Contrary to popular perception about the Germans-the workaholics, ready for a year of work, breaks his back, in Germany quite a lot of public holidays marked in work calendars in red rest. Most certainly religious, but many are quite secular – from Mayday to established not so long ago, the day of unification of the country. However, the main and most beloved is undoubtedly Weinacht, Holy Evening, and Russian Christmas.
Thorough the Germans are preparing for it long and carefully, not less than one month. For four Sundays before Holy Night about the upcoming holiday recalls everyone: is celebrated the first Sunday of advent.
In many German homes on this day, lit the first of four candles on the prepared gaily decorated wreath. Closest friends sit at a festive table, to taste the pride of the hostess – Stollen is a yeast cake with fragrant spices, raisins, candied fruit and other Goodies.
December in Germany is a month of purchases. Eager, hurrying, Laden with bags crowd the morning fills the giant Department stores and small souvenir stores. Everyone knows that after the New year to start the sale, all dramatically cheaper, but spoon the road for dinner and a gift for the holiday.
Statistics say that for this month the Germans despise almost more money than the rest Continue reading
Barranquilla ( Spanish Barranquilla ), the local name of Curramba-La-Lingerie — the largest industrial and industrial center of Colombia. one of the main ports of the Caribbean, the capital of the Department of atlántico a municipality located in the Northwest of the country, 80 km East of Cartagena. Cartagena). Lying 13 km up from the mouth of the Magdalena river (Spanish Rio Madalena), which flows into the Caribbean sea. the city is a sea and river port.
Barranquilla became the first port in the country, resulting in the nickname of the “Colombian Golden gate” (Spanish La Puerta de Oro de Colombia).
With a population of 1.88 million people, the city is the 4th largest in the country (after Bogota. Medellin and Cali ). The city is reputed to be the cradle of Colombian aviation (in Barranquilla was constructed first on the South American continent airport) and colorful Colombian Carnival. It is from here that the famous Colombian coffee is exported by sea anywhere in the world. In addition to coffee, the main products of exports are cement, chemicals and textile industries.
To date, there is no exact information about the date of Foundation of Barranquilla, but the first mention of the city dates back to 1620 year, as a small trading Continue reading
Before the Catholic Easter, in mid-February, many European countries have held carnivals. With the largest scale carnival takes place in an old German city — Cologne. This folk festival is an analogue of Russian Shrovetide, carnival is accompanied by a riotous street parties and continues the pagan tradition of winter. Cologne no wonder it is considered one of the main centers of celebration of carnival in Germany, because it is a very old city, founded by the Romans.
Modern Cologne is famous for its exhibitions, fairs and traditional celebrations of the carnival, when the hidden hot temper of the citizens suddenly breaks out. In the program of the Cologne carnival always appear costumed performances and ceremonies, pageants and celebrations. To see this unforgettable show today tourists come from all over the world.
On the eve of the carnival
The inhabitants of Cologne are distinguished by their pedantry, conservatism and punctuality, but during their festivities of carnival dust literally spills out. Main carnival event takes place in the Old town – the oldest quarter of Cologne, where are famous places of interest. In the Old town is full of narrow cobbled streets which is nice to walk.
The main attraction of Cologne is considered to be the Cologne Cathedral, whose history Continue reading