New year in Britain can hardly be called a major holiday. Entire stock of holiday energy exhausted on Christmas day and Boxing day, and only in Scotland, New year is celebrated with a traditional scope.
Usually when people talk about New year in Scotland, just mention burning a barrel of tar – a symbol of liberation from the failures and all the bad that occurred last year. However, the Scottish new year traditions more than all European countries combined. New year in Scots – holiday Hogmanay with strong pagan roots.
His main attribute is fire, so the Scots dispersed Christmas sadness and evil spirits kilometers torchlight processions, giant bonfires and indispensable fire in home fireplaces.
The most spectacular sight –the rotation of the fireballs in the pitch darkness men in kilts to the accompaniment of bagpipes rotate above their heads something like a huge burning balls. In the darkness, visible only flying by themselves fiery sphere.
And in Scotland hundreds of dedicated citizens splashing in the waters of the Fort, thousands of Scots and tourists Kaylee dancing, singing hogmanays “the Days are long past” on the poems of Robert burns, and between the singing hug and kiss each other – thousands of friends and strangers from Continue reading
You have not once in my childhood I heard about what food not to play.
However, in some cities, the food is not only not forbidden to play, but encouraged her worship, throwing, cutting and other improper actions.
Here are 10 holidays, where you can pay tribute to your favorite products and plenty of fun.
Throwing oranges, Italy
Every year, inhabitants of Ivrea in Italy is celebrated three days before lent, pelting each other with oranges. According to the legend, a medieval Prince of Ivrea was so stingy that gave its farmers only one pot of peas every six months. In protest, residents began throwing on the streets of peas. After a few years, pea has been replaced by oranges, which also abounded in southern Italy. During the implementation of a tradition of throwing of oranges, revelers caught up in the crowd of the parade throw these fruits. Quite often this also leads to a small injury, because it is best to bring your goggles and helmet.
Skating cheese on Cooper’s hill, England
Every spring in England arranged a festival in which a large wheel of cheese is rolled down a steep hill and dozens Continue reading
Solstice — time in the yearly rotation of the Earth around the Sun, when there is the shortest day or the shortest night. In year two solstice — winter and summer. In the Northern hemisphere the winter solstice occurs on 21 or 22 December and then there is the shortest day (and longest night), summer — 20 or 21 June and then there is the shortest night and the longest day). In the southern hemisphere on the dates given are, respectively, the summer and winter solstices.
In the mid-latitudes, during the year, in spring and early summer, the Sun every day rises higher above the horizon, and at the time of the summer solstice stops and changes its movement reversed. Then it rises every day and in the end, at the time of the winter solstice, again changes its movement in reverse and starts to climb.
In the times of the solstices the Sun in its apparent motion along the Ecliptic is most distant from the celestial equator, reaches its greatest declination North or South.
Due to various inequalities in the motion of the Earth, era solstice oscillate at 1—2 days. The summer solstice, when the Sun has the greatest Northern declination, it is an average of 21 June, this day is the beginning of summer. The winter solstice, when the greatest southern declination Continue reading