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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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Play “Crazy day or the marriage of Figaro”

Eventful play “Crazy day or the marriage of Figaro” was staged by the Tabakov theatre in honor of the 30th anniversary. The Director of the play was Konstantin Bogomolov, and the main role is played by Sergey Bezrukov. The premiere was held on 14 may in the framework of the festival of arts “cherry forest”.

Summary “the Marriage of Figaro” (Beaumarchais).

Summary “the Marriage of Figaro” (Beaumarchais) can be described as follows. The action takes place in the castle of count Almaviva, in which in one day to weave intrigue and tear, occur wedding and quarrels, offers unexpected details and happen most unforeseen events. In the center of the intrigue is the young landlord or custodian of the graph Figaro, funny and wise young man, the closest ally of the graph. However, now he fell into disgrace, and all due to the fact that they decided to get married on the maid of the Countess, the girl named Suzanne. The count decides to restore disgusting Senora right to the virginity of the bride, but the maid angrily refuses him. Figaro shocked by the meanness of his master and Suzanne promises to outwit the sensualist of the graph. She is confident that he will succeed, Continue reading

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