The most beautiful Christmas traditions that are preserved in Europe
For many of us, winter is our favorite season for the simple reason that it brings us directly to the magical holiday season.
December is also the first calendar month of winter, the month of the first snow, the month of gifts and the month in which we celebrate the most beautiful Holidays: Santa Claus, Christmas or New Year. It is the last month of the year, the month of rich meals with loved ones, the month of carols and good wishes, the month of plans for the coming year, but also the family month.
Most of us love and celebrate them according to our own customs and traditions, these being different from one area to another, but also from one country to another. Below are some of the most interesting customs or traditions celebrated by the peoples of Europe:
Christmas in Greece
In Greece, the birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25. People go to bed early to attend the Christmas service, which begins at 4 p.m. When they return from church, the whole family shares honey, dried fruit, and Christopsomo ("Christ's Bread"), a kind of nut pie that the housewife prepared the night before and in which she made sure to leave her mark. fingers, symbol of the fingerprints of Christ, proof that he was born.
Gifts are not given at Christmas, but on January 1, when the Greeks celebrate St. Basil. This saint is, in fact, the one who brings the gifts. On Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and Epiphany, Greek children go from house to house singing about the birth of Jesus, the coming of a new year, and the baptism of Jesus in exchange for a few coins.
Christmas in Italy
In Italy, the Christmas holiday lasts for 3 days (24, 25, 26), hence the "crib" - the scene of the Nativity of Jesus, which Italian families install 9 days before Christmas.
During this period, Italians offer sweets with the image of Santa Claus or Jesus to their loved ones, co-workers or neighbors. In Italy, however, Christmas traditions differ from region to region. In the north of the country, the gifts are brought by Santa Claus (Santa Claus) or Little Jesus (Gesu Bambino), on December 25. Elsewhere, they are brought by St. Lucia on December 13.
Christmas in Poland
In Poland, the Christmas period ("Gwiazdka" or "little star") is dedicated to the regeneration of the vital forces of the world, that is, of humans, animals and nature, in order to fulfill the cycle of the passage of time, in the best conditions.
Modern traditions associate magic, New Year's blessings, home decoration, and symbols of reconciliation. Christmas carols are still very much present during this period. In some regions, carolers, groups of children or teenagers, will go from house to house with multicolored stars and scenes of the Nativity of Jesus.
For the preparation of Christmas food, a few straws are slipped under the tablecloth to remind them that Jesus was born in a manger. Before they start eating, all those seated at the table share the unleavened bread (oplatek), marked with scenes of the Lord's birth, and wish them well.
Christmas in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, Christmas ("Koleda") begins at 12 o'clock at night, when young girls prepare a special bread ("Krava") for their favorite "Koledar" (carol). "Koledarii" are young unmarried or newlyweds, who, dressed in traditional clothes, hold in their hands a "Koledarka", a large carved oak stick. They go around the village and stop at each house to make wishes and to receive gifts specially prepared for them. The Christmas holiday lasts until dawn.
Christmas in Germany
The Germans call Christmas "Weihnachten", which means "solemn night", or "Heiligenachten" - "holy night". It is evoked, then, not the birth of Christ, as in Latin countries, but the service at midnight on Christmas.
From the first Sunday of Advent, the Christmas fairs invade the city markets, thus starting the end-of-year holidays. The Advent wreath, made in the family, with green branches that celebrate nature, is placed, in these days, in houses. On it are either four candles, which will be lit successively every Sunday of Advent, or 24 bags of sweets and goodies that will be tasted daily in the family.
Until Christmas, the Germans visit, as a family, the countless biblical scenes of the Nativity of Jesus, in miniature or life-size, figurative or animated, built everywhere.
Christmas in Denmark
Christmas in Denmark is a holiday that is shared with family and friends. Advent festivities begin four weeks before Christmas. The wreath of green branches is made with family or friends and every Sunday is an opportunity to take part in festive meals, in the company of loved ones.At the beginning of December, all the houses and apartments are lit in red, either with a candle or with lanterns made of various materials. Whether they are fir trees or other trees, the trees in front of the houses are also lighted, and the balconies of the apartments are decorated.
Christmas traditions in Europe
Therefore, the spirit of Christmas is found in every place and has a special meaning for each of us.
How do you celebrate this holiday?
Love changes everything! Zodiac signs that have the chance to find the love of their lives in the winter of 2021-2022
"Love changes everything,", and the stars partially agree with this statement. For at least three signs, the winter of 2021-2022 can be an emotionally fortunate time.
Although we refer mainly to the winter months December-February 2021-2022, in the case of some auspicious planetary influences can make their presence felt as early as November 2021. So, if you are among the zodiac signs below, be prepared from November to meet your soul mate, for a proposal in an unexpected marriage or to be with your loved one for as long as possible.
Top 3 zodiac signs with the greatest astral luck in love in winter 2021-2022
On the first place - the sign of Capricorn
Family and marriage
From a sentimental point of view, Capricorn will be in the next period in one of the best periods of his life. This sign is the head of the list in terms of good luck in love in the coming months, and if he has not already met the person of his dreams, he will do it soon. How? Through surprise meetings from destiny or a predestined encounter, which appears in your way out of nowhere. Capricorn will be like a shining star in the next period of time and all his previous misfortunes, failures or disappointments will be forgotten, so nourishing and beneficial is for him new love that will make its presence felt in his life.
