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Top 5 festivals of Russia

by on September 14, 2014
in Cultural festivals

Russia is a gorgeous and fascinating holiday destination for its unique culture and festivals. The season of festivals in Russia reveals some of the most amazing and beautiful customs and rich cultural side of the country and its people. One interesting thing about these festivals is that they originate from the Christian legacy shared by Europe and America but the way these festivals are celebrated in Russia is different. Here are top five festivals of Russia that share commonalities with Europe and America but celebrated differently:

New Year

Russian festival

Considering how New Year is celebrated by every country, you must be wondering why is it unique in case of Russia. New Year is the biggest celebration in Russia. It is the way in which it is celebrated that signifies how you will spend rest of the year. For this reason, everyone dresses up in new clothes, drink and laugh until dawn, mingle with friends and have delicious dinner. New Year celebrations in Russia include lighting of New Year tree and a visit from the Russian Santa Ded Moroz.

Christmas

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In Russia unlike west, Christmas is celebrated on 7th January. After New Year celebration, Christmas celebrations become less important for Russian people but this doesn’t mean that they don’t celebrate. Like other countries, people attend church services and visit family.

Victory Day

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This day remembers participation of Russia in World War II. This day is marked with parades around Red Square. The square is central to Moscow as well as to Russia being the largest.

Tatiana’s Day

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This day is celebrated by Russians on 25th January. Tatiana’s Day is usually called Student’s Day. It has been named after Saint Tatiana who lived in 2nd and 3rd centuries. She was murdered for her beliefs in the Orthodox religion.

Russian Winter festival

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Since Russia experiences one of the intense winters over the world, the country comes out strongly by organizing Russian winter festival. When the temperatures reach zero, it is then when the celebrations start. It begins in December and ends in January. This festival is not only celebrated in Moscow but all through Russia. 

Date wise calendar of November festivals

Date Wise Calendar of November Festivals

We are going to share with you a brief description of some important festivals of November.

November 1-10

  • On 1st November, All Saints Day is commemorated by the Christian community. This festival signifies recalling the great saints and their spiritual contributions for the humanity.
  • The 3rd of November marks the celebration of Prosperity Fest. It is a Mandaean-based religious festival celebrated in Iran and Iraq.
  • A horse racing event of great significance is rejoiced on 6th November. It is named Melbourne Cup because of the region in which it is organized.

November 11-20

  • The 11th of November is important for Australians because of an important festival; Remembrance Day. Here people gather to refresh the memories of the martyrs and soldiers of the World War-I.
  • On 12th, 13th and 15th, three religious festivals are organized by Baha’i, Hindus and Muslims respectively. Baha’i stop their work activities for some time to pay homage to their religious founder; Bahaullah. The Hindus celebrate the occasion of Diwali to honor the triumph of goodness over evil. Muslims, however, have a new Islamic year with the advent of Muharam.
  • On 16th, Tolerance Day is celebrated to honor this human virtue.

November 21-30

  • On 24th, Muslims commemorate Ashura to honor martyrs of Karbala whereas Sikhs mourn over the martyrdom of Guru Bahadur.
  • 25th November has an important day for humanitarians. White Ribbon Day is celebrated in this day to join hands against violence on women.
  • On 28th, the birthday of Guru Nanak is celebrated by Sikh community whereas Saint Andrew’s day is rejoiced on the 30th November.

Date wise calendar of festivals for August

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Let us quickly have a look on the famous festivals of the world in a date wise format.

A date wise calendar of festivals has been enlisted below:

Festivals from 1st to 15th August

  • On 1st August, Benin and Switzerland have their National Days.
  • Rakhsa Bandhan, a Hindu religious festival is on the 2nd of August.
  • Islander Children’s Day is on 4th August with Jamaica’s National day on the 5th. Also, Ambifair Festival, Brisbane is on the 5th of August.
  • On 6th, Cook Islands has its Constitution Day while Bolivia has Independence Day on the same date. Garma Festival is also commemorated on 6th August.
  • On 9th, there is Singapore’s National Day and Darwin Festival.
  • Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu religious festival is on the 10th of August.
  • On 11th and 14th, Chad and Pakistan have their National Day and Independence Day respectively.
  • Dormition of Theotokos, a Christian festival in the memory of V1irgin Mary is on 15th. Also, Townville Cultural Festival is commemorated on the same day.

