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|WASHINGTON Nike Huarache Shoes , March 10 (Xinhua)-- The World Bank said on Monday that it would provide up to 3 billion U.S. dollars for Ukraine in 2014 to help the country deliver much-needed economic reforms.
The World Bank said in a statement that it has received a request for support from the interim Ukrainian government and stands ready to assist the government with formulating and implementing a comprehensive program of structural reforms to address challenges.
"We are committed to supporting the people of Ukraine in these difficult times and very much hope that the situation in the country stabilizes soon," said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Ukraine's economy is facing a number of serious challenges that will require urgent action in the short term as well as sustained reform over the medium and longer term, the Washington-based institution said.
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The political crisis has cost Ukraine economically, as the country is facing a possible debt default. Ukraine needs some 35 billion dollars in aid to improve its economy, according to the country's Finance Ministry.
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MEXICO CITY, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The streets of Mexico City are packed with vendors peddling a variety of Halloween costumes which are juxtaposed with Day of the Dead decorations. To the residents of the city's southern Mixcoac neighborhood, this is something they have started to get familiar with over the past decade.
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"It is now quite common to see people including witches, pumpkins and ghosts in their Day of the Dead altars," Garcia said.
It is also now commonplace to hear children ask for candies ("trick or treat") during Day of the Dead festivities while they dress up in Halloween costumes, the director added.
While noting that the two cultures have merged to a certain extent in recent decades Nike Huarache Ultra , Garcia said she believed that the traditional festival Day of the Dead will not die out.
"Mexico's education system puts a lot of emphasis and time into teaching young people about the traditions and significance of the Day of the Dead traditions. Almost all Mexicans know that witches and pumpkins have nothing to do with Day of the Dead," Garcia told Xinhua.
Furthermore, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) "protected" the Mexican tradition in 2008 by registering Day of the Dead on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The UNESCO declaration aims to preserve the celebration from outside influences such as Halloween and mass tourism.
Garcia attributed Halloween's infiltration in the Latin American country to many factors including Mexico's proximity to the U.S. where the scary holiday is extremely popular in the film industry, online and with retailers.
For all the infusion of the two festivals Nike Huarache Premium , Day of the Dead and Halloween are quite different apart from their proximity on the calendar, according to the director.
Halloween originated in pagan and Celtic traditions from Ireland and Scotland about 2,000 years ago. The Celts believed the door to the underworld opened on Oct. 31 and the dead returned to terrorize them, hence they created a festival to protect themselves.
Mexico's Day of the Dead, originated from the indigenous cultures 2 Nike Huarache Run ,500 to 3,000 years ago, is now celebrated to remember the deceased loved ones on Nov. 1 and 2.
In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated in most households by mixing modern religious elements with indigenous traditions. On the home altar, a crucifix may be placed among painted skulls Nike Huarache , food laid out in the shape of skulls, incense and photos of dead relatives and friends.
Day of the Dead "parties" take place in cemeteries where families gather to clean and decorate graves with marigolds and candles to the tune of traditional music. They believe that happy spirits will provide protection and good luck to their families.
"There is a space in Mexico for both holidays just as long as people do not lose sight of the differences," Garcia said.
Over the recent years, Halloween has become the world's second most commercial holiday after Christmas.
Shopkeepers and stall owners in Mexico have taken advantage of the booming market for Halloween costumes and accessories.
"I have been setting up a stall around Day of the Dead every year with my family for the past eight years. In that time, we have ordered and sold more and more Halloween merchandise like witches' hats Cheap Nike Air Huarache , devil and cats' ears, vampires' teeth and zombie face paints. We still sell all the usual Day of the Dead materials but Halloween sales are definitely catching up. Parents with their children buy the most Halloween related items on our stall," Jose Perez, a street-seller in Mixcoac, told Xinhua.
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