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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

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

Alexander Rogozin

Old carnival principle States that life should be treated seriously only to the fun.

Brazilian carnivals, perhaps, the most exciting show in the world and the main event of the year for every Brazilian. No wonder they say that in Brazil live from carnival to carnival.

Carnival in Salvador

Carnival in Salvador is the best of Afro-Brazilian music, as well as performances by different groups, called societies Afoxé. One of the most famous bands – Filhos de Gandhi (Gandhi Children). Dressed in white tunics and blue turbans, members of this society form one of many groups participating in the procession.

Each group is formed around the two platforms. At the head of the group on the platform is the orchestra. Platform surrounded by dancers. The orchestra plays such fiery music that it is impossible to stand still, all around dancing, having fun, joking and laughing.

Unlike carnival in Rio de Janeiro here anyone can easily become a participant of the parade. For this he just need to buy a t-shirt, giving the right to join any group.

White carnival would recommend you to go with the sum of not more than 20$ in my pocket for incidentals. Police on special platforms sit every Continue reading

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