This month, we dive right into the spirit of the biggest festivities of the month of February – Valentine’s Day and the Carnival or ‘Fasnacht’! 

Whether you’re a sceptic or not, Valentine’s Day is definitely one day that you cannot ignore. And regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not, we have ideas from our own Valentine’s Day celebrations – there’s an idea for everyone in nearly every stage of life. We would love to hear your opinions as well! 

February is also a time when it rains confetti in Switzerland! ‘Fasnacht’ is a popular celebration that you cannot miss, so we take you through a little background about ‘Fasnacht’, its origins and what you can expect from the celebrations around the country in 2020. 

Chetana Parameswar shares a lip-smacking recipe of the ‘Fasnachtschüechli’ –  the king of ‘Fasnacht’ snacks – along with images that make your mouth water for more. Her recipe is vegan this time. 

Vantika Singh, spent her winter holidays (2019) in Southern Spain exploring Malaga, Mijas and Granada. Here’s her perfect list of what to do when in Andalusia. Perhaps an option for your Sports or Spring holidays?  

Taking the readers into the magical realm of music, Sowgandhika Krishnan presents an interesting review on the spellbinding opera presented at Opernhaus Zurich: ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a libretto (text used in an opera) by Emanuel Schikaneder.

Our insurance columnist, Ritesh Sood explains why it is important to be aware of the Swiss pension system. He gives us an overview of the country’s 3-pillar pension system, proper planning and a careful selection of insurance solutions.

In her eighth video of a series of yoga for beginners, Nupur Biswas shows us a popular, easy and effective posture called ‘Veerbhadrasana-1’, or the ‘Warrior Pose’.

And, last but not the least, Dipti Abhilasha sends out a heart-warming tribute to her Guru, Padmashree awardee Dr Minati Mishra, who passed away early this year in January, leaving behind a void in the Odissi cultural heritage.

Read on to find out more…

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