Girls holiday in Japan has several names: Momo-but sekku (feast of the flowering peach), Jesi-but sekku (the Celebration of the first day of the snake) and Hina-Matsuri (doll Festival). Previously it was celebrated on the third day of the third month as a seasonal event. In this day and perform the ritual of getting rid of illnesses and misfortune – Hina-okuri, which was made paper dolls nagashi-Bina (“dolls, lowered for the river”), which were thrown into the river, so they took away all unhappiness.
Dolls in Japan was considered not toys, and symbolic images of gods or people that bring good to people, repel the forces of evil, disease and natural disasters, preserve peace and tranquility in the home. Paper dolls were replaced by clay and wooden, and they are no longer thrown into the river, and kept at home, placing on the shelves.
Earlier the feast was celebrated only at court and among the military class, but it soon became widespread. In the eighteenth century, the girls Festival has gained national status. It then became the custom to arrange the exhibition a richly dressed dolls, which are placed on a special stand, consisting of three, five and seven steps, covered Continue reading
Japanese cuisine is one of the most original and unique in the world. Japanese food is very simple, thermal processing is minimal, and maximum attention is paid to the preservation of the natural appearance and taste of the product. Often the preparation is as simple as cutting the product, without any processing, mixing in one dish large number of ingredients also. Another feature characteristic of the ritualism of the process of absorption of food – not only that, the menu is bound to vary depending on the time of year and the abundance of rules of conduct at the table and handling the units are usually baffled most Europeans.
The basis of Japanese cuisine – fried rice, which is absolutely not salted, but is accompanied by various sauces and condiments. It is served in a separate bowl, almost all dishes as a garnish, and is often used as an independent meal, varying the taste by using spices. The most popular dish of rice, no doubt, “sushi” (“sushi”) – rice balls-rolls with different fillings (over 200 species), and rice balls “onigiri” or rice cakes “mochi”. Not less popular rice a special kind of noodle made from buckwheat flour – “soba” (“sobo”), which serves both cold and hot, fried and boiled in broth and with vegetables. Continue reading
The Karakalpaks and other peoples of Central Asia, have their own customs and traditions. Many of them are rooted in antiquity and originated in the pagan cultures of the Saka nomads, the Pechenegs, the Oghuz. Of course, most belong to the later Islamic culture, but at the same time retain some elements of pagan cultures.
The Karakalpaks have unique customs and rules of conduct on family and community meals, which are strictly followed so far. Like most Eastern Nations, Karakalpaks eat food, according to tradition, sitting on the floor around a tablecloth or tablecloth. Solid food is eaten with the fingers, the broth is served separately in a bowl or Cup. Before the meal pour water on the hands, and then give water to drain with hands. Not supposed to shake the water off the hands after washing, because the spray can get into the food. According to the custom of the first starts are senior in age or position a family member or guest. When the house came the guest, was served with sour milk or buttermilk. The custom of drinking tea began to spread in Karakalpakstan, as well as throughout Central Asia, only by the early Continue reading