Christmas traditions of the peoples of the world
Fabulous, magical, mysterious – that’s all it is: New year. Most popular on our planet celebration, a time to make wishes. And make them come true, — be sure to follow the usual traditions. How on Earth exists nationalities, so many rituals of celebrating the New year. Consider the most interesting and amusing customs.
Emotional Italians and new year’s eve in his repertoire: in order to avoid the burden of the past and start with a clean slate, they are getting rid of junk and old furniture. And quite an unusual way: throw out the balconies. So go at this time near Italian unsafe houses: suddenly it will be not just a leaky pan, and the couch… Russian children wait for Santa Claus, and Italian at night while they sleep, fairy Befana comes. If the child behaved in the old year well, she gets hung by the fireplace empty stockings with sweets. But the prankster in the morning will find instead of gifts only embers.
But in France there is a Santa Claus. and his name is Pere Noel. He also reluctantly shown to the children on the eye, but loves to give them gifts, furtively filling their shoes. New year’s eve the most emblematic French treats table — pie baked inside Bob. The finder will be lucky the whole year, and during the celebration all have to obey him and fulfill all his wishes. And, of course, what French New year without a glass of good wine! Before to try and given to the guests, the winemaker must clink glasses with the barrel, to wish her a happy New year, to thank for the harvest and to wish the next was even richer.
English ringers shortly before midnight “wrap up” the bells of temples blankets. From this when the sound is echoing blows it turns out a barely audible murmur. And in only 12 hours, when the covers are removed, the bells Herald the coming of the New year in full voice. This point is particularly lovers are waiting for: to spend the next year apart, they need to urgently kiss. And not just anywhere, but under a branch of mistletoe. By the way, faddish, yet practical the British first began to send each other Christmas cards, and then this tradition was picked up by others.
It is interesting to celebrate the New year and the Asian way. The Vietnamese, so it was good, the room is decorated with branches of a flowering peach tree. The Chinese take to the streets to light the lanterns and turn the countryside into a sea of tiny lights. The Burmese believe in the New year, so it was rainy and harvest, it is necessary to arrange a competition in tug of war. Rural village competes with the village, and the town residents face off of the streets.
In Japan on the eve of it is hype in clothing stores: make the New year happy, it certainly should be found in them. And at midnight, be sure to listen to the sound of the bell which is twelve beats as much as 108 times! So much, in the beliefs of the Japanese, is required to destroy all evils and vices. Once the bell stops, people have to laugh, otherwise we wouldn’t see him good luck. Entrance doors for Japanese houses you will definitely see the branches of bamboo and pine trees — the symbols of longevity and loyalty in love. To give each other gifts the Japanese have taken at dawn, when they come out of their houses to see how the sun rises. The most popular Christmas gift – bamboo rake. Sharing them, the donors wish each other a good harvest, as you might think, and “rake” in the coming year with more happiness.
Not inferior in originality of tradition and residents of other countries. Panamanians instead of just listening to the chiming of the clock include siren, honk car horns, yelling loudly in General, are noisy because of all the forces, to win over a New year. But in Colombia a year old you can not just hold and see, but even to touch it – it takes the role of carnival fun actor on stilts.