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Christmas Traditions

Christmas is not only the feast of Orthodoxy. Christmas – a holiday returned, resurgent. Traditions of this holiday, filled with genuine humanity and kindness, of high moral ideals, in our days open and assimilated again.

Do you know who drew the first Christmas card? And why in the Christmas bells were rung, and that candles symbolize?

Christmas wreath

Christmas wreath is of Lutheran origin.

This evergreen wreath with four candles. The first candle is lit on Sunday four weeks before Christmas as a symbol of the light that comes into the world with the birth of Christ. Every Sunday lit another candle.

On the last Sunday before Christmas, light all four candles to illuminate the place where the wreath (this may be the altar of the Church or dining table).

Bells

Bell ringing in the Yuletide has come to us from pagan winter celebrations. When the Earth was cold, it was believed that the sun died, and the evil spirit is very strong. To banish an evil spirit, it was much to quiet.

Up to now has survived the Christmas tradition of ringing the bells, sing and shout. At Christmas time in churches throughout the world hear the bell ringing. But not for casting out evil spirits. Thus people welcome the coming of Christ.

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The Most important pagan holidays Slavs

January (prosinec). The winter holidays are Slavs

1-6 – Volosova days. Otherwise referred to as the wolf days. In these days we need to pray livestock patron – God Hair and cattle. Protect the flock these days from the depredation of wolves bring their animals thanks for what they feed us from time immemorial.

3 – Day of remembrance of the legendary Princess Olga . Today a toast in honor of the great Gentile Olga. Glorified centuries in his name by his deeds worthy of memory and glory – took revenge on the citizens for the murdered husband, gave birth to the Great Prince Svyatoslav and United Russia.

6 – Turity . Holiday Yar-Tur, a bull, symbolizing fertility and life force. On this day people wear masks of bulls and play around. Youth plays in turica – fun games. This day is the end of the Christmas holidays.

8 – Indian Porridge . Day midwives-midwives. In Russia it was customary on this holiday to go to the midwives, giving them vodka, pancakes, giving gifts. It was believed if the young woman will make a gift to the midwifery grandmother, she (the girl) will be born healthy and strong child.

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The Most unusual holidays

The Time magazine presented a series of photographs titled the World ’ s Wackiest Holidays. devoted to the most unusual holidays and festivals from different corners of our planet.

Monkey Banquet ( Monkey Buffet in Lopburi province. Each year approximately 600 monkeys are invited to the dinner, which consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Monkey feast is held in honor of the God Rama, who according to the legend, along with the monkey army defeated many of his opponents.

The festival of colors in new Delhi ( The Festival of Colors ) — Indian national holiday in honor of the arrival of spring, the celebration of the expulsion of evil and the rebirth of life. It is celebrated for 2 days on a full moon. According to the legend, on this day died the evil demon Holika. On this day in each city hosts its celebration, everywhere lit bonfires, symbolizing the end of winter and the death of evil spirits. Fire burn an effigy of Holika, throw the fruits seasonal harvest — grain, coconuts, etc. in the Morning people go to the street, and the fun begins — all drench each other with colored water of the red, green, yellow, blue and black colour and throws colored powders.

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