Baptism is not just one of the important Christian holidays. This is primarily a sacred Ordinance, which touches the man who decided to accept the Christian faith and ask for forgiveness from God for their sins. The secret meaning of the rite of Baptism is that a person revives for dedication to a spiritual life. Baptism is celebrated on the 19th of January in the Gregorian calendar (6th January according to the Julian calendar).
The history of the celebration of Baptism
The story of the baptism of Rus rooted in the distant 988-th year, when the great Kiev Prince Vladimir the Red Sun, his wife, children, and thousands of residents of the capital of Kievan Rus was baptized in the waters of the Dnieper, and the rite of baptism was performed by Byzantine priests and Metropolitan. This year, the state religion of Kievan Rus became Christianity. The acquisition of the new religion had its own well-defined prerequisites. Eastern Slavs were pagans and worshiped Svarog-God of the sky, Kind – God of fertility, Perun-the God of lightning and thunder, dazhdbog – the God of the sun, vélez – the God of cattle and wealth. They made sacrifices for them, set up idols, which was a wooden and stone statues of deities, praying in the sacred groves and shrines made of special religious Continue reading
Folklore and tradition come in a selection of photos of the strangest festivals on five continents.
Competition in the highlands of Scotland. Party games, dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt, will compete in the hammer throw in the competition, which is held in Glenfinnan. Traditional Scottish games consist of competitions, dances, food and drinks to relax from everyday work.
Fire Festival Beltane, 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.
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.
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 Taoist ceremony in 1825, when people who believe in God, ate vegetarian food to be saved Continue reading
During the warring States poet qu Yuan was active in educational work, has called for the unity of the country and the salvation of our beloved country, instead of destructive wars.
His ideas were severely repressed rivals, the aristocrats, from which he was expelled from his native city. In exile, qu yuan continued to work, but seeing the devastating effects of civil strife could not stand spiritually and 5 of the 5th month jumped in the water (according to other sources, was killed by the same opponents who scared the rapidly growing reputation of a poet among the locals).
Local residents are deeply respected and loved qu Yuan, rapidly swam to the boats on the river to save the poet. Men used the boats along the river, trying to find the body of the poet and the women stood on the shore, and to protect the body from eating fish and other creatures that were thrown in the water, eggs and rice wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Additions to the legend about a certain doctor . who poured the poison into the water, mixed with wine (realgar) to poison river residents and to find the body of qu Yuan. Since then, every year, in memory of the great poet and a true patriot of his homeland, this festival is celebrated.
The body of qu Yuan Continue reading