What is Little Christmas?

October 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Recently at work we were discussing our holidays and the conversation turned to Christmas trees. Typically we put our tree up around the middle of December, and take it down around New Years. I mentioned that my Mom leaves hers up longer, she doesn’t take hers down until Little Christmas. One

Who is Mulan?

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Mulan is the heroine of a famous Chinese poem written during the Northern Dynasties (AD 420-589). In the story, Mulan disguises herself as a man to serve in the army in her father’s place. While serving, she is recognized as a courageous soldier and offered a government post. She turns down

Martisorul (The Little March Amulet)

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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M?r?i?orul (The Little March Amulet) celebrates the coming of spring. Every year the Romanians knit two little tassels: a white and a red one. On March 1st boys/men offer this amulet to the girls they love… Every year the primary school teachers from schools teach their pupils how to make

Steaua- (The Star)

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Another interesting custom is the Star (Steaua). This is a large star made of coloured glossy paper, lighted inside like a lantern, which school children, in groups of three carry in the evening of Christmas from house to house, singing: The Star is rising high / Like a hidden mistery/ The Star

Sorcova – Romania

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Another custom practiced by children individually on New Year’s Day is the “sorcova”. This is a small branch or stick adorned with differently coloured artificial flowers, called sorcova with which they touch rhythmically and lightly their elders, while congratulating them on

The Paparudas

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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This is an augural agrarian custom. It has multiple motivations, mainly concerned with drought and its consequences. A little girl clad with a dress made of leaves or shoots of willow goes dancing and singing a rain-invocation through the village lanes, together with other boys and girls until an

Dragaica (Sanzienele) Romania

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Dragaica (or Sanzienele) is an important Midsummer Day festival and fair which takes place on the 24th of June, when a specific Romanian lively folk dance is performed. When the harvest is almost ripe, the girls from the village gather together to choose Dragaica. This is the name given to the

Hayit Uzbekistan

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Hayit is an ancient religious holiday from Uzbekistan There are two types of this holiday: the one is Kurban hayit,and the other is Ruza hayit. Kurban hayit is celebrated from the beginning till 7 days. From that day begins the visit to Khadj. Ramadan hayit is celebrated when Ramadan ends. On

Navruz in Uzbekistan

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s celebrated on the 21st of March. In cities, towns and villages people celebrate this holiday, the eastern New Year, which is a holiday that celebrates the awakening of nature, and promotes friendship, fraternity and cultural and historical traditions. March is the spring equinox, meaning

Easter in Italy

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The day after Carnival is called “Ash Wednesday” (mercoledì delle Ceneri). Ash Wednesday is a day of penitence. Christians use ash as a symbol of being sorry for things they’ve been wrong. In this day we use to go to the church and the priest puts on our forehead the sign of cross. He