Holidays Japan holidays stand out among other countries of the East their specificity and originality. This is caused by the special mentality of the Japanese people, its traditions, respect your roots. Japan is a country that combines all the good that was still in her “reclusive” century, and the best that borrowed during the last century in other countries. Regarding holidays, the country is still faithful to its beliefs and traditions, many national holidays are similar to European, they surprise with their themed and delight at the same time. An example is the gion festival, held annually in July.
It is conducted on the streets of the gion district of this ancient capital Kyoto, which is located 200 miles from the modern capital Tokyo. In Kyoto it is an ancient Shinto Shrine, Yasaka Shrine. The roots of this tradition go back to the year 869, when the capital broke out in a terrible plague. To stop this, the messenger of the Emperor went to the temple, Yasaka Shrine – the temple of the God susanoo (when the temple had another name – Giosa). By order of the Emperor before a temple was established 66 halberds – as much as it was of Japan’s provinces at the time. Residents also prayed to the gods for healing. The Emperor and the people believed that halberds have magical significance and eliminate the epidemic. Continue reading
And it starts with the fact that Japan formally ends the winter. Formally, because in the cold, February 3, the country celebrated the Setsubun festival. the end of winter according to the lunar calendar. Only the inquiring mind will discover in this cold day in Japan, the signs of spring. But nevertheless on this day, according to tradition, whose roots are lost in antiquity, it is customary to buy roasted beans and throw them home, saying: “They WA Soto, fuku WA uchi!” — “Devils out, happiness in!” The same ceremonies are held in temples with great concourse of people; it is believed that whoever catches keep spilling the beans, be sure to catch it soon and good luck. According to ancient legend, 3rd February, each person must eat as many soybeans as their age. However, now children just before the February spring festival often eat are not real beans, and candy in the form of beans. considered to be worse than their “ancestors” are used to protect against every kind of evil. The second wave long-awaited but unseen until spring rolls in Japan with the blooming ume — plums, which the trees in the Tokyo area bloom by mid-February, despite the continuing cold and snow lying everywhere:
And here is the first real spring day: it’s a girls holiday Continue reading
The wedding celebration traditional. Newfangled how would she not tried to be organized and conducted, usually from biting the loaf, the smashing of glasses, the collection of money in sliders “the boy-girl” and other usual actions on this holiday can not do. However, some novelty and originality still want. Therefore, the wedding portal the wedding.ws has decided to collect and present your readers the most unusual traditions and rituals for the wedding from different parts of the planet. Perhaps something each of you can adopt for your own celebration.
The top 9 most unexpected wedding customs
In Japan the drink is considered to be newlyweds sake (rice wine). But must hold it in a special way: at nine SIPS. The most important is the first one. It was after him, the spouses can rightly be called spouses.
On the island on the other side of the Eurasian continent tells a different tradition: after pronouncing vows of fidelity new husband must put his wife on the shoulders of a plaid shawl, fastening it with pins of silver.
Incidentally, the color of the scarf should reflect traditionally accepted in the family of the spouse.