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Korea. Holidays – the website’s Forum

Holidays love all the people on earth. Koreans can appreciate them because, despite having, at first glance, a “sufficient” number of holidays (nine public holidays), at loss of them at weekends, they are not “tolerated” on weekdays, so half the holidays just “burns”. That is why the Koreans with special awe are for every holiday and try to make it beautiful, bright and fun. Korea is a country where holidays are valued and respected.

Public holidays:

1 January – New year;

March 1 – the Day of the independence Movement of Korea;

April 5 – arbor Day in South Korea;

May 5 is children’s Day in South Korea;

 

New Year – 1 January

In different periods of the history of Korea calendar holiday dates change. So, the New year festival was celebrated in the 10th month, then in the 11th, the Day of the winter solstice, and, finally, in the 1st lunar month. Korean sources allow us to establish that the beginning of the New year celebrations in the 1st month refers to the mid-seventh century In the chronicle “the Saga Samguk” there Continue reading

Christmas traditions

Fast approaching the most magical, the most fabulous holiday. Only a few days of holiday hustle and bustle – and the chime will be notified of the entry of humanity in the year 2013! New year – a holiday is international, and every nation has its own traditions, customs, but the meaning of the holiday in all countries, one is a holiday of kindness, joy and stories.

For example, in ENGLAND it is customary to “let in” the New year. During the striking of the clock open the back door of the house, letting the old year, and with the last kick – front, letting new. The doors are adorned with sprigs of mistletoe, considered a magical tree and according to tradition, in order not to leave next year, the lovers must kiss under them. The main Christmas meal in England is Turkey with chestnuts and fried potatoes with sauce and Brussels sprouts with meat pies.

In ITALY there is a very curious and even somewhat dangerous to the passers-by the tradition to throw old things, clothes, shoes and crockery right through the Windows to enter the new year, free from superfluous and unnecessary. Italians this custom very much, and they perform it with such passion, peculiar to the southerners: Continue reading

Photos of Japanese Christmas traditions

Japanese food, osati – a symbol of the traditional new year’s table. Famous chef Fumio Kondo shows the cooking process is familiar to every Japanese holiday dishes. For him it is a matter of special importance, because every year the Condo chef puts his heart and soul into the preparation of special sets of oseti to deliver them to the table of the family of his deceased mentor of all time foodie, writer Shotaro Ikenami.

The story of oseti

It is believed that the tradition of Christmas treats osati rooted in the Heian period (794-1185), when held in the Palace festival Satie . During the Muromachi period, the population also began to cover the festive table and bring the deity of solenosti. At the same time began to be served and Zoni – soup with rice cake mochi, and other ingredients which vary widely depending on the terrain, and other products that later became traditional for the new year. Since the second half of the Edo period (1603-1868) solenosti for offerings to Shinto gods became soak and cook. Thus began the tradition treats oseti .

Traditional oseti is a set of 4 boxes of OZU . although at present more and more often only three. Each of the boxes contains a seasonal Continue reading

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