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Hadak Matsuri

The person, who is in Japan on the third Saturday of February, you need to be prepared to see on the streets a group of almost naked men who are going before dark one-a crowd of thousands, and at midnight their covers is insane… and many witnesses of the events involved in this action, trying to touch at least one naked body. What is a mass Striptease, slaughter nudists or perverts? No. This Hadak Matsuri is an annual Japanese festival of naked men. We present you interesting facts about this very eccentric festival.

The history of this festival spans over a thousand years, it is celebrated, starting with the 767. The Japanese believe that people annually needs to be cleansed from damage, misery and negative energy. This happens on the eve of the lunar new year in February. Moreover, the manipulation should be performed with almost naked bodies, using frost and ice water, so Japanese men strip naked and wound on itself, fundoshi white loincloth. According to them, the naked body is able to absorb more of the goodness, and consequently, to get rid of more misery. More nothing on it, and it’s in February!

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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

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