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Third Date Will Make Or Break Your Relationship, Here’s Why

Everyone is so obsessed talking about making a good impression on a first date that very few talk about the second one. Even fewer ever mention the third date at all. But this is one major mistake because the third date is the defining date for your relationship. You may be thinking this is crazy talk, but you’ll see why this all makes perfect sense.

Why Is The Third Date Super Important?

To understand what really makes the third date such a big deal, it’s a good idea to see what goes on in the previous two.

The awkward first encounter.

Think of yourself on your first date. You probably spend the whole night worrying about the impression you’re making. Have you dressed appropriately? Are you asking her the right questions? Is your body language right? There is so much to worry about you don’t even have the chance or the head to learn and remember much about her.

The is-the-chemistry-really-there second date.

And let’s have a look at the second date. You asked her on one, so it means you liked her on the first one and she liked you enough to accept doing it again. This time, you have promised yourself to learn more about her, worry less about yourself and actually make sure that the connection you suspected on the first date really is there. Chances are that she’s doing the exact same thing with you. So, again, there is so much stress that one of you will blow it and the other will have a change of heart and never want to meet again.

The turning point that is the third date.

Now, do you see why the third date is made of gold? Once you’ve made it past the second date, you can actually say that you are officially dating. You will be feeling much more relaxed and get the chance to dig deeper into real things in your life that you just mentioned in the previous two dates, you will have a better conversation as the intimacy will have increased, and you know about the ladies’ “third-date rule”. You may even move things forward with some physical action too. The third date basically establishes the kind of relationship you’ll have. It’s when you will understand whether you are on the same page as far as relationship goals are concerned, and decide for real if you want to go on that journey together.

With relationships analyzed more than ever these days, you will surely find the third date slowly taking its rightful place as the make-or-break, defining moment in people’s relationships.

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Wet Monday, Rocket War And Leg Whipping: All The Weirdness Of Easter In Eastern Europe

For travelers, Easter is one of the most interesting times of the year to visit a new country. The Eastern European countries are an excellent choice for this time of year, as they largely regard Easter as the most important religious holiday (yes, even more than Christmas), and celebrate it in various interesting ways. Read about the ways Easter in Eastern Europe can be a unique experience.

Celebrating Easter in Eastern Europe

Most of the population in Eastern Europe is either Orthodox or Catholic Christian. Usually, their Easters don’t fall on exactly the same day (as the former follow the Julian calendar and the latter tend to follow the Gregorian), but sometimes they overlap. This is the case this year when both Orthodox and Catholic Easter is celebrated on the 16th of April. Let’s have a look at the fun (and strange) traditions that make Easter in Eastern Europe unique.

Poland And Wet Monday The Polish use the week before Easter to do their spring cleaning. People may decide to paint their houses or barns in the countryside, as this is a time for renewal and rebirth.

On Easter Saturday, they prepare Easter baskets containing a variety of Easter foods: “pisanki” (dyed eggs), some sausage or ham, salt and pepper, bread, butter, a piece of cake and an Easter Lamb made of either sugar or plastic. They are then taken to church in order to be blessed.

The Monday after Easter is called Wet Monday (Śmigus-dyngus). During the whole day, groups of young boys carrying water guns or buckets of water wait to make girls wet while they sing rhymes to them.  Girls exchange the favor the next day, by doing the exact same thing to boys.

Celebrating Easter in Eastern Europe can be a wet business if you're in Poland on Wet Monday.
If you’re a woman in Poland on Wet Monday, expect water to be thrown at you.

Croatia And The Huge Bonfires Croatia is yet another Eastern European country attaching importance to Easter. What is special about it is that the remains of the food Croatians have taken to church for a blessing in special baskets, are either burnt or kept to place in the first furrow when ploughing.

On Easter evening, Croatians make huge bonfires that burn all through the night and scatter their ashes in their fields and gardens in the morning, in the belief they will be made more fertile.

Another amazing way to spend Easter in Eastern Europe is spending all night by a bonfire in Croatia.
The Easter bonfires are kept going all night long in Croatia.

Here, too, it is customary to paint and decorate eggs. What is unique in Croatia, though, is that apart from the red and other brightly colored eggs, people may also paint eggs black. Decorated Easter eggs (“pisanice”) are offered as presents, showing affection and love. They are given to relatives and friends, but there is also something special about them – pisanice are traditionally offered by young men to the girl they like.

Greece And The Rocket War Greeks take Easter very seriously. On Holy Saturday they go to church holding candles that are lit up with the holy fire that travels on a special plane from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where it is believed to light up miraculously every year.

There are various traditions for Easter Sunday, depending on which part of it you’re in. The most impressive is the custom of pot breaking in Corfu, where the resurrection service in the morning is followed by the words “Christós Anésti” (meaning “Christ has risen”) against a background of loudly pealing bells and the joyful sounds of the island’s best philharmonic bands as they parade through the streets. People then hurl clay pots from their balconies and windows, as a symbolism of the way death was beaten when Christ resurrected.

Easter in Eastern Europe can be a little dangerous if you are in Chios during the rocket war.
The famous rocket war taking place in Chios at Easter.