Festivals from 16th to 31st August

  • On 18th August, Henley-On-Todd Regatta is rejoiced which is also considered the festival of rowers.
  • On 19th of August, Muslims will celebrate their religious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • On 25th August, Mareeba Multicultural Festival is rejoiced to pay homage to culturally diverse groups.
  • On 27th of August, Karen Wrist Tying Ceremony will be celebrated in Hobart.
  • On 31st, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Tobago have their National Day respectively.

 

Religious festivals of May; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist events

Religious Festivals of May; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist Events

In the article, few Christian and Jewish and Buddhist festivals will be described that are celebrated in the month of May.

The human beings have been celebrating several festivals since the beginning of mankind. In Middle Ages, the people celebrated the arrival of each month with zeal and zest. On the advent of May, the people used to gather at a place and danced to wish others. The festival consisted of selecting a May Queen by circling around May Pole. This festival, commonly known as May Day is commemorated on the first of May.

Rogation Sunday

On the second of May, a Christian festival named Rogation Sunday is rejoiced. This specific festival is celebrated by walking in form of a procession. The blessings are taken from the Priest for the goodness of animals and crops. On the very same date, a Jewish festival is arranged in the memory of an event. The event was related to a plague that had afflicted people in Roman period. During this period, people get engaged in lots of outdoor activities and wedding ceremonies.

Ascension Day, Pentecost and Shavuot

The May also has few other Christian festivals like Ascension Day and Pentecost. Both of these festivals, celebrated on 13th and 23rd respectively, are concerned with Christ’s resurrection. Likewise, the Jews celebrate Shavuot on 19th to 20th as a reminder of the giving of Ten Commandments.

Vesakha Puja and Trinity Sunday

The 27th of May is spent on Vesakha Puja by Buddhists to rejoice Buddha’s birthday. It is a quite colorful occasion full of flowers and fragrance. The 29th of May is celebrated on Trinity Sunday by Christians to ponder over God’s existence.

 

Date wise calendar of festivals of January

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Let us show you a date wise calendar of festivals that are celebrated in the month of January.

January is met with a warm welcome from everyone around the world. The people celebrate this month with interesting festivals and events. Many festivals are of cultural, seasonal and religious nature. Let us share some of the most important January festivals in a date wise calendar.

Events from 1 to 10 January

In the beginning of January, the people commemorate New Year Eve in various parts of the world. On 1st of January, Taste Festival is commemorated in Hobart with Feast of St. Basil on the same day. On 5th, the Sikh community rejoices the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. On 6th, 7th and 8th, Christmas is celebrated by Armenians and Orthodox Christians. On 7th, Sydney festival is organized; a huge celebration of music, dance and art.

Events from 11 to 20 January

On 13th, Schutzenfest, a German cultural festival is commemorated. On 15th, we have World Religion Day that is rejoiced in around 80 countries of the world. The Christians celebrate Epiphany, a religious festival on 20th of January.

Events from 21 to 31 January

Tet, a Vietnamese cultural festival and Chinese New Year are celebrated on 23rd of January. On 25th of January, the noteworthy events are Australia Day Live and Burns Night. Both are famous cultural events of Australia.

There are various other events and festivals that are commemorated in the month of January as well. You can join any festival that is commemorated around the region you live.

 

Fairs and Festivals- Precious Heritage of a Culture

by on January 27, 2014
in Cultural festivals

Fairs and Festivals- Precious Heritage of a CultureFairs and festivals are basically the special events usually arranged by local communities. These festivals carry cultural significance and are organized so to celebrate unique aspects of the communities or their culture. The term ‘feast’ is another relevant term that is coined to represent set of celebrations honoring God in various religions. The word fest originates from Latin festivus and festival was first recognized as noun in 1589. Although, there are numerous different types of fairs and festivals varying greatly across different cultures yet the term festival is widely used to mean religious festival than any other type. The festivals not only depict the traditions and customs of a specific culture but also serve to fulfill specific needs of the culture. Side by side people get the opportunity for entertainment and these events provide them with a sense of belongingness for social, geographical or religious groups. Read more..

