Decoration of salads to feast
  Today it is hard to imagine any holiday table without a salad. Our Slavic nation loves salads: assorted, delicious, vodka, traditional and original! And beautiful salads – this is…

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Carnivals and festivals
All over the world are the last celebration before lent, which marks the end of winter and arrival of spring. For almost a month across Europe and America passed numerous…

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In Barranquilla began the most famous carnival in Colombia

 

From 9 to 12 February 2013-the year in Colombia, the large port city of Barranquilla (Barranquilla) will host its famous carnival, which annually welcomes over half a million people. This is one of the most colorful Latin American carnivals, second in popularity only to the carnival in Oruro (Bolivia) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Directly the carnival in Barranquilla begins on February 9, but since the middle of January preparing for the holiday, the so-called “precorneal”: almost every day on the streets and squares of the city are a number of performances, dance shows and entertainment program dedicated to the upcoming celebration.

For example, last Sunday held a children’s parade, Desfile del Carnaval de los Ninos, or as it is affectionately called – carnavalito (“Carnavalet”). And yesterday, Thursday, the 7th of February, at one of the stadiums Barranquilla solemn coronation of the carnival Queen (Reina del Carnaval). The festival starts on Saturday, 9th February, large-scale marches called “Battle of flowers” (Batalla de Flores). It is here that the carnival unfolds in all its beauty: the streets go carrozas — bizarre constructions of papier-mache and plastic, depicting different fantasy creatures or scenes from a carnival mythology. Here comes the King Momo, the son of sleep Continue reading

Fasnacht in Basel, or carnival in Switzerland

 

The end of February and beginning of March – a time of carnivals in Switzerland. The best-known – the carnival in Lucerne and Basel. Unfortunately, this year at the carnival in Lucerne, we have not got.

Carnival (or Fasnacht) in Basel lasts 3 days and takes place a little later than in other cities of Switzerland. The two main festive procession held on the first and last days of the carnival and start at 13:30. This year they were on Monday and Wednesday(March 2 and 4). One of them we saw.

The protagonists Fasnacht – carnival clique (Clique). Each clique (the company) develops the concept of self-appearance on Fasnacht, sew costumes and make masks and perform in the carnival marches a few months….

The motive for the creation of some costumes may be important for the Basel city news, political scandal in the world “stars”  etc, etc.

This big yellow guy remind you of anybody?

Rabbits-mutants with a huge pink ears and stereotyped vengeance trumpeting about the issue of genetically modified foods.

The squad “old aunts” vigorously marches on the streets of Basel.

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Holidays and festivals in Ayia NAPA

 

During the long tourist season in Ayia NAPA organizes various festivals that reflect the customs of the local population, as well as historical, agricultural and cultural traditions of the region.

We offer to your attention in chronological order the major religious and cultural events organized in Ayia NAPA.

“Green Monday”

The holiday goes back to ancient wine festival held in honor of the God Dionysus. People going out in nature, usually in the area of Cape Greco, organizing picnics vegetables, herbs, seafood and wine. The holiday symbolizes the beginning of Lent before Easter.

Easter

Part of Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church is the procession of “Epitafios” or Holy Burial, held in the evening of good Friday. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the Church glorifies the resurrection of Christ. Youth igniting huge bonfires in the courtyard of the Church, to burn the effigy of Judas, who betrayed Christ.

On Easter Sunday afternoon service held in the Church of Ayia NAPA, at 12 o’clock, on Seferis square, opposite the monastery festivals. Tourists always try to take part in the celebration. On Bright Monday, the dance group of Cyprus and Greece take Continue reading