What is the St. Nicholas’ Day?

The St. Nicholas’ Day on December 6th is the death anniversary  of the bishop Saint Nicholas of Myra. Many legends exist about Nicholas. He supposedly shared his entire inheritance with the poor and was a very religious man. St. Nicholas’ Day is a Christian holiday during the advent season and is also celebrated by many non-Christians with their children in Germany. On the eve before St. Nicholas’ Day, children put their boots or shoes in front of the door. They hope that St. Nicholas will come and put sweets, tangerines, nuts or chocolate, in them. A common part of the… Read More

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World Children’s Day on November 20th

The World Children’s Day by the United Nations takes place on November 20th. It was established in 1954 and is an important part in the history of children’s rights. On November 20th, 1959, the general assembly of the United Nations accepted the declaration of children’s rights. On the same day, 30 years later, they adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In it, the rights of children are described. Some of these are, for example, the right to live, to education, to leisure time and to be protected from exploitation and violence. The World Children’s Day promotes the… Read More

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Refrain from celebrating Halloween during corona

The evening before All Hallows’ Day, Halloween, from October 31st to November 1st, was especially popular in Catholic Ireland in its beginnings. Irish immigrants in the United States of America followed this tradition to remember their origin and extended it. Since the 1990s, the Halloween customs, building on the American traditions, have become popular in Europe. Youngsters and children dress up as zombies or other scary characters on the evening before All Hallows’ day and go around in groups. They knock on each door and ask, “Trick or Treat”, which is a way of asking for candy. They do this… Read More

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How Muslims mourn

With the event “Islam and Death & Mourning”, TübIs is continuing the series of Tübingen’s Islam Talks. The lecture with Hala Fouad-Sindlinger from TübIs will take place on Wednesday, October 21st, at 7:30 pm in the Café “Willi Wilhelm” in Wilhelmstraße 3/1. Along with Asli Kücük as the moderator. The lecture will deal with the question of how death and mourning are thematised in Islamic theology. Also included are examples of post-mortem rituals in Muslim everyday life. The lecture will last about 45 minutes, after which there will be sufficient time for exchange and dialogue. Registration until Tuesday, October 20th,… Read More

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Workshop on German rule of law for Arab refugees

For refugees and asylum seekers who speak Arabic, a free rule of law lesson will take place on October 22nd in Rottenburg. From 14:00 to 17:15 i at Sülchenstraße 24, Rettungszentrum, Z 2, basic knowledge of the free democratic fundamental order of the Federal Republic of Germany will be discussed. Johannes Ady, judge at the Tübingen Regional Court, will lead this course. A press report on an earlier course is available at: https://www.swp.de/suedwesten/staedte/metzingen/die-justiz-erhaelt-ein-gesicht-23585279.html The focus is on state building and the basic values that are binding for all, such as democracy, the rule of law, equality and tolerance. The course… Read More

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Women talk about their life in Germany

The Brückenhaus in Tübingen offers a workshop for women. The topic is “New country. Germany and my everyday life”. Women from different nations can talk about their life here. No specific language skills are necessary. The workshop starts on Thursday, October 8th, at 10 a.m. in the Brückenhaus, Werkstraße 8. There will be 13 meetings in total. They last one hour. Interested parties can contact Khalikova Nadira at 07071/204-1363 or send an e-mail to nodirabegim.khalikova@tuebingen.de tun092908 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 23.08.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  233 total views

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Workshop on German rule of law for Arab refugees

For refugees and asylum seekers who speak Arabic as their mother tongue, a free rule of law lesson will take place on October 22nd in Rottenburg. From 14:00 to 17:15 in Rottenburg at Sülchenstraße 24, Rettungszentrum, Z 2, basic knowledge of the free democratic basic order of the Federal Republic of Germany will be discussed. Johannes Ady, judge at the Tübingen Regional Court, will lead this course. A press report on an earlier course is available at: https://www.swp.de/suedwesten/staedte/metzingen/die-justiz-erhaelt-ein-gesicht-23585279.html The focus is on state building and the basic values that are binding for all, such as democracy, the rule of law,… Read More

