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Festivals and rituals of the peoples of the world

The peoples of the world

The history of its origin, many festivals and rituals of the peoples of the world are inextricably linked to religion, culture and spiritual heritage of this or that nationality.

Throughout the existence of mankind, these unique historical and cultural value have been born, evolved and disappeared, but the vast majority of them still managed to walk to our days almost in its original form.

The rites of the Slavs: history of origin

Speaking of cultural heritage, which managed to pass through the centuries, reaching today’s time, you should cite the example of the famous rites and traditions of the Slavic peoples.

Most of these ancient rituals and customs to their origin directly associated with paganism, that used to be part of the first human conceptions of man and the world, and later became the basis for all existing religions on the planet.

Calendar festivals and rituals among the Slavs

Communication with the holidays

Officially existed pre-Christian Pantheon of Slavic gods, approved by the Prince Volodymyr, comprised of male and female deities, with whom were associated the earliest ancient Slavic rites. Thus, among the most ancient rites should be mentioned indispensable Slavic celebration in honor of a female deity Continue reading

What is international holidays?

In all ages from the dawn of history, people would arrange their fun on various significant occasions in life. With time, some holidays have become a regular and celebrated on a specific date. The course of history has led us to the fact that people are constantly communicate with each other, and the result of the interpenetration of cultures, the number of holidays has become an accepted, even more, has gained international status, somewhere actually, but somewhere legally.

To its classification international holidays come in various types: personal, family, professional, religious. Based their feature, which increases their value in the modern world is that they bring people together, whether it be holidays, religious or secular.

As an example of international religious Christian holidays can lead to Easter, Christmas.

An example of a secular international holidays are widely known to us holidays: New year’s day, First of may, the Eighth of March (although the holiday was called “international”, but curiously only know him in the former UssR), and even less known holidays: international children’s day, world day of tourist.

What unites people in such celebrations?

Well, let’s say, in the New Year. It is the expectation of a miracle. Continue reading

Christmas in Germany

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

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