday is just around the corner. Most of us are busy daydreaming about coming home to gather with our families next week. According to Wikipedia, Eid Mubarak or (Arabic: عيد مبارك) is a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festivals of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Eid means "celebration" and refers to the occasion itself, and Mubarak means "blessed". So Eid, meaning “celebration,” and Mubarak, meaning “Blessed” literally translates to wishing your friends a blessed holiday.
A lot happen during the holidays and everyone has at least one memorable holiday moment. I asked my followers to share their stories. Some stories made me giggle, some warmed my heart. For each story, I will include a quick excerpt to give you a glimpse of what the fuss is all about. Here are the 10 funniest, most memorable Eid al-Fitr moments:
“The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.
Now because of that, a lot of families, including mine, had gone to great lengths to prepare the meals, such as ketupat, rendang, opor ayam, etc to celebrate Eid that evening, but the moon had another plan in mind. It didn’t appear until the next day so we ate the meals for suhoor and iftar, and the next day during the actual celebration, the whole family had Indomie for dinner.”
“Last year, we all woke up late and rushed to the mosque to join the mass Eid prayer. We got there and everyone stayed quiet, listening to the sermon. We were about to pray when we realized everyone was going back! We didn’t realize what was happening, until my mother said that Eid prayer starts with two units of prayer, followed by the sermon. We missed the prayer.”
“So when I was a kid, the family was going on a road trip back to our hometown, where we passed Sumedang to take a quick rest. My dad went out to smoke, and my mom was fast asleep. I told my siblings I was going to grab a bite, so I went out of the car to buy some street food. I was waiting for my food when the seller told me that my dad had driven away. What kind of dad left his own child in the middle of nowhere? I didn’t have a mobile phone then and all I had was five thousand Rupiah.
I frantically told the seller to cancel my order so I could run to the nearest phone booth to call my dad. He looked at me with pity and handed me the food anyway. He then took me to the phone booth and helped call my dad’s number. Of course he didn’t pick up because he rarely picked up unknown numbers. But thankfully he picked it up after a few tries so he could go back and fetch me.”
“Last year was my first Eid with my husband. His family tradition includes giving his grandmother a green envelope as she lives alone in the village. After I went back, my mother-in-law called me, asking where she could cash the check. It wasn’t a check. It was a blank receipt. I made a mistake of distributing a blank receipt. To my entire family. It was embarrassing.”
“When I was a kid, I stayed over at my grandparents’ house the night before Eid so we could pray at the mosque together in the morning. We needed to go earlier so we could get the best spots in the mosque. The morning came and my aunt woke me up and told me get ready quickly because it was 5.30 am already. I panicked and dashed to the bathroom right away. I realized we were out of shampoo so we rushed outside to find one in a neighbor’s shop. We were a bit confused because it was still dark outside and we could hear fireworks.
We banged on the neighbor’s shop’s door and he opened the door with a sleepy face, asking what we wanted at this hour. I told him I needed a shampoo, and he asked me why I needed to shower at this hour, and I told him I needed to rush to the mosque. And what came out of his mouth shocked us. Turned out it was still 11.30 pm. My aunt put on her numberless, analog wrist watch upside down by mistake and misread the hands. Everyone laughed their asses off at us when we got home.”
“During Eid prayer, the lady in front of me farted, and she just collapsed all of a sudden. The person next to her asked her what happened, and she told him she suddenly felt dizzy. But she just ripped a loud and nasty fart!”
“So my dad is a Muslim and my mom is not. Every Eid holiday, my mom would cook us the haram and halal versions of rendang (spicy meat). The Muslim ones in the family are only allowed to eat the halal rendang made out of beef, whereas the non-Muslims are only allowed to eat the haram rendang made out pork.”
“Every Eid, the whole family gathered at the grandparents’ to have a potluck dinner. A couple of years ago, it was my turn to bring opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk). I was cooking it the night before when a house lizard slipped and fell into the boiling pot so I immediately plucked the poor thing out. Brought it to serve to the family and only ours didn’t eat it because we knew the secret ingredient added in the last minute. Thankfully no one got an upset stomach.”
“We had our neighbors come to our house for dinner during Eid al-Fitr and we served pempek (fish cake) and Coca Cola. All of a sudden one of the guests started pouring the Coca Cola into his pempek bowl and proceeded to eat it. Seems like he thought it was the vinegar, which is typically stored in a used Coca Cola bottle. He continued to eat it until he finished it like nothing weird just happened. We just ate in silence while looking at each other and the whole house burst into laughter the moment he stepped out of the house!”
“In my family, we’ve got this tradition where we have to perform before the elders give us the green envelope. We call it “Eid’s Got Talent”. It doesn’t matter what we do, we could sing, play a guitar, dance, or stand there and be cute, usually for the little ones. They encourage us to be brave, creative, and to work for what we want from a young age. God, I can’t wait to go home next week.”
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