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Volunteer-stories exhibition – a big hit

Over 90 interested people in the District of Tübingen came together at the District Office Tübingen on the early evening of 28th September. They all want to be present for the exhibition opening of “Experiences with refugees – volunteer-stories from the District Tübingen”. For the exhibition, volunteers wrote down their experiences with refugees. The exhibition has 18 funny and moving stories. Furthermore, tünews INTERNATIONAL published a special edition depicting an additional 14 stories. The exhibition was inaugurated by district administrator Joachim Walter and the mayor of Tübingen, Daniela Harsch. Following this, seven authors read their stories in front of the… Read More

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Opening program for the Arab Film Festival 2020

Since 2005, the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen is the oldest and most important forum for Arabic movies in the German-speaking region. In its 16th festival year (1st to 10th October) one can expect exciting movie experiences. New movies from and about the Arabic world are on the program. Therefore, the festival is an important intercultural platform. It is also one of the biggest festivals that focuses on Arabic cinema outside of the Arabic world. The opening program for the Arab Film Festival starts on 24th September. And offers a wide variety of events: movies, exhibitions, theatre, readings and much… Read More

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Intercultural Week 2020 in Tübingen

Starting on Sunday, September 27th and going through Tuesday, October 6th, Germany celebrates the Intercultural Week. This year’s motto is, “Live together, grow together”. The aim of the Intercultural Week is to provide information on the topics of migration and integration and to offer intercultural experiences for people to take part in. According to Cornelia Weber from the Diakonisches Werk Tübingen: “Encounters lead to the reduction of fear and turn strangers into valued neighbors, friends and acquaintances.” The Intercultural Week has been taking place in Tübingen for 45 years. There are already numerous events from September 24th and going to… Read More

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Volunteers share their experiences

During the Tübingen Intercultural Week, an exhibition will take place in the District Office Tübingen, in which volunteers will share their experiences with refugees. The touching, funny and personal stories are printed on posters, which are placed outside between the buildings of the Tübingen District Office in the Wilhelm-Keil-Straße 50. The exhibition will run from September 29th to November 1st and is free of charge. For the opening of the exhibition on September 28th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., registration at i.kuehle@kreis-tuebingen.de is required latest by September 24th. At the opening, volunteers will also read parts of their stories.… Read More

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Mutual empowerment for Muslim women

In September, K.I.O.S.K is hosting an empowerment group for young Muslim women who have fled to Germany. The focus is on the compatibility of family, health and work. The training is for girls and young women only. The two coaches will talk to the participants about female role models, exchange experiences and facilitate a mutual strengthening among the participants. The training will take place on two dates: On September 17th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brückenhaus neighborhood center, at Werkstraße 8 in Tübingen. Due to the corona situation, registration is required, either by e-mail to… Read More

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Why Muslims celebrate the Festival of the Sacrifice

By Rahima Abdelhafid For more than a billion Muslims worldwide, the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, “Eid al-Adha” in Arabic, begins on Friday, July 31, 2020. It is the highest festival in Islam. Due to the Islamic lunar calendar, the date of the festival changes every year. In the sun calendar it shifts backwards by usually eleven days a year. The Festival of the Sacrifice reminds Muslims of the trust Prophet Abraham had in God and the rescue of his son Ismail. God wanted to test Abraham and test how obedient he was. In a dream, he told Abraham to kill… Read More

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Lecture on multilingual children

Do children with a different mother tongue learn German better or worse? Are there disadvantages to children growing up with several languages? Professor Annick De Houwer from the University of Erfurt will talk about these questions and more in an online lecture on Tuesday, 21st July from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Volkshochschule Tübingen. De Houwer has published several textbooks and research papers on multilingualism in early childhood. The lecture is on the online platform Zoom. The participation is free of charge. Anyone wishing to attend can register online: https://www.vhs-tuebingen.de/kurse/gesellschaft/kurs/Unsere-Kinder-und-deren-Sprachen-Huerden-Beduerfnisse-und-Chancen/201-10730#inhalt tun070703 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto:… Read More

