Pagan holidays in July
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Pagan holidays in July
Deliver me from the predatory hands and from foreign peoples power. Their speech is full of vanity, scourge. Hand them leads us bow! — these words still Lomonosov, more relevant…

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Ten unusual holidays of the world


A journey through the world — class, definitely interesting. However, sleepy lying on the warm sand at the sea not interesting for everyone. For people who prefer vivid impressions, offers this collection of unusual festivals of the world.

The winter festival of lights

If you happen to visit the Japanese city of Kuwana, be sure to visit the local Botanical garden. In mid-November when the leaves fall, the garden is decorated with numerous (over seven million) bulbs emerging in the patterns of striking beauty. Lasts this extravaganza until mid-March.

When held . November-March

Venice carnival

The Venice carnival is the oldest in Europe. In 2015 to celebrate it will be from 15 February to 4 March. Circus companies and artists-fans consider it an honor to perform at the Carnival (spelled with a capital letter). There is an atmosphere of lightheartedness and fun. However not all so is simple: actually, this mystical celebration, full of symbolism and interesting excursions into the pagan past.

Where . Venice, Italy

When will . always before the 40-day lent before Easter (2015, February 15-March 4)

International balloon festival in the US

Balloon festival in Albuquerque, United States, held since 1972, and this sight is extraordinarily beautiful and majestic. The number of balloons amounts to many hundreds. Even skeptics the only cause for complaint is called a pain in the neck — it’s impossible not to look up in the sky! Balls can not only admire, but also to ride them, and learn a lot of interesting and even make useful contacts, because it is an expensive hobby.

Where . Albuquerque, new Mexico, USA

When held . early-mid October

The Burning Man festival, USA

On the last Monday of August in Nevada begins one of the strangest festivals in the world, lasting eight days. He has no clear criteria or boundary is a celebration of self-expression. You can see all up to the robots, and this is no exaggeration. Unseen mechanisms, avant-garde sculptures, fireworks, dancing, music geeks from around the world consider a holiday one of the most important events of the year.

The lantern festival, China

The holiday is tied to the lunar calendar and is the end of the Spring festival or Chinese New year (read here more about it). In 2015 it will be held on March 5. On this day all eat special treats according to ancient recipes and watch folk performances. The culmination was launching into the sky paper lanterns with a candle inside. The sky is filled with billions of paper lanterns, and this show fills the soul with delight.

Where . throughout China

When held . in the Chinese New year (in 2015 March 5)

Snow festival in Sapporo, Japan

The festival is held since 1950, but the world fame came in 1972. Today it is the most famous Snow festival in the world, annually attracting more than two million tourists. It takes place in early February and lasts for exactly one week. The number of sculptures a lot more than six hundred, and many of them extremely monumental and tens of meters in length and height.

Where . the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

When held . in early February

The White Nights Festival In St. Petersburg

The famous international festival, held in St. Petersburg. In 2015 it will be held from 4 to 13 may. The level of players is very high, so that music lovers will not remain indifferent. Besides music, the festival is given unusually beautiful pageant with fireworks, water and light shows and a ship with scarlet sails. Incredibly beautiful and romantic sight, no wonder the apartments for rent in St. Petersburg wishing to attend the event booked in the winter.

Where . Saint-Petersburg, Russia

When held . in early July

Electric Forest Festival

This is one of the most famous festivals of electronic music in the world. Held in Michigan, USA, in the woods, at the end of June and lasts for four days. It is accompanied by a stunning level laser show and light show. The result is a giant disco between the trees. For the lover of the electronic music event of the year.

Where . woods a three-hour drive from Detroit, Michigan, USA

When held . at the end of June

International sand sculpture festival, Portugal

The world’s largest exhibition of sand sculptures held annually in the Portuguese province of Algarve. It just so happened that the vast majority of the work is not just very interesting, but also monumental. Some of the sculptures reach 12 meters in height.

Day of the dead

It’s not so bad as it might seem at first glance. Day of the dead is an unusual holiday is celebrated in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico on 1 and 2 November. The holiday is rooted in the religion of the Mayans and the Aztecs and simultaneously intertwined with the Catholic religion. An incredibly bright event — carnivals are combined with visits to cemeteries, treats made in the form of coffins, bones and skeletons, all steeped in mysticism. You can guarantee — you will not be able to forget these days.