Seasonal Festivals of South America

by on November 6, 2012
in American Festivals

seasonal festivals

South America is a land of rich culture and amazing festivals. Every season, the people organize interesting seasonal events here that welcome people from all over the world. Some of the famous South American festivals have been described here.

New Year Eve

New Year Eve is one of the biggest seasonal events that are rejoiced throughout the world. The thing that makes this event memorable in South America is the special indigenous style of the locals. The exciting music, fireworks and delicious cuisines that you will find here would be absolutely matchless. So, do not forget to miss out on this great festival before you plan a trip to South America.

Festival of Sun

Inti Raymi is another great event that gets lots of people each year in the land of Peru. It welcomes enormous number of people that gets to see amazing floats, dances, barbecues and bonfires. It is undoubtedly considered the second largest South American seasonal event. Not only the local and foreigners can cherish the Festival of Sun (Inti Raymi), but for indigenous masses another festival is also there.

Wine Harvest Festival

Mendoza Wine Harvest festival is a big reason to gather local farmers and other people who cherish the season’s harvest. The event is commemorated excitingly with Argentina’s best wine served here along with fireworks in the background.

There are many more fabulous events that are commemorated in South America. In a nutshell, you will be welcomed by great many festivals there whenever you get to visit South America.

Seasonal Festivals of September

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Boat Festivals

Get ready for a boat ride this September to enjoy yourself of the bounties of the season. In Italy, Historic Regatta, rowing race festival, is commemorated to welcome Cyprus King’s wife. A parade of rowers can be seen among the Grand Canal of Venice. In the same season, Australians celebrate Henley-on-Todd Regatta, another rowing festival. The competition of boats is arranged among barefoot crews. It is particularly an interesting and enjoyable event for boat-fans.

Dancing Festivals

Swaziland is going to cherish its people by a Reed Festival this September. The average of 30,000 participants makes their way through the festival. The peculiar thing about this festival is that only women take part in it while dancing with reeds. The purpose of the festival is to search for potential partner for each woman. While Swazis dance among reeds, English take part in Horn Dance. It is a festival which has its roots in an ancient rite. The horns of 7 to 11 kilograms are worn on heads while dancers show off their artistic skills.

Food Festivals                       

Chinese welcome the month of autumn with their unique festival. The people enjoy various delights to satisfy their sweet tooth. This festival is also known as Moon Cake Festival due to special treats offered by it. At the same time, Irish busy themselves with taste of oysters through Galway Oyster Festival. It is a pleasant event for lovers of sea-food who can have oysters up to their fill.

Seasonal Festivals Occurring in the Month of October

by on November 6, 2012
in Festivals in October

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Indian Festivals

Hindus celebrate the festival of Diwali with zeal and zest in the month of October. The people lit candles and lamps to spread light everywhere. The people wear new clothes and use firecrackers to celebrate this occasion. Also, sweets are distributed among the people to rejoice the festival of Diwali. It is rejoiced at a big scale all over the world. Hindus also commemorate the festival of Navaratri in October. This festival is rejoiced to pay homage to goddess Durga.

German Festivals

Another festival named Oktoberfest is commemorated in this month. The Germans celebrate this occasion among beer and food with a touch of great music. Also, the people enjoy themselves by watching great dance moves by dances. Another festival that is rejoiced in Germany at this time is Art Forum Berlin. It is considered the best art festival by the lovers of art. The artworks from 130 galleries are gathered here for public display. The Festival of Lights is also commemorated in Berlin to illuminate the buildings.

Italian Festivals

You can have good time in Italy during October by attending Alba White Truffle Festival. It is unique in the sense that it incorporates the race of donkeys. Then there is Umbria Fall Food Festival which involves foods of various sorts. The people enjoy chocolate, chestnuts and truffles to tickle their taste buds. International Accordion Festival is also commemorated here that involves workshops and concerts of accordion players.

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