The Tanabata festival — one of the most romantic in Japan. It is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month — that is, 7 July in the Gregorian calendar. According to the legend, on this day only two lovers, separated on the sky the Milky way, can meet and spend time together.
The basis of the Tanabata festival is an ancient legend about a beautiful girl named Orihime, the daughter of the God of the Firmament. All day did she that wove the cloud — the heavenly clothing of his divine father. But one day she saw a young man named Kibokoni that led to about a bull. And, of course, immediately fell in love. The feeling captured Orihime so much that she forgot about his work. After the wedding, the couple neglected their case: loom stood idle, and the bull wandered aimlessly through the vast Plains of High Heaven. Found out about it, the God of the Firmament became angry and commanded that the lovers have separated, and not just so, and the Heavenly River, i.e. Milky Way. And only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers can meet. Help them to magpies: connecting your wings, they form a living bridge over which Orihime and Kibokoni can pass to each other and to spend some time together.
And that doesn’t happen every year! If the weather is rainy, the Heavenly River overflows and even magpies are not able to help spouses. Have Continue reading
For the first time in about 40 years the Catholic Church in South Korea began to teach seminarians, who will serve as priests in North Korea, a country that is often criticized U.S. and international organizations for the oppression of believers.
“We cannot say that North Korea wants us to do. But we do it with hope for the future, when the two parts of the country will unite,” he said in an interview with Monsignor Matthew Hwang In-Kook, Episcopal vicar of the diocese of Pyongyang.
Catholic priest are not allowed to be on a permanent basis in North Korea, the country, the Catholic community which before the war, 1950-53 had about 55 000 believers.
The first five seminarians, who should be the clergy of the Pyongyang diocese, started training last week. According to Mons. Hwang, a small group of new students will be recruited each year.
Their preparation will take about 10 years, but then they may not be allowed to the North.
Clerics from the South and occasionally come to the DPRK, most often, they accompany the cargo of humanitarian aid or oversee the launching of charitable projects. According to some, one South Korean priest was able to conduct mass in Pyongyang on the day of death of Pope John Paul II.
Earlier in the Pyongyang diocese, Continue reading
Yangju city in Korea attracts Russian tourists with their originality. In it’s ancient culture and history blend harmoniously into a single whole with modernity. Not by accident, intending to go to this wonderful country and making online booking of tickets to Korea. many Russian tourists choose as a place of relaxation Yangju. Despite the fact that the modern city began to be built only in the late XIV century, the territory around it were inhabited long before that and still bear witness to the history of the place.
With the religious culture of the city can be found by visiting the ruins of the burned during the suppression of Buddhism in Korea Vaasa temple, built in the XIV century. No less interesting and its modern version, which is located just half a kilometer from the ruins. You should pay attention to the building of the Confucian school Yangju the hyangga, Dating back to the mid-seventeenth century, but rebuilt after the destruction during the Korean war.
Worth a visit and the Observatory “the Song”. It attracts tourists not only astronomical Museum and the exhibition, which is always open for visitors, but also for its location. The Observatory building is situated at altitude 440 m above sea level, you can reach it by funicular. That is, this tour will allow you to see the panorama Continue reading