The feast of Candlemas, celebrated on February 15th (old style – 2 February) is among the great twelve great feasts of the Orthodox Church. In Eastern countries, Candlemas is known from IV and V. in the West since the fifth century. This holiday was established to honor the memory of one of the most significant events in the history of the relationship of God with humanity.
In the Church of the virgin Mary and Joseph met Simeon, who, according to the beliefs of the Orthodox faith, was one of the translators of the Holy Scriptures of the old Testament from Hebrew into Greek. Once, as a young, Simeon worked on the translation of the book of Isaiah, he doubted the prophecy that Christ was to be born of an earthly woman. He even wanted to fix the text, but in that moment, Simeon angel appeared and said that because of his doubt, he will not die until such time as your eyes will not see the Savior.
Turning her eyes on the Baby, Simeon realized that this is a long-awaited miracle. Guided by the divine Providence, the Holy one took him up and said the following words: “You Now dismiss Your servant, Lord, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples…”. Continue reading
International Fireworks Festival in Seoul (Seoul International Firework Festival) – a major cultural event in South Korea, which is held every year in October, since 2000, where the best pyrotechnics of the world create a unique atmosphere of celebration and beauty.
To participate in the festival traditionally attracts teams of specialists in the fireworks from different countries. Here they show viewers not only spectacular fireworks, but recent developments in pyrotechnic technology and firework art.
The history of fireworks (“firework” – means “fire effect”), more than one hundred years. Many peoples from ancient times decorated the holidays bright-light effects – originally it had large fires or a lot of small lights. But the written sources of the past preserved little information about such spectacles of light of different Nations.
A radical revolution in the art of making fire and pyrotechnic control them, of course, happened when the wise Chinese invented gunpowder and steel, it is widely used not only in military Affairs but also in the conduct of the festivities. Although the exact date of invention Continue reading
Nor for ‘s no secret that festivals and public holidays attract a huge flow of tourists. It is noteworthy that many of the cultural events of this kind are often called “business card” of a city, or even country. The most popular and most visited events are considered entertainment. The craziest of them are presented below.
South Korea. The mud festival in taisen-ri. The event is held annually in early July and lasts for two weeks. The festival program includes mud fights, running, dancing. (Hypnotica Studios Infinite)
USA. The Burning Man festival in the desert of black Rock. The event is held annually in late August and lasts for eight days. The program of the festival includes music and dance performances, as well as the ceremonial burning of the giant sculptures. (Julia Wolf)
Spain. San Fermin in Pamplona. The event is held annually and lasts from 6 to 14 July. The festival program includes encierro (bull run), the bullfights, carnivals, processions huge dolls and folk festivals. (Asier Solana Bermejo)
Thailand. Vegetarian festival in Phuket. The event is held annually and lasts for nine days, beginning with the first day of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The program of the festival includes a street procession in which Continue reading