Bright winter and autumn festivals in different countries
“Day of the dead” — one of the most famous holidays in the world, designed to remind the souls of those who will not return. His characters in the form of candy skulls and are specially made female figurines of skeletons, dressed in beautiful costumes, no less famous than Halloween pumpkin. Holiday in Oaxaca lasts two days, in early November, and refers to the ancient cults of the Maya and Aztecs, bringing gifts to the goddess Mictlantecuhtli, the woman in the form of a skeleton, dressed in a skirt of rattlesnakes. In addition to all kinds of ornaments and sweets in the form of skulls these days, there is a carnival, and also make special cakes — the Bread of the Dead.
East Sussex, England. The night of the fireworks,
“the night of the fireworks” — an annual holiday in England, arranged on 5 November. His hallmark — a huge amount of fireworks, creating a giant fire show. Lights are lit in memory of ancient events, received in history the name of the Gunpowder plot. In 1605 a group of Catholics tried to blow up the houses of Parliament which met there by king James I, who clearly and openly supported the Protestants. The assassination failed. One of the most famous participants of the alleged terrorist act was guy Fawkes, in his honor and was originally called the holiday celebrating the miraculous deliverance of the king from danger, “guy Fawkes Night”. Now the festival is also known as “Night of fireworks”. In addition to the night turning into day because of the many lights, in this day, you can witness the burning of a straw effigy of guy Fawkes.
Winter Solstice/ Yule
A thousand years ago, people in different countries were celebrating the Winter Solstice, celebrating the Sun God and rejoicing in his return. They knew that the days will now be longer, announcing the imminent onset of spring.
This tradition, called the Yuletide, still exists in many cultures of the world.
Thailand. Elephant show in Surin, LOI Krathong
Elephant show in Surin, Thailand, held annually in November, 1960. Attended by several hundred specially trained animals that can dance, play football and even draw.
Visitors of the festival can see the elephant race, sport and dance, to ride on the back of an elephant, buy Souvenirs. In 2012 the show will be held on 19-20 November.
India. Diwali-the festival of lights
Diwali (or Deepavali, which in Sanskrit means “bunch of fire”) – the festival of lights, is widely celebrated in India and symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. Falls on the month of Karthik (October-November) and is celebrated for five days.
In this celebration of light the streets of towns and villages are illuminated with thousands of lights and fireworks. The air is noisy explosions of rockets, firecrackers and sparklers.
Vietnam. Holiday OK Om Bok (dragon boat festival)
Festival OK Om Bok is a religious ceremony Khmer living in the province Seok-Trang in southern Vietnam. On the occasion of the celebration are some of the most colorful celebrations in Vietnam. This year the festival will be held on 10 December.
Festival OK Om Bok is held in gratitude to the lunar deity. At this time, he lifted up petitions that field has brought a rich harvest, the river provided rich catch of fish, and all the villagers have received good health. It is assumed that the lunar deity bestow the blessing of praying and gives prosperity.
The festivities are traditional boat race NGOs (carved wooden boats with rounded bow and stern).
Israel. New year of the trees
On this day it was customary to include the Temple tithe from the harvest of all the fruits. On this day, called in Israel, Tu b’shvat, usually the rainy season ends and nature reborn.
The holiday of Tu b’shvat established by the sages for the Department of crop one year from the harvest of the other. Blossoming almond tree is a symbol of the holiday (on this day, children and adults participate in a mass planting of trees).
Festive meal consists of grains and fruits grown in Israel. It — wheat, rye, olives, dates, grapes, figs, pomegranates, and others.