The second half of February — the traditional farewell to winter in many cultures. Our ancestors passed on to us the tradition of celebrating carnival — the pagan celebration of Christians to the last week before lent. But in this period of vibrant festivals are held not only in the Slavic countries, but in many others — it is known to all carnivals. The most popular of them, of course, the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Venice and nice. Almost all Spanish and Cypriot cities are colourful parades and fairs in many cities Old and New world also lives this tradition. From the variety, you can select some of the most interesting.
Carnival in Binche (Belgium)
Traditionally binski carnival starts 49 days before Easter. This folk festival — the largest in Europe after Venice. The main characters of this holiday — Jilly dressed in the colors of the national flag, with bells on his belt, wooden clogs and a straw humps on his back. Several thousand of these characters passing parade on the third day of the carnival. Each of them — a wax mask with the same face, symbolizing unity. During the procession Gilli which role can perform only the residents of Binche, thrown into the audience with the orange, and only a few receive the fruit of their hands — according to legend, Continue reading
The first peaceful years after the Second world war in Italy. On the site of the former ruins of new homes, businesses, and entire cities. However, felt keenly the necessity and spiritual revival of the people. In the country many are now imported from abroad – jazz, twist, Rumba, Samba, tango. But you need something of their own, traditionally Italian. And one of the stages of the return of tradition festival in San Remo .
San Remo is a small town on the Ligurian coast. He was widely known throughout the world under the name “City of flowers”, and not in vain. Florists and flowers of this city brought him deserved fame. Before the war he was also very famous as one of the best resorts on the coast of Italy. On it rested the aristocracy and high society from around the world.
It is believed that the predecessor of the festival in San Remo was the national Song Festival, held in 1948 and 1949 in the Versilia area. This contest was not conducted due to financial problems, but it attracted the interest of the administrator of the casino in San Remo Pierre Bussetti. In turn, Bussetti managed to involve in the implementation of its new project Maestro Giulio Razzi, Director of the radio network RAI. This idea, giving the opportunity to promote their national song, came in very handy.
Created the rules of the festival. Continue reading
Love the Mediterranean countries has led to a “conspiracy” of Italy, Morocco, Spain and Greece: these States expressed the need to recognize the uniqueness of the Mediterranean diet. And UNESCO gave up. Several years ago, the style of food of the inhabitants of this region of Europe was included in the world heritage list. Every year in every corner of the Mediterranean culinary festivals are held, so Greece, which is famous for one of the most healthy diets, can’t stay away from the holidays.
The mushroom festival in grevená
The picturesque town of GREVENA, which is in Northern Greece, was the perfect venue for the festival of mushrooms. Untouched forests brought him right to be called the “mushroom capital of Greece”. Every year in late summer, fans of the forest gather in the Village for a holiday. The official part includes educational seminars and trips into the woods to investigate. The rest of the visitors enjoy the pickled mushrooms and other products from mushrooms (jam, liqueur, nougat). A culinary adventure is accompanied by musicians playing rock and jazz. For those wishing Continue reading