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  • 1. Religious holidays Paganism

2. Each religion hasits own festivals.ChristianscelebrateChristmas andEaster, MuslimscelebrateRamadan, Jews Passover. All thesefeasts are well-known in theworld, in fact.Thats why, today Iwant to tell youabout holidays ofthe primal Russianreligion paganism. 3. We will start withKolyada. Kolyada isa pre-Christian Slavic feast,which is celebrated onDecember 21. Kolyada is associated with the winter solstice and new year.Later it was replaced withChristmas and Svyatka.There are two versionshow Kolyada got its name. First is that it has come from the Latin calendae, which means invoke. Otherversion is that it is calledafter the Slavic godKolyada. 4. The special attributes of the holiday are gifts and a dressing, using animalskins, masks and horns. On Kolyada people come together to go out and sing traditional songs. They come to their neighbors to congratulate them and wish all the best. 5. The other feast wedlike to tell you about is Maslenitsa, which is famous all over the world as a nationalRussian holiday.Maslenitsa is amischievous and funny farewell to winter and spring meeting, whichmeans the recovery of nature and warmth of the sun.Since olden times, sunis associated with a new life. At first, in honor ofthe sun unleavened cakes werebaked, which then hadbecome pancakes. 6. Maslenitsa lasts a week and each day has the special name:1. Monday is Greeting.On thisdaypeoplestartto bakepancakes.2. Tuesdayis Games. 7. 3. Wednesday is Kickshaws, when a son-in-law visits his mother-in-law.4. Thursday, Wide fling, is the most hilarious day in the Maslenitsa week,full of funny games and contests. 8. 5. Friday, Mother-in-laws Evenings, is the day for son-in-law to invite the mother.6. Saturday is Sister-in-laws gatherings, when a daughter-in-law hosts the sister and gives her a present. 9. 7. The last day of the festive week is Forgiving Sunday, when all people makeapologize. The celebrations end with the burning of the Maslenitsa jackstraw. 10. Ivan Kupalas Day is celebrated inmany countries on 22 of June, theday of summer solstice. The namecomes from the pagan godKupala. This festival is famousbecause of the special rites andrituals, which are observed duringthe celebration. 11. The religious practice includes traditional bathing, jumping over thefire and various divinations. As aresult, this feast is connected withdifferent superstitions, which are very popular with folks. 12. There are a lot of different feasts, which are celebrated in our country and which areconsidered to be our national holidays, as they represent our culture. And today I tried to tell about the most famous and beloved of them.


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