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Festival of dragon boat in China

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.

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Spirit day

In may, our ancient ancestors all over Europe widely and lavishly celebrated the Spring. Living on solar and lunar cycles, the ancient Russians and other Slavs, and Celts, Germans and other nationalities at this time performing rituals for the fertility of land, bringing the cattle to summer pastures and festivities celebrating the arrival of this heat. Read about Spirit day, a Day of Spring, Walpurgis night, Beltane and other ancient folk festivals may

Spring day in may, celebrated almost everywhere in Europe and Asia. It’s spirit day, the Slavs, the festival of Flora in ancient Rome, the Walpurgis night and may day the German and Scandinavian tribes, Beltain Celtic peoples, Nowruz in Iran. In the pagan calendar based on solar and lunar cycles, the may festivals were at the midpoint between the vernal equinox (20-21 March) and summer solstice (June 21) .

Spirit day (Rosalina) – the ancient Russian holiday

Main Russian and East Slavic ancient folk festivals the summer fell at the end of may (later than in Central and southern Europe) and, of course, were tied to the land and its fertility. In spirit day (Rosalina, Mermaid, Mermaids) Continue reading

Ancient Slavic holidays.

In the past people lived in unity with nature. The changing seasons affect the way of life and was the basis of the mystical (religious) rituals – holidays.

Major holidays all ancient peoples were: the arrival of winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Four of these days are the days of solstice and equinox, the astronomical beginnings of the seasons.

These days were the basic points of the calendar Year. These days preparing the program for the entire season. They served as reference points for employment in agriculture, construction and other important matters.

Currently in Russia, the two major religions – pagan and Christian. The Christian religion came later and replaced the pagan. To Christianity has taken root in Russia, new Christian holidays has imposed on pagan. So now a lot of confusion – what’s the origin of that pagan and what is Christian.

To gradually change the people’s belief in their gods and to impose a new religion, it is necessary not only to replace the ancient folk festivals on new (to change the names, titles, to replace the historical events associated with these holidays), but also add your (new) rituals of another religion. Gradually in the minds of people securing new holidays. People Continue reading

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