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The Spirit of Carnival

The onset of the carnival is clearly felt in the air Rio deJaneiro. Wherever you looked, everywhere you can see the “carnival” smile, hear the rhythm of Samba and to feel the spirit of the event itself.

The first day of the Carnival began with the unusual spectacle for me. I witnessed on the subway on the way to Copacabana about six teenagers began to Bang on his surfboard and knock on the railroad tracks. However, this does not bother others, on the contrary, passengers awaiting the train began to stomp to the rhythm of kicking, passing “carnival” smile from one to the other, suddenly everything around him began to dance Samba. At the moment I really understood what a true Brazilian spirit of the holiday.

I asked: “What is a Carnival?” But the answers were very vague. So conducted their ceremony, not Greek, not Roman atheists. Later such balls were adopted from Italian culture around the second half of the nineteenth century and has gained the highest popularity in the 30-ies. This period is called the “Golden age”.

I was told that the Parade of Samba also has its origins in the 30-ies, however, only in 1984 he came to Rio de Janeiro, where traditionally it has been held in Sambodromo. Although it is not explained me such great importance that attaches to this action. Why all Brazil freezes Continue reading

Unusual festivals in February

Ideas for travel in February are not limited to, ski and beach vacation, vivid impressions can also be charged in the cities where this month will take place unusual festivals.

Tobogganing on the shovels

On 7 and 8 February at the American ski resort of angel fire, new Mexico, will host the world championship on skating with shovels mountains. Each contestant will have only two attempts to showcase the best speed, which, by the way, here can reach 60 km/h and above. The difficulty is that the shovel is not the most convenient device for skiing. The participants should sit on it so that the handle pointed forward, and to roll need, necessarily raising the hands and feet. Riding the shovels came up with the staff at that thus come down from the mountain after the end of the shift. This method took note and tourists, and with the 70-ies of the last century, riding the shovels turned into an annual event. To participate in the competition all students from 6 years of age (children have small blades and low hills). The fastest participants will be awarded cash prizes and other gifts. In addition to race, in the days of the championship also hosts a snow sculpture competition and music concerts.

The naked men festival

Festival of Hadak Matsuri (Hadaka Matsuri) is held in the Japanese city of Okayama Continue reading

The Japanese Doll Festival

The third of March in Japan celebrates Hina Matsuri is a holiday that Russian call girls Holiday or Holiday dolls, and Japanese still Jesi-but sekku (the Celebration of the first day of the snake) or Momo-but sekku (peach blossom Festival). Actually, this holiday is not quite the 3rd of March. Traditionally it was celebrated on the 3rd day of the 3rd moon, and lunar calendar, as we know, not the same as solar. But in modern Japan lunar calendar is no longer used and favorite holiday just moved on the 3rd day of the 3rd month of the solar calendar. Hina Matsuri is one of many in Japan Matsuri, seasonal celebrations, which are closely related to the Shinto religion. Of course, initially, their value was purely practical – it was magical rites intended to ensure the well being of the community. Equally natural that in our days, to put it mildly, not all think about the deeper meaning of a holiday, and many perceive them simply as old traditions and a chance to celebrate together.

As for Hina Matsuri, in this day in ancient times was made a ritual of getting rid of diseases and misfortunes. Priests endured all sorts of trials and misfortunes on the little Continue reading

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