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The Most beautiful and spooky holidays of the world

 

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.

Halloween

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 or Dia de los Muertos falls on the same to give that and Halloween, and just like Halloween it is the result of a merger of the Christian “all saints Eve” with the religious traditions of the indigenous population of Mexico. According to these traditions, Dia de los Muertos began its history as an Aztec festival in honor of the goddess Mictlantecuhtli, ruler of the underworld and lady death. Then, after the colonization of the country by Europeans, the festival has acquired elements of the Christian tradition, which, however, has not deprived of its former color, as well as the spectacular and eerie aesthetics. Probably, it is the visual brilliance of the action and made Dia de los Muertos-known and even popular outside of Mexico. Thus, in particular, went out into the world is the main symbol of the holiday – the image of Katrina (the incarnation of the goddess Mictlantecuhtli), which can now be found everywhere, both in mind fancy dress costumes, and, for example, ideas for a tattoo.

Bonfire night or guy Fawkes Night

This holiday, which in the UK is traditionally celebrated in fifth after Halloween night, is a reminder of a failed attempt of a group of Catholic radicals (led by guy Fawkes) to blow up the British Parliament during the throne speech of the Protestant king James I in the night of 5 November 1605. To create the explosion was planned with the help of the burning gunpowder barrels in the basement of the building. Today, the main symbol of the holiday is the effigy of guy Fawkes, which solemnly burnt on a huge pyre, and after the burning starts the fireworks, exploding firecrackers and firecrackers are launched. That’s why this holiday (incredibly popular, but still not official), title: bonfire Night (Bonfire Night) and a Night of fireworks (Fireworks Night). Interestingly, in recent years the holiday has become anti-Catholic and anti-government tone, in particular, it periodically burn an effigy of the Pope.

The festival of hungry ghosts

Eerie name the Festival of hungry ghosts is actually hiding a Buddhist holiday (he was, incidentally, often referred to as simply the Festival of the spirits), dedicated to the memory of dead ancestors. Every year in the 15-th day of the 7th lunar month of the souls of the dead come from the world of the dead to visit their living relatives. Those, in turn, fed the hungry ghosts, arrange for their performances and concerts: the spot intended for the deceased, indicate a red thread, and plates of food – burning lanterns. In addition to the dead “convey” with them to the afterlife stuff and money (symbolically burning it), and after dark on the water lowered floating lanterns and boats with candles: the only way the soul can find the way back to their world.

When: 4 – 5 April

Fire festival Up Helly Aa

Spectacular, picturesque and colorful fire Festival Up Helly Aa every year at the end of the Christmas season is the glory of the Vikings. On the last Tuesday of January, residents and guests of the Scottish city Lerici, young and old, dress up in costumes and with burning torches in their hands, sent in a long procession along the Central streets. The parade is accompanied by a spectacular fire show and ends with a ritual ceremony, which represents the run disguised as Vikings the marchers stylized boat on the river, where it is burned. Thus modern Scots tribute to the memory of the first Vikings to set foot on the shores of Scotland, and introduce children to the history of the country.

Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra or Festival of cows – another holiday commemorating the dead, in particular tech who had died a year earlier. Celebrated primarily in Nepal, and the main symbol of the celebration in the Hindu tradition speaks of the sacred animal, the cow (“guy” literally – “the cow”). The cow is very important for those whose relatives died s last year, and if not, replaces animal boy dressed as a cow. Because, according to mythology, it was the cow accompanies the souls of the dead to the living world once a year on the day of Gai Jatra. And in this journey of the soul will find many obstructions, such as rivers of fire and mazes, but clinging to the tail of the sacred cow, they overcome them all and safely reach thus cherished the gate, letting them in the world of the living.