In another island, Chios, the Rocket War traditionally takes place between two rival parish churches, St. Mark and Virgin Mary, located on opposite hillsides about 400m away from one another. On the eve of Easter Sunday, around 70,000 rockets are fired between the two camps with one aim: to hit the bell tower of the opposite church. The weirdest thing about it? All this takes place during the Holy Liturgy when both churches are full.

The Czech Republic And The Leg Whipping. Czech girls pay extra attention to their Easter eggs. That’s because they are meant to give them to boys on Easter Monday. There are many Easter egg decorating techniques and different materials used, such as bee’s wax, straw, watercolors, onion peels, and stickers. The most common designs are geometrical patterns and flowers, but there is really no limit to Czech girls’ creativity.

Men, on the other hand, go caroling on Easter Monday carrying braided pussy-willow twigs (called pomlázka) they use to softly whip girls’ legs. The custom symbolizes youth and health, as the fresh twigs are believed to make those hit with them stay young and healthy.

If you're a woman spending Easter in Eastern Europe, watch your legs if you're in the Czech Republic.
Lightly whipping girls’ legs with a willow stick is good luck in the Czech Republic at Easter.

Bulgaria And The Painted Egg War In Bulgaria, eggs are decorated on the Maundy Thursday. Then, it is customary to hold a big (boiled) egg fight at church, known as the  “choukane s yaitsa”. The person who has the last surviving (uncracked) egg (which is called “borak”, meaning “fighter”) has to keep his egg until next Easter. It is believed that the blessed egg won’t spoil during that time.

If you spend Easter in Eastern Europe, you are very likely to come across a beautifully painted egg.
Decorated egg fights are one of the greatest Easter traditions in Bulgaria.

Russia And The Butter Lamb Russia is considered to be one of the countries that celebrate Easter with great piousness. They also have the traditions of painted eggs and food baskets, as well as some pretty hard to make (but well worth the effort) special Easter cakes.

A strange tradition, however, among the strangest on Easter in Eastern Europe is that of the butter lamb. In Russia, as in other European countries celebrating Easter, the Easter meal is exceptionally rich. Here, however, it is accompanied by a knob of butter that is shaped as a lamb. The tradition dates back to ancient times, when people considered coming across a lamb during these days to be a lucky omen.  Christians take the lamb to be a symbol of their faith and they are certain it can never be Satan in disguise (even though he is believed to take the form of every other animal there is).

If you're celebrating Easter in Eastern Europe, you may come across the Russian butter lamb.
No Easter table is complete in Russia without the butter lamb.

With so many customs and against such a beautiful spring backdrop, not spending Easter in  Eastern Europe would be a sin.

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There IS A Way: Here’s How To Win Arguments With Your Girl

Love’s not a competition, but it’s nice to win sometimes. When the first, “honeymoon” phase of the relationship – when all is rosy and neither of you is flawed in any way – passes, dark clouds will start to appear and you will slowly start bickering occasionally. This is how to win arguments with her every time (almost).

How To Win Arguments And Cut Your Losses

It’s a little childish to expect to win every single fight, but it’s also kind of pathetic to lose them all too. If you feel you’re in the right, this is how to deal with an argument.

Choose Your Battles Wisely

First of all, some issues can be resolved without an argument. Minor things can be discussed in a very relaxed fashion and some are not even worth discussing at length. Choose what you ignite an argument about because too much arguing can take a serious toll on a relationship. Not to mention that it’s a waste of precious energy.

Keep Your Cool

Easier said than done, but making an effort to remain calm during an argument is solid advice.  There are quite a few reasons. For you, it’s much easier to follow where the argument is going or navigate it where you want it to go. It is also good for her that you remain calm because when we get hot under the collar we say things we don’t really mean.

Don’t Patronize

There are few things women hate more than to be told to “Relax”, “Don’t get so worked up” and “Take it easy now”. In actual fact, telling a woman these things is like raising a red flag in front of a bull.

“I” Before “You”

It is best that you don’t begin your sentences with “You” but with “I” instead. For example, instead of saying “You are irritating when…”, go for “I feel a little irritated when…”. Might seem like a small thing, but it goes a long way toward making you sound less accusatory and finger-pointy.

Choose Your Timing

If you have had a really bad day at work, or feel too exhausted to process any kind of info or argument, just say so. There is no perfect time for an argument, but if you are honest and say you can’t handle an argument the way you should, it should be respected by your partner. The idea, however, is to postpone for a more fitting time, not sweep the issue under the carpet, so you may want to set a time that would be ok for the conversation/argument to be had.

Don’t Aim To Hurt

Even though you’ll get tempted to use 4-letter words and major accusations and always have one up on her in the insult stakes during the argument, try and aim to resolve the problem, not hurt her. You will lose all control of the argument and become the bad guy if you say things you don’t mean.

Don’t Lose Focus

Last but not least, it’s important to stay focused on the issue at hand instead of throwing in the argument all your problems and complaints about anything and everything. When you are dealing with one single thing, you are far more probable to come up with a solution or agreement of some sort.

Well, arguments are an integral part of any relationship and should not be something to fear. In reality, they help relationships move and couples come to better understanding of each other. Now you know how to win arguments with her, there really is nothing to worry about next time you have a strong disagreement over something.

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