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Dominican carnivals

The season of carnivals in the Dominican Republic.

Photos from the carnival in costumes of devils in the town of La VEGA and the capital Santo Domingo.

Dominican carnival is a colourful spectacle, full of colour and traditions, inspiring music and dancing. The use of carnival masks symbolizes the spiritual, supernatural and unknown to the world of creatures that existed before the beginning of world history.

African tribes and American Indians, like other peoples, have used masks to draw attention to themselves more spiritual, higher beings, or, conversely, to hide from him. The Indians Tainos of the island and the natives near lying Islands had their own festival before the arrival of the Spaniards. Their festival was called Areitos. Usually Areitos were held during the harvest and sowing. The Indians used tattoo, painted body, used the beads and masks during their festivals.

Conquistadors and African slaves brought with them their traditions and holidays. Africans brought their own festivals and national musical instruments, dancing and singing. They brought a bit of humor, laughing at him and his hard life. The holidays were a way for at least a little time to get rid of heavy bondage.

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Festivals and holidays in the USA

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The U.S. is not experiencing a shortage in all kinds of festive events and festivals. Almost every day there are several dozen kinds of holidays, from religious and cultural activities to sports. In the days of nationwide celebrations almost all the shops, banks and offices are closed. Many States also have their own weekends associated with local festivals or religious holidays (in some States, for example, good Friday is the incomplete working day).

Almost half of the country is in a festive euphoria and not working during the Superbowl (the final competition in American football, the end of January) or the Stanley Cup final hockey (April-may). In February or March is the famous festival of Mardi-Gras (Mardi Gras) in New Orleans, collecting a few hundred thousand participants and tourists from all over the world. In the middle of March is St. Patrick’s Day, accompanied by numerous parades and ethnic ceremonies, which was originally a folk holiday of the Irish community, in recent times it has become a national holiday that is celebrated with particular fervor in new York and Chicago. In may held a famous Derby of Kentucky (Kentucky Derby, Louisville).

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