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
If You want somewhere to take off in full, then you should look for a place that will host the festival. It is difficult to think of a better way to feel the atmosphere and culture of a country than to visit traditional holiday. Sviter will help you decide! We offer you a selection of the largest and most unusual festivals in the world. A sea of emotions and memories guaranteed!
Lantern festival in Thailand
This tradition of launching lanterns into the sky came from Burma, a neighbor of the Northern provinces of Thailand, but not widespread in the Central part and in the southern provinces of the Kingdom. In the North of Thailand this festival sky lanterns called Yee Peng.
The festival of colors in India
It should be noted that Holi is not exclusively a Hindu ceremony, as believers of other religions (Sikhism, Jainism and others) have their version of the holiday. The most noisy and solemn form to the festival in Punjab, where the participation of both Hindus and Sikhs.
The Tomatina festival in Spain
The festival lasts one week and includes musical performances, food fair, parades, dancing and fireworks. The night before the tomato fight, bidding for cooking paella. The first event La Tomatina Continue reading
Austria has a huge number of old rural festivals, many of which have pagan roots. And with the amount of various festivals of classic music, Opera and theatre country there are few competitors in the world.
Prepare to welcome Christmas begin in early December with Christkindlmarkt – typical festive markets opened almost all cities and towns of the country. The biggest of them opening directly in front of the Vienna town hall, but no less famous fairs Domplatz in Salzburg and the Old town of Innsbruck. On the eve of St. Nicholas Day (6 December) festive procession in Innsbruck, and on the night of 5 December the Saint himself accompanied by Krampus (Austrian mythical character – traits that accompanies Santa Claus on Christmas and punishing naughty children) and sometimes angels passes at home with gifts for children. Meanwhile, dressed in costumes of devils (Krampuslaufen) run through the streets, portraying the evil spirits fleeing the righteous Saint.
Christmas (Weihnachten) in Austria – a quiet family holiday. Only on Christmas Eve, when finally distributed the gifts, crowds of people take to the streets with Psalms and go from house to house, symbolizing the three kings coming to Bethlehem. Left marks on the doors with chalk (usually three letters K, M and B, which denotes the names of the three Continue reading