From carnival to the carnival
February was this year unusually eventful: Maslenitsa, matched to the same this time with Valentine’s Day, and now and carnivals. The carnival is nothing like carnival in the Western manner, but the word itself means “farewell, meat”. As well as Russian carnival, Catholic tradition of carnival combined pagan celebrations on the occasion of the spring meeting and the preparation for lent.
In contrast to the Russian cheese of the week, also known as Shrove Tuesday, the Catholic carnival are more widespread geographically. Along with the colonization of the tradition has spread worldwide and was adapted to local customs and mores. But the main feature of the carnival favourite costume has been preserved everywhere. This tradition change and play different roles appeared in the Ancient Rome once a year, for 5 days, the owners and the slaves become equal. All gathered together for one holiday table, and to get rid of the social prejudices of everyday life, faces hid behind masks. This tradition still is a main feature of carnival in Venice . Venice carnival is not only the most famous in the world but also the oldest. Officially, the celebration of carnival was approved in the 13th century, but its heyday, carnival was reached in the 17th century. In the old days Continue reading
Though it ended on a cheerful winter holidays, spring may please fans of the rest of incendiary interesting festivals, which is complete in the first spring month.
1. “European spring” in Arkhangelsk
Why travel far? There is a great opportunity to visit an interesting festival in the North of Russia, which has already become a tradition. In 2012 it will be held in two cities – Severodvinsk and Arkhangelsk in the period from 20 March to 28 April. A huge number of interesting, unusual musical groups from around the world will display their art.
Festival “European spring” pleasant is the fact that to visit it can almost every. The price is affordable, in addition, there is an opportunity to see firsthand the most beautiful places of our country, and to rent a house in Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk or will not deliver the work.
2. “Las Fallas” (Las Fallas)
If you want something unusual, you should go to Spain, in an extraordinary land – Valencia. Previously Las Fallas was nothing more than a pagan festival, Continue reading
In Germany, the holidays are not always official holidays in all the land because of some of the sovereignty of these lands. Most holidays have a religious origin, the other historical. The country is all year round a large number of festivals or carnivals that beat preconceived ideas about the people, the Germans love to work not only on, but also to relax, since religious holidays or festivals of harvest were the only reason to have a break from the endless work, so here they are so fond of. Festivals is a great excuse to wear costumes, I note that these costumes are available for many Germans and customs of the festivals here, as nowhere else in the world live.
Carnivals in Germany
The carnival begins with the first of February, a bright beginning for which is quite an unusual phenomenon in this country –Brazilian Samba Carnival in Bremen, who would have thought that the Germans are fans of Latin dance. As I understand it one of the modern festivals, and he appeared in eighty-fifth year of the last century. Carnival traditionally begins on Friday with a costumed children’s parade, which adults continue, but the real fun happens on Saturday, when along the Central streets of Bremen drive platform with the giant puppets and decor, which in my invention is not inferior to the carts at the carnival Continue reading