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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 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.

Tomatina ( Tomatina ) in the village of buñol Continue reading

Prague festival

According to the world tourism organization by 2005, the capital of the Czech Republic took sixth place in Europe by number of visits after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. The total number of tourists visiting Prague, exceeded in 2011, 3.8 million people. However, as experts note, Prague is far from exhausted the potential of its development and has the potential to attract far more guests in connection with the holding of various cultural events.

Every year the Prague magistrate highlights on the culture of hundreds of millions of crowns, but even this seemingly large sum is the subject of heated debate between its individual recipients – everyone have enough money barely, and the most offended in this sense, consider themselves to small theatres.

In total there are 84 theatre with a permanent stage, 34 cinemas, 86 public libraries, 74 Museum, 160 art galleries and numerous concert halls and music clubs.

The international music festival “Prague spring”, “Prague antonín dvořák”, “strings of autumn”, the Prague international organ festival, the Prague writers ‘ festival, the international documentary film festival on human rights “One world”, the Prague festival Continue reading

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