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
Recently I heard of a Japanese saying. “The one with the terrace beside the water, the moon before others see.” What it’s about. About the amazing love of man to nature. Japanese myths tell that when the gods Izanami and Izanagi over the rainbow descended from the heavens to separate the earth from the abyss, struck Izanagi the powerful spear on abyss and then with his spear rolled the string drops. These drops formed a curved chain of Islands. Yamato is the ancient name of Japan, means “way of the mountains”. The name “Yamato” suggests that the creation of Japan is not yet complete. “The land of the rising sun” called her neighbors.
Japanese love to the lovely is rooted in their love of nature. Japan is a country of beautiful landscapes in a soft green-blue tones. This delicate range can sometimes break the fall colors of the maples Continue reading
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Traditions and holidays in Portugal
The culture of Portugal is varied and complex, because different peoples influenced the formation of the image of the country. It’s the Moors and the Arabs, Romans, Germans, Spaniards. All they left behind cultural traditions and amazing architecture.
In this regard, the Northern and southern parts of the country have some differences in culture. But the basis of spiritual and material culture of Portuguese is considered a romance, only in the South more evident features of Arabic. The peculiarity of the country, compared with other European States, is the influence of the Catholic Church on the lives of the Portuguese. The vast majority of the population, more than 90%, are Roman-Catholics. Among the population are Protestants, the Jewish community. And about 5% of the population consider themselves atheists.
Catholicism is associated with local traditions. The Portuguese sincerely worship their shrines. They have a lot of holidays associated with their celebration.
In Braga at the end of June held a two-day Continue reading