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Unusual national holidays and festivals

We all love holidays. Traditional holidays in Russia is New year, Christmas, February 23, March 8, may 9 and others. But for anybody a secret that every country has their own national holidays and festivals. And many of them are of particular interest due to its uniqueness and exclusivity.

In January, for example, in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro celebrate with an interesting name Tutsindan . (“Tuchin day” or “Fat day”).

This holiday is traditionally enjoyed children: they should not be punished, otherwise, according to legend, they will be naughty all year.

In Sweden in January to celebrate St. Knut’s Day (Tjugondag Knut).

On this day, discarded Christmas trees, and some districts are doing a Scarecrow, dressed him in rags and put near the door of a neighbor. The challenge caught the Scarecrow in “the embrace” – find prankster or throw it to another neighbor, so as not to cause people laugh the next morning.

There are traditional festivals, dressing up in medieval (and other) characters.

In Scotland there is the annual festival of Fire . when residents make a model Viking ship (with the dragon on the nose), they themselves are dressed as Vikings carry the ship to the sea, and then throw it about 1000 torches, thereby burning his huge wooden creation.

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Most unusual festivals of the world

Then torchlight procession through the ancient ritual of the burial of fallen soldiers salival wood 30-foot boat, which is specially build to the party every year…So goes kadugodi the Scottish Ophelia (Up Helly Aa Festival) in the town of Lerwick… this year an extraordinary party took place on 29 January

Over 900 beautifully dressed participants followed the entourage of 40 Vikings and their huge ship to the place where the fire will be lit

On the coast, the ship burned — 900 flaming torches were thrown on the “ancient” ship

Monkey feast is held in honor of the God Rama, who, according to legend, together with the monkey army defeated many of his opponents.

Tomatina (Tomatina) in the village of buñol — known “tomato battle”. This is one of the most popular and most visited holiday in Spain. Once a year it is visited by about 36 thousand people. On special trucks to the site of the battle brought a “weapon” — about 100 tons of ripe tomatoes. The rules here are rather ordinary can throw tomatoes at anyone, the main thing is to avoid injuries, tomatoes need a good stretch.

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10 best festivals in the world

Around the world hosts many major festivals and celebrations that attract not only the huge number of local residents, but also many tourists. It is understandable, because it’s hard to think of a better way to feel the atmosphere and culture of a country than to visit traditional holiday. Some of them are not only surprisingly large, but also extremely unusual in themselves.

Mardi Gras, USA

During the festival, there are costume balls, parties, parades and parades. The most interesting of them are considered the Bacchus parade, each platform which represents some perverse entertainment — Dating, drinking, cards or something, and the parade of the Mardi Gras Indians, on platforms which you can see is absolutely amazing costumes.

If you want to see the real Mardi Gras, the festival is better not to go into the French quarter and garden district and on Charles Avenue. However, you should bear in mind that all the good places there’s usually busy for six hours before the parade.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The carnival in Rio every year attracts more than half a million visitors from all over the world and is considered the biggest carnival in Brazil.

The carnival begins with the coronation, during which the mayor passes the reins to the King Momo, selected from all residents of Rio for weight Continue reading

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