Facts about India: culture, interesting customs and policies
India – one of the largest and most densely populated countries in the world. She is known as the land of spirituality, philosophy, and the many festivals and rituals among…

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The Japanese eating habits and Zen macrobiotics
BC in Japan, people engaged in hunting, fishing and gathering plants, they had no grain crops. Then there farming with a predominance of rice cultivation. Widely developed the cultivation of…

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Japan the most amazing country
Apparently, no country in the world does not cause such a surprise, as Japan. It goes back not only sun, but also modern technology, exotic cuisine, and huge cities developing…

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February 11 – what a holiday today

Velesajam day traditionally celebrates the middle of winter. At this time all nature is still asleep, and only Velez Korovin goes through villages and towns, playing the magic flute and not allowing people to be sad. This legend is reinforced by the occasion. It is also believed that Veles is the protector of cattle, but because that Pets do not freeze in severe frosts, February 11, sprinkle them with Holy water.

Milkmaids, in turn, should drink strong honey, “cows were affectionate,” and then symbolically have to beat the men with boards for spinning flax on the back, “the oxen were obedient”.

In this day and performed the rite of the distillate “cow’s death”. For it invite pouwelse that plays various scenes from everyday life that, in the opinion of the people, allows us to attract good luck, take trouble, to ensure good growth of cattle and abundance. And organized a special procession, after which the required conduct ritual fight of Veles and Marena. Mummers finish the staging, and begins the feast. By the way, on this day it is forbidden to cook beef dishes, but otherwise there are no restrictions.

Holiday February 11: world Day of the sick

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New year traditions in Japan: fair

New year – the most favorite and fun time for the Japanese, moreover, it is one of the three major holidays of the country , along with the Foundation Day of the state and the birthday of the Emperor. In earlier times, New year was celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the end of XIX century it corresponded with the New year of the Gregorian calendar and the celebration of Christmas. The Japanese are preparing for the holiday ahead of time: the whole month of December of the outgoing year is busy with holiday chores and preparations.

Markets and fairs on the eve of the New year – evidence of the holiday hustle and bustle. Since the mid eighteenth century were arranged colonies of birds (tori no ichi). Special demand used the rake (kumade) – good luck charm. Popularity since the end of the nineteenth century acquired Fair of the year (Toshi no ichi), which was a buy-sell stuff (nanaka URI) in Tokyo in the Asakusa district, near the temple of the goddess Kannon. Widely was izvestnoi fair in Tokyo in Setagaya ward (Setagaya Boro-ichi), where the residents sold the unnecessary to make the purchases for the New year.

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The Most amazing holidays of the world

Folklore and tradition come in a selection of photos of the weirdest festivals on five continents.

Competition in the highlands of Scotland

Traditional Scottish games consist of events, dances, food and drinks, allowing you to relax from everyday work.

Fire Festival Beltane, Scotland

These annual festivities are a modern revival of the ancient Celtic celebration of the coming of summer.

The naked men festival Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama, Japan

The festival is a traditional festival which has been celebrated for 1200 years. Men dive into the icy water, passing the rite of purification.

Vegetarian festival, Phuket, Thailand

Chinese immigrants gave rise to this Taoist ceremony in 1825, when people who believe in God, eating vegetarian food to escape from the epidemic.

Holiday hens, Wayne, Nebraska, USA

Each summer the town celebrates the CSD in a range of activities: dancing with the biggest chickens in the world, roosts for chickens of cement, decorated by local artists, and others.

The celebration of the body of Christ (Corpus Christi), Castrillo de Murcia, Spain

Centuries-old ritual of jumping over children is designed to protect babies from evil spirits.

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