Today we will look at the list of the most interesting and unusual holidays and festivals in the world. In this collection were very interested in holidays, which you can see below. Look!
1. Competition in the highlands of Scotland. Party games, dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt, will compete in the hammer throw, in the contest which is held in Glenfinnan. Traditional Scottish games consist of competitions, dances, food and drinks to relax from everyday work. (Jin Richardson).
2. Beltane Fire Festival, Scotland. “The Celts” with bare torsos raise the torches during the Festival of Beltane fire near Carlton hill in Edinburgh. These annual festivities are a modern revival of the ancient Celtic celebration of the arrival of summer. (Jim Richardson).
3. Holiday naked men. Hadaka Matsuri (literally, the feast of naked men) in Okayama, Japan, is a traditional festival which has been celebrated for 1200 years. Picture was taken in winter, the temperature is about 9 degrees. Men dive into the icy water, passing the rite of purification. (Paul Whitton / My Shot).
4. Vegetarian festival, Thailand. Believers temple at Bang Neow, participate in the parade of vegetarian festival on Phuket island in Thailand, stick a weapon in itself, in protest. Chinese immigrants gave rise to this Continue reading
On 21 June of the lunar calendar is marked as the Day of summer solstice. An older name for this holiday is: a Celebration of the summer solstice.
In the pagan culture of our ancestors this holiday had its own traditions and methods of celebrating. They are very interesting and unique. In the pagan calendar of the Slavs this holiday was dedicated to the sun God – the Yarila. To prepare for the morning. Girls wore their best clothes, and adorned themselves with herbs and flowers. Herbs was given the value of the amulets from the dark and evil forces. The most popular were wormwood, St. John’s wort, nettle. They were fastened at the waist.
The guys were busy with another case. They were looking suitable for the size of the tree. It could be birch, willow, chernoklena. Then set it not the place where planned holding of festivals. The girls decorated the tree with scraps of fabric and colors. Called this tree is madder or Midsummer. At the foot of the tree set the image Yarila. They served the doll, the growth in half person. Its made of straw, clay and twigs.
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In the old days this was attended by all classes. Christmas is not complete without the participation of the mummers. Play the mummers – ancient Russian buffoon fun. Mummers went into the hut and had fun as they could: fooled around, played the entire presentation. Common Yuletide ceremony and caroling was – an echo of the ancient holiday of Christmas carols. Christmas carols – Christmas special songs. Their content was traditional – the praises of the owner, wishes to his family and home well-being and prosperity. A Christmas Carol relied reward – lint. If the owner was stingy and did not give, or give little, we ventured to hear such a wish: “On New year’s aspen coffin, the grave, obajana Mare!” Favorite Yuletide entertainment – guessing. Spawned guessing people’s desire to foresee the future and even magically affect him. In the pagan time of divination were purely economic in nature – about the harvest and the livestock offspring, about their relatives ‘ health. Bring on Boxing day in the hut a sheaf of wheat or a bale of hay and teeth pulled out a straw Yes straw. Full ear presaged a good harvest, and a long blade of grass, good hay. Over the years, the interest in the fortune have kept only the youth, especially girls. Long forgotten pagan Yes magic Continue reading