It is not surprising that people in the summer time, try to be in the fresh air. Summer is a fresh charge of new emotions, it is various holidays and festivals, fairs and music open airs, religious processions and colorful carnivals. We represent your attention a selection of several dozen photos from the German amusement Park, located in the former building of nuclear power plants, with the celebration of Bastille Day in France, as well as many others.
1. About two hundred thousand flowers welcomed the guests of the three-day festival of sunflowers in the Legs, Tochigi Prefecture, North of Tokyo. The girl sitting on his father’s shoulders, barely visible in the field.
2. The two-day festival in honor of the birth of the founder of Lamaism Guru Padmasambhava (VIII century) in Hemis gompa (located 45 km from Leh), a monk of the monastery in the mask performs a ceremonial dance. Hemis gompa – the greatest and the oldest monastery of Ladakh. During the festival there are various ritual dances, which are performed in masks of evil spirits and deities.
3. Rodeo in Helena Montana, cowboy Roy Johnson his performance earned 68 points, finishing in 4th place.
4. Festival of Kyrgyz folklore and folk traditions, lake Cancel (3200 m above Continue reading
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
Loud spring rain, warm summer rain. mushroom autumn rain is in itself a holiday, if all this is not only delayed in prolonged bad weather. However, in some countries the feasts of rain is celebrated according to the calendar, and despite the weather conditions. And unless the rain didn’t deserve it?
The oldest of these festivals is Aremostly. Every year in late December, they celebrated the Aztec tribes in North America. And holiday (translated into Russian his name sounds like “water release”), and ceremonial dances, and sacrifices were dedicated to the rain God Tlaloc.
Because the main food of the Aztecs was the dish of corn, the Indians asked the terrible God to be merciful and release water from heaven in the form of rain for watering plants. Given the fact that the deity took only sacrifice little children, the Aztecs without remorse drowned babies in the midst of fun and dancing. Sometimes, instead of babies Tlaloc sacrificed slaves, but such a sacrifice was considered more scarce. Yes, very much for the opportunity to taste tortillas from corn. Well, now that this supposed edge.
Much more romantic and not as severely “blessed Day of rain” is celebrated in the Kingdom of Bhutan. There’s this festival is held after the end of the monsoon in the third week of September (usually Continue reading