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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

How it is accepted to celebrate the New year in Japan

New year in Japan is called O-segatsu . This is the most favorite and bright holiday and new year’s holidays, lasting from 28 December to 4 January, are days of rest for everyone. Stops at this time practically all of business life in the country. There were times when O-segatsu celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the late 19th century the Japanese started to celebrate this holiday according to the generally accepted Gregorian calendar.

Japan is a country rich in diverse, interesting customs and traditions. In celebration of the New year it is very noticeable. Preparing for the holiday before its occurrence. On the streets of Japanese cities are many Christmas fairs, selling everything from Souvenirs and clothing to ritual objects. For Example, Hamami. This blunt arrows with white feathers that protect the house from harm and evil forces. Or Takarabune. Are the ships with rice and other “treasures” on which are seated seven gods of fortune. Very popular talisman for good luck — Canada (translated as “bear’s paw”). It reminds made of a bamboo rake. This thing is supposed to “rake” happiness. With every purchase of the stores visitors are handed a gift in the traditional figure of the animal – symbol of the coming year.

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For Women Only

Japanese wedding traditions are a unique blend of different cultures and beliefs. In this article, we will discuss a traditional Japanese wedding.

The Japanese are trying to follow all the wedding traditions and rituals, most of which, as a rule, take their roots from ancient times, but nevertheless, observed until now. Quite a large number of people in Japan tend to play a traditional wedding, and elderly family members always insist on respect for all traditions. A rich cultural heritage supported by the General population. In no other culture you will find such traditions, as in Japan.

Japanese traditionally hold the wedding for example sintoistskoj the ceremony. In particular, one is required by the ritual exchange of gifts called the yunio, when the gifts exchanged symbolize different stages of life: growth, woman and mother, wealth and freedom. Japanese gifts for a wedding can be very unusual: and in the form of linen thread, dried cuttlefish, etc.

I think Russia is a wedding in the Japanese style impossible? And that’s wrong! I agree, it’s really not a big deal, not so much, unfortunately, companies are capable of making a complex wedding celebration from the traditional bachelorette party to the honeymoon. And even more so to arrange Continue reading

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Except water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. Daily entire population of the Earth consumes about 3 billion cups of tea. Although, in terms of per person…

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Let's Talk about tea: tea traditions of different countries
Except water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. Daily entire population of the Earth consumes about 3 billion cups of tea. Although, in terms of per person…

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