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Holidays

New Year — a holiday that brings joy to any home in any CT the wound of the world. In calendar rituals of the Japanese, like all peoples of East Asia, this festival belonged and belongs first place. It is not only important from the winter holidays, but the most important feast in General, more relevant to people’s lives than perhaps all the other holidays combined. No accident in modern Japan for the period of new year holidays, which is called o-segatsu (first month of the year), accounts for the largest part of the holidays. Generally New year is celebrated from December 29 to January 3 and almost all state and commercial institutions are closed.

New Year — a holiday special. Holiday, when you remember all the good and try to forget all the bad things left from the past year. In late December, the Japanese are preparing for the New year: restoring order in their homes, buy presents for friends and family, sign greeting cards (nengajo), cook timed to the holiday Christmas dishes put in front of the gate or at the entrance of the house decorations from pine kadomatsu, which symbolically guard the house from all harm. Many Japanese in the Christmas holidays going to their homes, visit local temples to pray and ask yourself and your family prosperity in the coming year (Azumaya). Continue reading

Eastern New year in Korea

In Korea the New year has always been a very important holiday (Eastern New year, of course, according to the lunar calendar). It sought all day to spend at home, in the family circle. In the past years around the holidays, even petty criminals were released from prison to go home under parole. In the New year, it is rare to meet travelers, but if someone had to celebrate a holiday on the road, the innkeeper, traditionally did not take money from the traveler for meals and overnight. I can’t guarantee that if you arrive in Korea for the New year – i.e. on 12th Feb, — you will be provided with free billeting. But in any case you will not regret it.

What to do, say, in Seoul for the New year? Ideally a quick meet with some local citizen and to get invited (still homemade holiday when it is customary to pay visits). If not – go to the restaurant, so at least there’s plenty of naprobovatsya Korean new year treats. On the street you can buy roasted acorns “amp”, sticky caramel “ut”, beans “tan-UNSC” and other traditional sweets. Be sure to visit one of the many bars in Seoul-karaoke. Stranger you feel there will not be: I love the Koreans of the Soviet Estrada. This is the rare country (even more interestingly, a cap, and not the SOC), where modern Patriotic songs are very well known, and, moreover, extremely popular. I love Kobzon, Continue reading

27 amazing wedding traditions from around the world

 

Despite the desire of some Nations to isolate himself, becomes more international families. I recently conducted a marriage ceremony in Almaty for a wonderful couple, where we sexuali Kazakh, Scottish and Jewish tradition because the bride and groom respect and honor the traditions of their ancestors. Despite this geographical and cultural mix, the ceremony was extremely touching, each party feel included in the process, empathized and cordoves during the entire ceremony and since I spoke Russian and English, all understand how that happens.

If you also want to make your wedding special, I have prepared for you top 27 amazing and beautiful wedding traditions . which you can use on your own wedding. You will get acquainted with rare traditions of Guatemala, India, Mexico, not to mention such countries as Germany, France, Thailand, etc.

Don’t be afraid to borrow someone’s rites, all of them are ancient and deep symbolical meaning — saving families and the blessing of heaven, so to harm your culture and customs will not be able. Can be inspired by the idea and interpret it in their own way, after discussing with the bride beforehand (and parents).

1. Germany

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