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The strangest holidays

Scottish Islands, Scotland: “Up Helli-AA” fire Festival.

This festival gathers thousands of people.

Earlier in this festival, the Vikings burned thirty-two foot replica of a Viking ship.

The Night Of Ivan Kupala, Belarus, Beaver

At night, in this ancient pagan holiday that is celebrated on the seventh of July, young girls don the whitefish =) through the fire and swim naked. Rituals combined with ancient beliefs about birth.

New Delhi, India: Holi, the festival of colors

Indian girls throw colored powder at each other during the period of the celebration of the Hindi, which indicates the beginning of spring.

The festival of colors ( pick colors) in new Delhi. Indian state holiday in honor of the parish

spring. Celebration in honor of losing care ward of evil and goodness and life. It is celebrated 2 days in a row.

On this date, accordingly to ancient legend, was killed black evil Holika. On this day, in any city happen personal celebration. Everywhere light bonfires, which symbolize the end of winter and the departure of evil spirits (something reminiscent of Shrove Tuesday). The Khaliq burn in the fire, throw the seasonal gifts of Pomona

harvest. Grains, coconuts etc. Early in the morning people go out into Continue reading

The Wind in the pines. 5000 years of Korean art

“Exhibition of classical art Korea in the Hermitage long – awaited event. Long and long ago we worked with Korean colleagues on the fact that it was held and took place exactly as she appears before the audience in a solemn Nicholas hall.

The art and history of the East – an old and favorite theme of the Hermitage. However, it turned out that the cultural heritage of Korea in our collections are presented. Today and for several months this gap is filled with exceptional quality things, as originating from famous collections and high-level Museum work of the National Museum of Korea.

Without Korea our ideas about the art of the Far East is not just incomplete, they are flawed. Special stylistics of Korean culture and its specific roots are closely linked not only with the cultures of neighbors, but have clearly perceived the differences. They just feel and not just describable. In traditional Korean style the austere simplicity is combined with an air sophistication. In this sense, very characteristic of the various figures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, telling us about a special and specific shade of Buddhism. The monumental bordering on stiffness, suddenly turns into an amazing tenderness in the turn of the head, movement Continue reading

What is actually eaten in Japan

Throughout Japan, many may be surprised to discover that the Japanese do not eat sushi every day, but in Japanese cuisine, there are many typical Japanese dishes that are definitely worth a try, being in the land of the rising sun.

Ten typical Japanese dishes, far from the stereotype of sushi

Udon (wheat noodles)

Noodles “Udon” is used in soups, as an ingredient in complex dishes and as a separate dish, usually in a liquid sauce, with various spices. Most noodles made from wheat flour, but special types it is prepared from other ingredients, including beans.

Udon is usually served hot, for example, in cake soup-Udon (kake udon), which is made on the basis of Dashi stock, seasoned soy sauce and mirin and green onions sprinkled on top. Also to cake-can add Udon tempura, tofu, fried with sugar, mirin and soy sauce, or fish fingers kamaboko. To taste you can add citime-togarashi.

Soba (buckwheat noodles)

Dish with buckwheat soba noodles. Photo by N ino from Flickr

Soba — the Japanese national dish in the form of a long brown-gray noodles made from buckwheat flour, known since the mid XVI century. Most often served to the table chilled without broth, Continue reading

The strangest holidays
Scottish Islands, Scotland: "Up Helli-AA" fire Festival. This festival gathers thousands of people. Earlier in this festival, the Vikings burned thirty-two foot replica of a Viking ship. The Night Of…

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National traditions of Korean art
The history of martial arts in Korea two thousand years, beginning with the era of Three States (1-pack centuries), when the territory of the Korean Peninsula, there were three kingdoms…

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The Culture of the peoples of Central Asia
Ancient Samarkand was a major trading center of the silk Road. Merchants passed these places transporting silk from the East to the West. The Silk Road was located several hundred…

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