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Russian folk holidays

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

8 the city’s major festivals this summer.

“Newspaper” has chosen the most interesting summer festivals in Moscow, where you can come in any mood — and then to improve it.

June 7-8

Fourth international historical festival “Times and epochs” in the Museum-reserve “Kolomenskoye” will be dedicated to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Guests can play pétanque, croquet, SERCO and badminton; a ride in the vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages; will see a silent movie, and book a vintage dress in a fashion Atelier and make a vintage photograph.

At the site of the “Village” will host goats, cows, sheep; in craft workshops teach those who wish to make wooden utensils, dolls, clay toys, to weave sandals and lace.

Iron the clothes coal irons, to join a working demonstration or Russian dances, at the same time after having a herring with potatoes and looking at the cockroach races at the site of the “Proletariat”. And the “military” site deployed camps European armies and the hospital, will host a series of battles, reconstructing battles of the First world war.

At the fair you can buy candies, bagels, pie. All this Continue reading

Top 10 best festivals in August

In August, all of us a kaleidoscope of festivals: music, family, sports, charitable and historical. Those which definitely cannot be missed — and more in our collection activities of the month.

Festival exhibition «Laboratory of sculpture ”

Visitors to this festival and exhibition will be able to see how a sculpture is born, — after all, the participants, honored Russian and Finnish sculptors will create their works directly into their eyes. They will work in different techniques and with different materials, including introducing everyone to the latest trends. Who, what and when to do — you can learn from the schedule. For children, the festival has created an unusual “Stone sandbox”. It is also planned to conduct a series of master classes.

When? July 2-September 27.

Where? The branch of the State Museum of urban sculpture “Workshop of M. K. Anikushin” Vyazemsky pereulok bld. 8).

Charity Festival «Anton near here ”

For a second time, all not indifferent to the problems of autism, as well as just wanting to have a great time waiting for this charity open-air festival, all proceeds from which will go to the Center “Anton near here”.

On the first day of the last month of summer guests will enjoy their performances Continue reading

24 the most unusual holiday World

We all know such holidays as new year, the eighth of March, and all those other who have or have had public holidays. We are also known for such international days, such as April fool’s day, Valentine’s day or the day of Cosmonautics, somebody else will be able to name the day of the Heart. However, the international days-holidays much more than we think. They are all established by the UN and UNESCO, and if not check in with us, then surely at some point the world is celebrated in a big way.

January

So, in January, in addition to the new year, marked another international day “thanks”. January 11, can without exaggeration be called one of the “polite” dates in a year — today is the international day of “thank you” (International Thank You Day). “Thank you” is, without which our lives would be negligible and gloomy.

While January 21 is celebrated worldwide one of the most unusual holidays — International hug day (International Hug Day). It was founded in the USA in 1986 under the name of the National day of hugs (National Hugging Day), and then rapidly spread worldwide.

February

In February, in addition to Valentine’s Day, is celebrated the world day of the sick World Continue reading

Festivals and holidays in the USA

The U.S. is not experiencing a shortage in all kinds of festive events and festivals. Almost every day there are several dozen kinds of holidays, from religious and cultural activities to sports. In the days of nationwide celebrations almost all the shops, banks and offices are closed. Many States also have their own weekends associated with local festivals or religious holidays (in some States, for example, good Friday is the incomplete working day).

Almost half of the country is in a festive euphoria and not working during the Superbowl (the final competition in American football, the end of January) or the Stanley Cup final hockey (April-may). In February or March is the famous festival of Mardi-Gras (Mardi Gras) in New Orleans, collecting a few hundred thousand participants and tourists from all over the world. In the middle of March is St. Patrick’s Day, accompanied by numerous parades and ethnic ceremonies, which was originally a folk holiday of the Irish community, in recent times it has become a national holiday that is celebrated with particular fervor in new York and Chicago. In may held a famous Derby of Kentucky (Kentucky Derby, Louisville).

Independence day (commemorates the signing of the Declaration of independence July 4, 1776) – the main national holiday of the United States. These days, almost the entire Continue reading

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