Of course, each nation has its own traditions, customs and festivals, many of them very original, and at first incomprehensible. In General, we all have our own standards of behavior, belief and a way of expressing emotions. Ceremonial events often become a kind of ritual, which is sometimes very interesting to watch, but sometimes that is perceived as savage. I propose to draw attention to unusual holidays and festivals of different countries. Will visit America, Asia and Europe.
Festival El Colacho
This distinctive festival is held every year in the Spanish town of Castillo de Murcia in June. The goal is to jump over small children.
People collect all newborns and lie on the pillows. Then comes Colaco − disguised as a man, symbolizing the devil running. He runs up and starts to jump over children. This rite symbolizes the cleansing from disease and fears. Quite unusual, although somewhat resembles pagan traditions, some dates Slavs had celebrated by jumping over the fire.
This annual celebration takes place on Christmas in the Peruvian Andes. He concludes that fairly drunk parties converge in the circle of spectators and begin Continue reading
Perhaps the most famous and oldest carnival in the world. Every year Venice is clothed in the costumes of velvet, brocade and silk and tries on different masks. The carnival opens oldest Venetian festival — Festa delle Marie — the celebration in honor of the release of local girls from pirate captivity. The program of the carnival: the submission of the Commedia Dell’arte, a procession of hundreds of Harlequin, Pierrot, Columbine and other famous characters, as well as a Celebration confetti. Many rush to the carnival to take part in one of the balls masquerade, held in ancient buildings and palaces. «Bal Casanova”, masquerade on the water and, finally, the most important performance — «Golden night” — transfer of participants from the twenty-first century, several centuries ago.
Held in mid-February
In the streets the Indians and tourists, dressed up with a colorful carnival of clothing, every evening for three days on the streets of cities and villages of Goa all singing, dancing and having fun. Angels, devils, nymphs, blue and green men and other fantasy creatures fill the beaches. Everywhere going Continue reading
Deeply embedded in modern culture Halloween, fascinating and mystical Mexican Day of the dead, a truly creepy Madagascan day turning bones and other scary beautiful festivals of the world from which you cannot look away, even when the blood begins to state in my veins.
Extremely popular in the U.S. and Europe, Halloween is today, perhaps the most extensive collection of freaks in the world. Began its modern history as the Eve of all saints day, this Christian holiday dedicated to honoring saints and deceased relatives, soon turned into a real festival of evil, a costumed procession, which is attended by everyone from young to old. In some sense it is even symbolic, given that the origins of the holiday go back even further, into the depths of the centuries and the traditions of the ancient Celts, who have this day marked the end of harvest and the transition to winter period, i.e. New year. The Celts called this the night of Samhain or Samharam. At this time they were extinguished in their houses the fire used to wear animal skins to ward off evil spirits and left treats to appease them. Symbol of the holiday was the pumpkin with the sacred fire within.
When: October 31
Day of the dead
Mexican Day of the dead Continue reading