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It began as a nuptial ceremony and has turned into one of the most vibrant celebrations of harvest crop in the whole world.

Come October and Munich goes wild with the celebrations of Oktoberfest, primarily known all over the world for the large quantities of beer that quite literally 'flow through the city'. It began as a nuptial ceremony and has turned into one of the most vibrant celebrations of harvest crop in the whole world.

When German Crown Prince Ludwig got married to Princess Therese, he decided to call for a city-wide celebration. A public march was conducted and the prince marched with his new bride. For days, the people of Munich thronged the streets, and drank to the health of the royal union. Gallons of German beer were poured out while the people made merry. Today, the tradition of this celebration has been carried over, except there is no bride or groom to toast. Horse races are conducted instead, where people still take to the streets to dance and drink.

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Swastika, one of the sacred symbols used by many religions like Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.

The symbol of Swastika is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in the religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been globally banned in many countries.

The reason why the symbol of Swastika is banned in many countries is because of its association with Adolf Hitler's extreme political ideology, Nazism, as Swastika as its official symbol.

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The Kremlin palace in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin is a well-known caninophile. His canines accompany him for official meetings at his residence, serving as a humanizing prop or an intimidating one. He has also been said to have compared ex-US President George Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney to his black Labrador Koni. He sardonically commented on the comparison by saying, "Bigger, faster, stronger," intimidating Bush.

His love for dogs has given other world leaders a plausible excuse to gift him puppies in hope of establishing cordial relations with Russia. Back in 2017, he received a puppy as a belated birthday gift from then Turkmenistan's President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

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Young women’s hockey team defender Nisha feels that India could learn from the communication skills of the Argentinians and Germans to gain an edge over their rivals on the field.

“Both Argentina and Germany play very tactical hockey and the way they communicate and look for gaps to penetrate into the circle is very unique. Defending against them was not easy but at the same time, there was so much to learn from them,” said the 25-year-old.

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