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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

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

Carnival in Cologne

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

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