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The Carnivals of the world

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

Festivals and holidays in Montserrat

January starts with new year’s parade and stage of the International tournament of Montserrat for sport fishing (the rest is held on the first Monday in may and first Monday in September), and ends with the traditional Symposium on digital photography (24 January – 3 February).

In March (usually in the second decade of the month) begins a colorful celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (Montserrat is the only country outside Ireland where this holiday is a public holiday).

Lasting week celebrations are one of the highlights of the local calendar, attracting many visitors from abroad.

During this period, in addition to traditional costumed parades and various community events, special services are held in churches of the island, lectures, exhibitions, a kind of procession (more like a regular tour, symbolizing selfless work of Patrick Irish) for the green hills of the foothills, the Mileage of Freedom from kujo head to Salem Park, many solemn feasts and youth music festival Calypso.

In a holiday weekend at folklore village Slave village (“the Village servant”) is a Festival of local food, the Festival of kites and a variety of competitions (more than just demonstrations) the ancient folk sports. April entirely devoted to various Easter activities Continue reading

Venice began the annual carnival

In Venice began a traditional carnival period that will last more than two weeks and ends March fourth in the so-called “fat Tuesday”. So, in Italy called the day before the beginning of lent before Easter. This year the overall theme of the festival selected “Enchanted forest”.

Carnival activities started last Saturday, when the streets of the city marched sinister procession of “zombie” dancing to the sound of Michael Jackson. They were followed by Ghost hunters, magicians, acrobats and mimes. On the Grand canal hosted a regatta of decorated gondolas with musicians and singers.

By long tradition, to the carnival in Venice attracts visitors from different countries who delighted in wearing historical costumes and covered their faces with masks. Winner of the best costume in the end gets a prize.

An integral part of the culmination of the carnival is the “Flight of the angel,” going down a 100-meter bell tower in Piazza San Marco. Two weeks in Venice turns into a kind of decoration to the carnival, festive concerts and other shows which are held in theatres, restaurants and right on the streets.

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