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
It is not surprising that the world’s largest beer festival – Oktoberfest takes place in Germany. It was first held in October of 1810 Bavaria, then was celebrated the marriage of Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony.
On this occasion, had arranged a Grand festivities with beer and races, taking place at the city gates in a large meadow that since then bears the name of Terezinho. They also invited all the inhabitants of Munich, the beer was poured for free. The event is so liked Ludwig that he ordered me to hold it annually. Since then, on the third Saturday of September begins the festival of Oktoberfest. At the Theresienwiese erected a giant beer tents – affiliates of the Munich beer halls, modestly referred to as “tents”. Always 14, and is also a tradition.
Each year, the Oktoberfest attracts about a million people. They drink 10 million pints of beer, eat 750 thousand fried chicken and 800 thousand sausages. And yet – are buying up tens of thousands of glowing horns, hearts and hats with flashing lights, and not sentimental reasons. These unpretentious decoration in fact have absolutely practical purpose: after the glorious celebration of a special service by the flickering lights detects a motionless body on the dark Continue reading
31 July will be closing XXII Music festival “stars of the white nights”, held annually in St. Petersburg. The idea of the festival belongs to the artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre Valery Gergiev. The first forum was held in 1993 and was conceived as a gift to St. Petersburg from the artists of the Mariinsky. Today, the festival “stars of the white nights” is one of the most popular and Grand in conception and scale of performances and one of the ten best festivals in the world.
Each year the festival presents the best Opera and ballet performances, concerts of symphonic and chamber music. This year the festival has a capacity of about 200 performances and concerts spanning three centuries of world music, with the participation of soloists of Opera and ballet, choir and Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre, as well as guest artists, conductors, Directors, choreographers, set designers from around the world. Spectators were pleased by the stars of the first Continue reading