Carnival is a holiday born in the Christian tradition, although in outward appearance he resembled Dionysus and Apollonia. In the popular imagination was strong pagan element. Low level of culture, contributed. The perception of God and all that Christianity has a man for many centuries was available only a few educated people. The main thing that has spread among the people and was perceived in a truly Christian sense is preaching about morality. Christian hope, the only thing that somehow strengthened people in the dark ages of the middle ages, and instilled the belief that all will be rewarded and will be different. But that “once” was a completely different world, and an outlet in this world was the carnival. This large folk festivals lasting several days, during which it was allowed that was not permissible in ordinary life. The world seemed to be turned over – and the jester had become king, he could give orders, poor dad and could rule the world. People dressed weird and funny, they put on face masks and were committing all sorts of outrages. In the medieval carnival mask is his own face, only to reverse himself. Masks were often similar to animals: people could not create himself, but reverse Continue reading
Festivals play an important role in cultural identity, and it’s worth noting that there is no better way to appreciate a new culture than by taking part in one of the festivals. There are numerous types of festivals in the world, some religious, and other seasonal changes. Read on to learn about interesting festivals in the world.
Harbin Ice & Snow Festival, China
January 5 — February 5,
Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province in northeast China. Every year this city hosts the festival of ice and snow. The festival was first held in 1985.
With the lapse of years, a simple festival has become an international set of activities. The main object of the festival — sculptures carved out of ice. Very beautiful in the dark, when the sculptures are illuminated with colorful lights.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February or March
One of the first thought, when you think about Brazil, of course, picturesque Rio carnival — the greatest holiday in Brazil, which attracts tenth thousands of visitors from around the world. During the festival the whole city comes to life: the dazzling costumes, Samba (Brazilian dance) and the music create a magical environment full of colors and emotions. Rio Carnival officially begins on Saturday and ends on Tuesday Continue reading