Have you heard of Ottawa's Tulip Festival?
The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration based on the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Princess Juliana of the Netherlands to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during World War II in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.
The Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 varieties blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region.
Laughter is good for the soul - Are you getting enough?
Comedy is an essential part of social interaction, with humorous acts and plays dating back to prehistoric times. It is evident throughout history the impact comedy has had on human nature. But why is it good to laugh?
Laughter is often said to be the best medicine. And that is in fact true! Laughter not only boosts your mood and affects mental health, but it also strengthens your immune system and enhances social bonding. As children, laughter was almost a second form of communication, whereas adults may find genuine laughter harder to find. However, studies have found that laughing on a regular basis can actually extend your lifespan! This happens because when we laugh, our bodies release endorphins, the hormone that makes us feel good, which leads to an elevated mood. In fact, a 2015 study found that using laughter therapy as a treatment for depression yielded positive results in combating negative mood states.
As mentioned, comedy is not new. Originating in ancient Greece, comedy was originally used by philosophers such as Aristotle as a means of uniting the members of society through laughter. While modern day comedy has undergone a large amount of evolution, the basis of humor remains the same: laughter unites the masses.
With modernity came new comedic influences. The invention of the television prompted a slew of situational comedies, or sit-coms. One of the most influential sit-coms to hit television screens was the iconic "I Love Lucy" which starred a confident and brash female lead who defied gender roles combined with the typical slapstick humor. This show was way ahead of its time and has been the focus of many studies on the impact of 1950's and 60's comedy on modern day television.
If you are an "I Love Lucy" fan or you just want to add some more laughter to your life, then join us on our upcoming "I Love Lucy" tour.
Follow this link to find out more, and as always, have a wonderful and joyous afternoon.
Chicago: City Guide
1. Popular to contrary belief, Montreal is not the capital of Quebec. It is Quebec City.
2. If you've ever taken pleasure in the classic Canadian cuisine of poutine, you have Quebec to thank for that one. Quebec is sometimes referred to as the "home of poutine" with many eateries in places such as Quebec City featuring versions of poutine with toppings such as chorizo and foie gras.
3. Quebec City is Canada's last remaining walled city, with over 4.5km of walls.
4. Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in Canada.
5. Quebec City was almost a US colony in the late 1700's.
6. The Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral is the oldest Catholic parish that can be found in North America.
7. Quebec's motto is: "Je me souviens" which translates to "I remember."
8. Quebec was able to lower rates of child obesity by regulating television ads for food and toys that are marketed to youth.
9. All the stop signs in Quebec are marked with "Arrêt", even though "stop" is a word in French, with all the stop signs in France being marked with "stop."
10. Every winter, an ice castle is built in Quebec City to boost morale and attract tourists.
If you've ever wanted to visit Quebec City for yourself, join us on our next trip!
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