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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Best Japanese festivals and events


Cherry Blossom Viewing .

From mid-March to early may, the cherry blossoms wave sweeps in Japan . towards the North, symbolizing the coming of spring with an explosion of exquisite rose petals. Bloom plunges the country into a frenzy, with TV channels informing about the distribution of flowering in Japan, and the people arranging picnics and even party under the shadow of Sakura. You can feel as if the whole country said, “Hooray, it’s finally spring!”.

In Tokyo, Ueno Park is a popular place for a picnic or a party, watching the cherry Blossoms (usually early April). If you want to enjoy the beautiful view — Maruyama Park . located behind the temple Yasaka . suitable for this is the best.

Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo .

In Tokyo, many festivals, but none of them compares to Sanja-Matsuri . Each may, the streets of Asakusa are filled with life, in anticipation of the beginning of one of the largest and most fun parades of mikoshi ( portable temples). Hundreds of thousands of observers are going to look at the majestic temple, which is on their shoulders are carrying 160 people.

In addition to the mikoshi . the festival offers a variety of food and parades, all accompanied by traditional music.


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