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Corona as of July 1st: Demos allowed

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. The Corona Regulation expressly respects the importance of freedom of assembly under Article 8 of the Basic Law. In principle, there are no limits to the number of participants. However, the organizers must work to ensure that the demonstrators abide by the distance rule. The authorities can also request certain hygiene measures. However, the law also authorizes the authorities to prohibit such meetings “provided that protection against infections cannot be achieved in any other way, in particular due to conditions”. This is stated in paragraph… Read More

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Corona as of July 1st: No hygiene plan required for private celebrations for up to 100 people

Starting July 1st, 2020, new regulations to combat the corona pandemic will apply in Baden-Württemberg. Starting July 1st, a hygiene plan is no longer necessary for private events with no more than 100 participants. This applies, for example, to birthday or wedding celebrations, baptisms and family celebrations. This is in the ordinance of the state government on infection protection measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus of June 23, 2020. tun062502 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 28.06.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,721 total views

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Private parties with a maximum of 99 guests

Starting Tuesday, 9th June 2020, weddings and birthday parties will be permitted to be celebrated with more guests. In one’s home, up to 20 people from different households are allowed. No restrictions apply among family members anymore. This was announced by the federal state government of Baden-Württemberg. They made two examples: If four people live together in one household, up to a maximum of 16 people that are not related may be invited to a party. If three relatives join the four hosts, only 13 not related persons are allowed to enter. In rented rooms such as a restaurant, private… Read More

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How Syrians Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Youssef Kanjou Eid al-Fitr, the Feast at the end of Ramadan, is celebrated as a religious and social ritual that lasts for three days. We prepare everything during Ramadan. This includes baking the various sweets for the celebration, buying clothes, organizing family visits and cleaning as well as decorating the houses. On the day before Eid al-Fitr, mothers work particularly hard when it comes to preparing for the next day and often it includes working through the night and into the morning. The Eid celebration begins with the children and the men going to the mosques shortly after sunrise without… Read More

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Large events remain forbidden

Large events are prohibited in Baden-Württemberg until at least August 31st, 2020. The state government listed popular festivals, large sporting events with spectators, large concerts, festivals, wine festivals (in villages, cities, streets), shooting clubs (Schützenfeste) and funfair events as examples of prohibited events. For smaller public or private events/celebrations as well as events without a celebratory character, a relaxation is not yet in sight. This is stated in the seventh ordinance of the state government amending the Corona Ordinance of 2nd May 2020. tun050304 Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Wolfgang Sannwald. Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,029 total views

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Ramadan begins: What does fasting mean in Islam?

By Oula Mahfouz This year, Ramadan begins on Friday, April 24, and continues until May 23. This date is determined by some Muslim countries and organizations through astronomical calculations, while others rely on seeing the crescent of Ramadan in the sky with the naked eye on the Thursday before. The month of Ramadan has a special meaning for Muslims and they consider it a month of closeness to God and intensify their worship, since fasting, along with Salat (prayer), Zakat (alms), Haj (pilgrimage) and Shahada (creed), is one of the five pillars of Islam. Festive rituals are performed in the… Read More

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Still no events

In Baden-Württemberg, events are still fundamentally prohibited, even after the Fifth Ordinance amending the Corona Ordinance of April 17. The restrictions apply until May 3. According to a decision by the federal and state governments, major events should not be possible until at least August 31, 2020. tun 041803 Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Wolfgang Sannwald. Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,345 total views

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Mothers in training

During a discussion evening, refugee women will report on their experiences in training in Germany. They will talk about how family and work can be reconciled and answer questions. The event is only for women and takes place in a protected setting. Interpreters and childcare staff are on site, and there is also catering. All refugee women are invited on Tuesday, March 24th to the next event. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the hall of Martin-Bonhoeffer-Hauss, Lorettoplatz 30.  1,187 total views

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