Festival of the Steel Phallus in Japan
Last weekend in the Japanese city of Kawasaki hosted the annual festival "Kanamara Matsuri" festival of the Steel Phallus The Japanese carry on their shoulders a portable altar in the…

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Christmas traditions
This is the most favorite and bright holiday and new year's holidays, lasting from 28 December to 4 January, are days of rest for everyone. Stops at this time practically…

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Christmas traditions

This is the most favorite and bright holiday and new year’s holidays, lasting from 28 December to 4 January, are days of rest for everyone. Stops at this time practically all of business life in the country. There were times when On-segatsu celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the late 19th century the Japanese started to celebrate this holiday according to the generally accepted Gregorian calendar.

Japan is a country rich in diverse, interesting customs and traditions. In celebration of the New year it is very noticeable. Preparing for the holiday before its occurrence. On the streets of Japanese cities are many Christmas fairs, selling everything from Souvenirs and clothing to ritual objects. For example, HAMAMI. This blunt arrows with white feathers that protect the house from harm and evil forces. Or TAKARABUNE. Are the ships with rice and other “treasures” on which are seated seven gods of fortune.

Very popular talisman for good luck — CANADA (translated as “bear’s paw”). It reminds made of a bamboo rake. This thing is supposed to “rake” happiness. With every purchase the visitors of the stores is given as a traditional gift animal figure is a symbol of the coming year.

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South Korea

Koreans officially follow the Gregorian calendar, though some holidays are celebrated according to the Eastern lunar calendar. During the official holidays, offices and banks are closed but palaces, museums, most restaurants, Department stores, and entertainment venues of Seoul (see tickets to Seoul from Moscow ) work. The most important traditional holidays for Koreans are sallal and it’s thanksgiving, kardamilon people go home to celebrate their

together with relatives. In the days sallal Koreans hold memorial ceremonies for ancestors and make Seba a big thank you to the senior as a sign of respect and as new year greetings

Public holidays

New year (1-2 January)

The first day of the new year holiday is recognized

and it is noted.

Sallal (January – February)

The beginning of the new year on the lunar calendar is one of the most important traditionally celebrated events of the year, which is still schaetsya more significant than January 1st. Most businesses and institutions are closed and people take several days off to spend a few days at home with family. This day we rise early,wear their best clothes and bowing before seniors to confirm the fortress of family bonds. Festive meal consists of special dishes, Continue reading