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Hina-Matsuri, the festival girls (Japan)

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

National traditions in Karakalpakstan: wedding, birth of a child

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

Wedding customs in different parts of the world

Wedding is one of the most important holidays in a person’s life, and each pair during this event tries to stick to wedding traditions and the customs of his people. Best of all traditions know, older people, adults in the family, so young, doing the preparation for the celebration, ask questions to them. But also today there are books dedicated to the wedding traditions of different peoples, and abstracts distributed for free on the Internet.

For example, the Spaniards have a custom of watering the bride syrup – it symbolizes the sweet share. And before the wedding ceremony the bride and groom tied to the hand of the flower – whose flower is going to wilt first, and he will be the head of the family.

As you know, in most countries of the world before your wedding reception it is customary that the couple visited the Church – by the way, this is evidenced by the numerous books and essays on religion. Now, in England, when the bride goes to the Church ahead of her runs girl and throwing flowers on the ground. They symbolize a happy life, filled with flowers. And English brides dress is attached to a small horseshoe for good luck.

In Thailand it is customary that an elderly couple were preparing bedrooms for newlyweds. They clean the room, laid out beautifully on the shelves books, abstracts, Continue reading