November 15 or the week that includes November 15. everywhere in Japan you can see the incredibly charming, dressed in bright kimonos kids, hurrying with moms-dads-grandparents to the nearest Church, because in these days we celebrate favorite holiday of the ancient Japanese city-Go-San. The translation of the title is incredibly simple: the city is seven, five, and San is three.
This children’s festival, whose history goes back more than 300 years, is a common birthday for all children, which this year was 3, 5 or 7 years. These odd numbers has always been considered magical in Japan, and their corresponding ages reflected important stages of growing up children.
Holiday city-Go-San accompanies many traditional rituals and traditions. One of the most ancient and important ceremonies for boys and girls from the age of three, was considered the rite kamioki — “saving the hair”. In ancient Japan, in early childhood children are shaved bald, then they grow long beautiful hair, always rightly considered the pride of the Japanese. Day kamioki boys grew their hair so that they could tie at the nape, and girls tied tufts of hair on the sides.
Also in the middle ages in aristocratic families, boys in three years for the first time wore hakama — traditional men’s clothing in the form of wide trousers with pleats. Later, this ceremony has been Continue reading
Georgian wedding traditions
Real Georgian wedding – this is a beautiful, entertaining and rich holiday with observance of all original customs of Georgian people. The first rule of Georgian wedding – is abundance of invited guests. Sometimes their number reaches several hundreds. By the way, refuse to come to the wedding – impossible. Since this is a big insult for the inviting party, and sometimes that starts with it long-term enmity of two families.
Family creation in Georgia consists of three stages: machackova — a proposal, “nishnoba” — the betrothal and “kortsili” – wedding. Although today parents frequently do not participate in the selection of the bride or groom for their children, as it was relatively recently, the role of the family in marriage remains very high. The marriage must be approved by relatives. To this step both families fit very responsibly. And try to find out more about potential relatives. And only then they give consent to marriage proposal. Well, when all formalities are observed behind; it is time for the ceremony of betrothal.
The beautiful custom the groom, with the bride’s entering their future house, climbs to the roof and unleashes a white bird. Then the newlyweds are offered a wedding glass of wine. Continue reading
Quite exciting and interesting ceremonies and customs of the peoples of Central Asia who are associated with the matchmaking, engagement and wedding. Activities such as payment of dowry, the dowry of the bride, wedding games, the exchange of clothes between new relatives and other typical ritual actions in our time are followed with rigour.
The Central Asian peoples are traditionally developed 2 models of marriage. The first model included the so-called distant marriages, i.e. when it was forbidden to marry the relatives to the seventh generation in the male line. The second model involved the marriages among cousins, which was between the children of brothers are rare in the borders of a big family.
For Kazakhs, part of the Kirghiz and Karakalpaks typical model is the first version of the wedding. The Tajiks . Uzbeks and Turkmens also observed the second model. But the fact that the majority of the peoples of Central Asia were nomadic peoples. As a result of numerous invasions and wars they have changed the essence of family and tribal relations.
A single form for different variations of the choice of marital partner among Central Asian peoples remains a dowry, i.e. when the groom’s family to get the bride, was obliged to pay the bride’s family, the Deposit mainly in the form Continue reading