10 most bizarre festivals
  Every year thousands of people gather to take part and look at really unusual festivals. The roots of many of these celebrations have deep roots embedded in the old…

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The world's best carnivals, which is a great way to have fun before lent by readers of the Guardian.
  1. In the first place: Mas Dominik, Roseau, Dominica. This traditional carnival takes place on the eve of Great lent and is characterized by a friendly and non-commercial atmosphere.…

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Carnival and Carnivals


Farewell to winter and the arrival of spring was celebrated and celebrated in many countries. Over time, these holidays have become to rethink and to coincide with Lent. Each country has its own flavor and its own traditions. In Russia Maslenitsa or cheese Week. Mainly in Catholic countries is the carnival.

Carnival, if translated from Latin means “goodbye to meat”, or car from val –”ship of fools”. This is a bright large processions. With the participation of clowns, with traditional theatrical interludes and treats all comers. The carnival took place in the cities of Western Europe from the 9th century. At first carnival was the second part of the holiday, then, as the first was connected with Church regulations, but subsequently, from about the 18th century began to prevail folk still fun and the Carnival was just bright folk holiday, full of flowers and foods. The main Manager in theatrical processions – the jester.

Carnivals appeared initially in Italy, then they began to be celebrated in France and then in Germany. Carnivals in different countries have their own names. For example – Mardi Gras, which means in translation of the French “Fat Tuesday”. Is celebrated before the Catholic lent in countries such as France, Czech Republic, Continue reading

Carnival in Barcelona


Carnivals are very popular in many countries of the world and Spain is no exception! The Spanish are very happy and cheerful people and they always make the holidays for any reason – in large cities and small towns, for a given area of the city and even for one street! And of course the traditional February carnival. which in Catalonia is called Carnestoltes is a great occasion to have fun and plenty to eat before a 40-day fasting. Perhaps this is why the word “carnival” is associated with the Latin word “caro” meat and “vale” farewell. By order of the dictator Franco, from 1936 to 1980 in Barcelona carnivals were banned, but now there are parades take place in different cities, and even the smallest village is sure to suit your carnival.

Carnival parades are held in all parts of the city and their main task is to recreate the traditional celebrations of Catalonia, which have their roots in the fourteenth century. Across the city at this time are many big and small events.

Traditionally, the carnival begins on “Fat Thursday” (Dijous Gras ),with the arrival in the city 7 Kings, gdk each of the kings is one of the “villages”.On this day in the city, different contests and competitions how to prepare delicious dishes, and eating, and for children organizing contests for the best costume with sweet prizes. There is a contest for baking the famous Continue reading

The oldest carnival


Carnival culture is very old. And carnivals in Italy – a great many. Every town has its own, quite unlike any other. But the Carnival in Putignano has no equal.

If you can imagine that people celebrate almost two months, even our “new year holidays” do not seem so long. Powerful, colorful, daily action action stretching from Christmas to Lent. Almost two months of endless holiday. The end of which are Funeral. The funeral of Mr. Carnival.

And the reasons for this famous carnival, the most that neither is serious. Once, in a rather distant 1394, the knights of Malta transferred the relics of St. Stephen from the small town of Monopoli in the same small town of Putignano. Even then, during the transfer to the procession was joined by the peasants with jokes, songs and dances. Not surprising – Saint Stephen is the patron Saint of the city.

Here and now: the first day of the carnival is awarding huge candles (one President – the President of the carnival, hands it to another – the President of the Committee of St. Stephen). Thus, the participants of the carnival I respect the Church and ask for forgiveness for all the atrocities that’ll do during the festivities. Such prior repentance in a future carnival of sins…

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