“Kanaval”, “Mardi Gras”, “Carnevale”, “Fat-Tuesday”, “Carnival” — different countries, different names… And yet, wherever there’s been this wonderful holiday, it always means one thing — a giant street party. This year’s carnival celebrations reach a climax on March 4, and the streets of many cities in the world filled with colors, music and fun.
The carnival in Rio de Janeiro — perhaps the most famous festival in the world. His marches and enthusiastic citizens — carnival event of international significance that marks the eve of lent, — 40-day period of abstinence for Catholics. In short, carnival — it is a chance to eat, to feast and to natalitsa before the days of self-denial, which occur on ash Wednesday (day of repentance).
European recognised by the Catholic Church as a pagan holiday which has conquered the whole world. It became popular in the most unexpected corners of the planet, for example, in Goa — predominantly Hindu resort India, where the carnival was introduced by the Portuguese.
Without a doubt, the North American carnival capital — New Orleans. Here day breaks before lent sounds in French — “Mardi Gras” (same as “Fat – Tuesday” or Fat Tuesday). Continue reading
Fiery performances and orange battle, impressive festive costumes and mesmerizing events. February in southern Europe – month colorful carnivals, extending from Italy to the Canary Islands.
Italy. Orange battle“
Every year in February in the Italian city of Ivrea, located in the Piedmont region, is the traditional carnival. The main highlight of the carnival is held not far from Turin, is the orange battle. During the festival, local youth, dressed in knight costumes, oncidiums hundreds of tons of oranges. This tradition appeared in the XIX century. Fruit battle symbolizes the rebellion against the lords of the tyrants who ruled the Italian cities in the middle ages. Orange battle this year will be the opportunity to observe 14-16 February. Every year grows the number of those who wish to participate.
France: the carnival of flowers and music
French festival of colors is celebrated even 14 days (February 12-28 ). This year’s theme, King of the Blue Planet, dedicated to the protection of the environment. At the festival you can see hundreds of thousands of gladioli, carnations and Mimosa. This French carnival is very modern, not devoid of humor, funny masks, performances of various artists and clowns, concerts. The main entertainment is to buy colored Continue reading
June 21-22 is the pinnacle of the year, marks the turning of the Sun in winter and is called the feast of Kupala. This rotation of the Sun, which divides the year into two halves, anciently accompanied by a special festival.
The history of Kupala, rooted in the depth of millennia. The Union of fire, water, earth, and sky — the so-called summer solstice.The main mystery of Midsummer celebrations begin the night of 21 to 22 June. Afternoon assemble and weave wreaths, and at night make offerings to fire and water, earth and sky, dance around the campfire and sing songs. Jumping over the fire and dancing on coals is a fiery cleansing. The water in this period is filled with the miraculous power to heal, protect, attract, bring health, beauty and peace.
Astronomically July 2, the Earth passes perihelion. Perihelion — the farthest point from the Sun Earth’s orbit. At noon height of the Sun above the horizon for most. The sun for a short time becomes in a special position, symbolizing unity with God. In three days — from 5 to 7 July — all the waters of the Earth are charged with special, magical powers. The sun like the face of God sends his divine grace through the element of Water. A person can receive spiritual revelation given directly by God.
The tradition Continue reading