Japan is known for its abundance of tradition, here and new year’s holidays was not an exception. Want to know what are the traditions of New year in Japan happened in the past and have now? Then please read on.
Honored traditions of Japan’s past
New year looking forward and honored in Japan. It is a celebration of the holidays, although we can not say that it is celebrated noisily and in a big way. Such intensity not characteristic of the inhabitants of the land of the Rising Sun. Everything happens simply and modestly. The Japanese have learned and European customs of the New year – to celebrate the holiday on the night of 31 December to first of January, but they hold sacred their ancient traditions .
The main attribute of the Japanese New year is kadomatsu – “pine at the entrance”. The Japanese way to welcome the deity of the New year Toshigami. Also the Japanese be sure to pull the rope in front of the house. They believe that the evil spirit will not be able to enter their home and harm them. Keep the well-being of the house of arrows Hama, which detailed the Japanese are reserved in advance.
At 12 am start to ring the bells of the temples. Velvet sounds Continue reading
In Finland, Estonia and Latvia, and in Russia, the sauna is an ancient custom. Previously, it was a Holy place where women gave birth, and the bodies had to be washed. Folk customs and traditions . omens and superstitions associated with the sauna, there are in each country. Among other things, the sauna was the place of worship of the dead: it was believed that there is so good that even the dead would like to return. Treatment of diseases and love spells could also happen in the sauna.
As in many other cultures, in Finland, the fire was considered a gift from the gods, so the hearth and the sauna were often his altars. In Finnish language there is a word (löyly), strictly connected with the sauna. It means the warmth of the sauna and steam which is formed when poured on the hot stones with water. Originally this word meant spirit or life. In many languages related to Finnish, there is a similar word that shows: folk customs and traditions of different peoples are related. For example, the Estonian word “leil”. The same word meaning “spirit” exists in the Latvian language. Another example is the word “lil” on dialect of Ostyak, which means “soul”, pointing to an old, spiritual essence of the sauna. There still exists an old saying “in the sauna as in Church” Continue reading