Even experienced travelers will confirm that the South of India — one of the most exciting areas in all of Asia, with its unique colour, tradition and history. The center of the Dravidian culture of India black, huge temples and towers — gopura, dotted with thousands of sculptures of gods, colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, colourful tribes, world famous ashrams, mazes, lakes and backwaters, amazing cuisine and vibrant celebrations — all of South India. Our journey will take place across two States — Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the South of the Indian subcontinent…
Tamil Nadu is the cradle of ancient Dravidian culture. The land is home to the indigenous population of the Indian subcontinent, the birthplace of the great Tamil poetry and literature, and the great monuments of architecture. Tamil Nadu – the earth is literally dotted with temples and priceless examples of ancient architecture. No wonder it is called the “Land of temples” — by some estimates there are about 30,000. No coincidence that there has arisen one of the most impressive temple dance of India – Bharatanatyam and famous Indian art bronze Continue reading
Today we will go to one of the most famous and popular carnivals of the world — the Venice carnival (Carnevale di Venezia), which we visited in February of this year. To begin to tell a little about the history of the Venetian carnival.
Venetian carnival – this is an annual festival held in Venice. Carnival always ends 40 days before Easter, i.e. Fat Tuesday, the eve of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of lent. That’s why carnival held at different times! For example, in 2013, the carnival was from 26 January to 12 February, and in 2015 the dates of the carnival from 31 January to 17 February .
The Venice carnival takes place from 1162, when the Venetian Republic had won some sort of military victory, after that the people began to dance and party in the Piazza San Marco. In 1797 the king of Austria banned the carnival and wearing masks, because the Venetians loved to wear masks from August to lent.
In 1979 the Italian government again began to organize a carnival in Venice, including to attract tourists. Currently, the carnival attracts more than 3 million tourists . that is really a lot considering the fact that Venice is a small city.
Of course, the carnival takes place every day, but most of the tour on the carnival – this Saturday and Sunday. So we went to Venice for the weekend. On Saturday I was supposed to be a contest for the most beautiful Continue reading
Folklore and tradition come in a selection of photos of the strangest festivals on five continents. Selection of interesting festivals from around the world.
Competition in the highlands of Scotland. Party games, dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt, will compete in the hammer throw in the competition, which is held in Glenfinnan. Traditional Scottish games consist of competitions, dances, food and drinks to relax from everyday work.
Fire Festival Beltane, Scotland. “The Celts” with bare torsos raise the torches during the festival of Beltane Fire near Carlton hill in Edinburgh. These annual festivities are a modern revival of the ancient Celtic celebration of the arrival of summer.
Holiday naked men. Hadaka Matsuri (literally, the feast of naked men) in Okayama, Japan, is a traditional festival which has been celebrated for 1200 years. Picture was taken in winter, the temperature is about 9 degrees. Men dive into the icy water, passing the rite of purification.
Vegetarian festival, Thailand. Believers temple at Bang Neow, participate in the parade of vegetarian festival on Phuket island in Thailand, stick a weapon in itself, in protest. Chinese immigrants gave rise to this Taoist ceremony in 1825, when people who believe in God, ate vegetarian food to be saved from the epidemic.
Holiday hens in Wayne, Nebraska. Continue reading