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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

The Feasts of rain

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

Interesting holidays and festivals

Many countries celebrate Halloween on October 31. The night will be lit sinister pumpkin «lamps Jack», and British and American children will engage in fun fun. Dressed as witches and devils, the guys are worn with cries of schools and houses and require some sweets.

Halloween pumpkin stuck in her candle called «lamp Jack» purpose. This symbol is most often associated with the Irish legend about a man named Jack, an old farmer, who was a fan of play cards and drink. He is so brazen that had been twice deceived by the devil, and after his death it fell not in heaven because of his vicious life, nor to hell because the devil during the life of Jack vowed not to take his soul. So Jack was doomed to wander the world with a pumpkin head with a burning coal inside it.

It is worth noting that Halloween is not the only day in the year when people behave a bit strange, in many countries there are no less fun and unusual holidays and festivals.

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