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Belgium

Belgium is a small Kingdom, which is only a couple of hours to cross from South to North, but such a unique and rich traditions of the country is unlikely to meet in Europe. This state combines the seemingly incompatible: here is the official headquarters of NATO and conducts some of the most massive and fiery carnivals of the world.

February – is the most cheerful and attractive tourist month of the year. From 15 to 21 the number of flies all over the country so-called carnival week, bringing with it a flurry of positive emotions. Almost the entire Kingdom in time turns into a huge festival ground. In each city, the carnival lasts for different amounts of days and has its own characteristics.

Carnivals Bensa

A small town called Bench (Binche), few can boast to tourists, except that its massive medieval wall with 27 towers and a Central square. However, every year for three days the city is transformed beyond recognition on the occasion of the Carnival Bensa, which starts 49 days before Easter. The culminating day of this festival is called “Fat Tuesday” when in cramped city streets, there is a procession called “Gilli” – national heroes dressed in colorful national costumes of flowers. Handing out oranges and beating wooden clogs funny rhythm Continue reading

France: How is organized the world famous lemon Festival in Menton

The ticket price for the Festival of lemons — 9-22 euros.

The story of the unusual fruit festival here .

And if you decide to visit the lemon Festival in Menton. consider that a good portion of vitamin charge for the whole year you provided. Indeed, in the month of February, here is the solar festival in France. the main participating sour and sweet citrus fruits. Look at the “gold” festival attracts about 200 thousand tourists every year.

Because the coastal climate allows us to grow lemons, grapefruits, tangerines and oranges all year round, residents harvested three times a year. And the harvest season from March to mid-April. And that he was dedicated to this holiday. It usually lasts a little over two weeks – from mid-February until early March.

To surprise all of curious tourists who visited the Festival of lemons, used an average of 130 tons of vitamin fruits that are imported from Spain by the end of January. In bright apparel “dress” all sorts of design and sculpture, is able to accommodate hundreds of pounds of citrus.

The process of organizing the festival is a very long and laborious. Model structures should be thoroughly planned, because it is important Continue reading

five of the most colorful carnivals of the world

“RBC Lifestyle” talks about Shrovetide carnivals in Lucerne, Rio de Janeiro and other Christian cities of the planet.

In the Christian tradition, most Catholic and Orthodox Nations week before fasting dedicated to entertainment, play with masks and disguises and eating a huge amount of “meat” (i.e., not vegetable) food: greasy pancakes, meat, cakes with butter cream and the like — depending on gastronomic traditions. Symbolically the Maslenitsa need to “work up in reserve” for the entire seven-week lent. not to be distracted by thoughts of food and other simple pleasures until Easter — no wonder the word “carnival” comes from the Latin carne, vale (“meat, farewell”). Historians believe that Shrovetide traditions in Europe older than Christianity, and in such ancient festival marked the arrival of spring and the celebration of fertility. In each country Carnival and the carnival have their own characteristics, and in some cities, the carnival becomes a real tourist event.

Lucerne, Switzerland

15-18 February

Carnival is celebrated throughout the city. The protagonists of the holiday — folk characters old Ricci (Fritschi), his wife Frissina (Fritschene) and their son Freechecking (Fritschikind). The main event of the carnival concert Guggemuusige, show Continue reading

Unusual and funny holidays in different countries

Holiday is fun, joy, good mood. All people celebrate birthdays, New year and Christmas. This is usual and understandable. But there are some wonderful, unusual and funny holidays world that are inherent to the traditions of only one country. They are very fascinating, although not always clear Slavic soul.

The British love funny holidays

“Catch the cheese”: an invigorating fun in the fresh air every last Monday in may is held in the city of Coopers hill. Participants looking for a huge wheel of cheese rolling down the slope of a high hill. The prize goes to the first person who catches the cheese.

“The bird people”: in the town of Bognor in early July, held an awesome contest. Participants in colorful feathered costumes and makeshift wings jumping from the tower into the sea. “Main bird” is the one who will last the longest in the air.

“Swimming in the swamp”: the British find it very funny and entertaining. On the last Monday of August in Wales, everyone in flippers and masks make the swim at 55 m in the swamp. And without exception, who decided on this, get prizes.

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Where to go in February

If you’re not rested and walk up in the new year and Christmas holidays, perhaps you should remember that in the last winter month around the world are stunningly beautiful carnivals 😉

Tenerife, Spain

When: from 8 to 22 February, parade Askew (Gran Coso) — 17 February.

Its scale and beauty of this festival received the title of the largest in Europe and worldwide, ranking second after the Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Carnival processions marching across the island, but the most striking sight you will see on the streets of Santa Cruz, the capital of carnival.

You will see bright and unusual costumes, which correspond to the declared theme of the carnival. You will participate in the selection of the Queen, because here the most beautiful, charming and strong girl. After all, weigh some costumes a few tens of pounds!

Around the Queen of carnival, as a peculiar character, are entire of the action. The peak of the holiday is Cavalcade (the Parade) is a majestic hours-long costume parade. It is accompanied by fireworks, the roar of firecrackers and fireworks, and dancing until morning. Takes the action Continue reading

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