His past wounds are bandaged, healed, so now is the time to move on with his life and build a harmonious future and family.
The cold season is a transformative period for him, a period in which he will find peace, joy and the desire to live with a person who loves him enormously. In turn, Capricorn falls in love to the ears. He feels that he has met a person who fully understands him, respects him and honors his feelings, accepts him as he is and who will be with him for better or worse. Next to this person, his soul feels at home, at peace and happy and he will not hesitate to ask her to marry him when he finds the right moment for both of them.
Second place - Aquarius
Healing and a new beginning in love The
bells of change and love have been ringing at Aquarius' door for some time, and if so far you have not been prepared enough for them to invite them with an open heart and with all your good will, things are at the opposite pole now. You have gained wisdom from your previous lessons, you have experienced much in the past, you have celebrated yourself, learning to leave behind the past and honor your own person and the true desires of your heart.
If until now you were not ready for a new beginning in love and you needed a period of healing to clarify your emotions and make peace with the past, slowly, slowly. you open yourself again to love and possibilities. You are again willing to love and give from the overflow of your generous heart and you will receive back accordingly.
Because you have launched the seed of your desire in the universe, expect fabulous opportunities in love. I know, maybe there's nothing on the horizon now, and you're skeptical of what we're telling you. But the period November-December can be the beginning of dream months for you. It is possible that a person from your past will return to your life, truly asking for your forgiveness and being determined to create the best future for you, or new opportunities for love to appear in your life and a completely new person. It is a comforting love, which regenerates you and raises your wings on your shoulders, makes you look at everything with different eyes.
Also, the meetings during this period are predestined meetings for Aquarius, so in the case of certain Aquarius, it will not take too long to say "yes", because the decision was made from the moment you met . Also, in order to receive the icing on the cake, some Aquarius will experience motherhood or fatherhood in the next period, an additional reason for happiness, exuberance, enthusiasm and confidence in the future and in love.
Third place - Scorpio
What do you prepare can be better and better for you than you imagined you ever
Although some native Scorpio singles are excited and it may seem that the winter is too far, love will come to them faster than expected. Trust yourself, the law of attraction and the magnificent orchestrations of the universe. In such harmonious and balanced circumstances, without making love an end in itself, love will come naturally, naturally and naturally.
Until then, enjoy everything in your life, no matter how small, and prepare the ground for a new flourishing love. Definitely break the bridges with the past, forget, forgive and smile broadly at the possibility of a new beginning. It may not be the tumultuous and passionate love you dreamed of (but who says you needed something like that?), But a calm and balanced one, but it will be exactly what you need. Even if the encounter with the person you dreamed of can take place in circumstances not at all unusual, even banal from your point of view (social circumstances), the emotions that the new love will arouse in your soul will be warm and strong and will grow in intensity as time goes on.
This person definitely conquers you with his inner beauty, with the nobility and freshness of his way of being, and your meeting seems to have been well orchestrated by the hands of destiny. Don't be surprised if in the first months of 2022 we are already talking about starting a beautiful marriage, moving together or buying a new, more spacious home for two. 2022 is a representative and lucky year for Scorpio, with an overwhelming impact on the coming years.
The charm of Christmas seems to have been born in the village. Here Christmas has kept its old magic and the memory of the holidays of yesteryear. The elders take into account the superstitions and customs that turn Christmas into a celebration of joy. Christmas is greeted in different corners of the world with extremely diverse traditional dishes, from pork, fish or goose to shellfish, and from chocolate cakes to those with rose petals.
The appearance of Santa Claus
Santa Claus, a white-haired old man, dressed in a red coat, with a long white beard, with a gift bag on his back or standing in a sleigh pulled by reindeer, is a very late image, imagined by Thomas Nast, an American cartoonist . The image has as a starting point St. Nicholas, making the Dutch and English settlers who left for America in the seventeenth century guilty. So, nothing from the Romanian tradition in the current image of Santa Claus, but, after 1960, this image was imposed all over the world, so we take it as such.
Christmas introduced people to a unique atmosphere, specific to both the end and the beginning, both sadness and especially joy. The way in which Santa Claus manages to bring gifts to all the children in the world in one night has come to concern the scientists, who have so far tried to prove that this is possible. And finally, they succeeded! Larry Silverberg, an American professor of mechanical and space engineering, is the first to prove that this road of hundreds of thousands of kilometers is perfectly possible. Larry Silverberg claims that in order to succeed in this journey, Santa Claus uses electromagnetic waves, but also computer science. Santa's sleeve aces include nanotechnology and genetic engineering. In order to find out what each child wants, Santa Claus has at his disposal an antenna in which the technology used in mobile telephony and EKG is integrated.
A very sophisticated system of filters allows Santa to find out where each child lives and what he wants and even how each child has behaved throughout the year. Once received, the data is processed by the high-performance sled navigation system, said Professor Larry Silverberg. However, how can Santa reach millions of homes in one night? -Using the spatio-temporal content-, the specialists answer.
Santa Claus knows that time can be stretched like a piece of rubber and that space can change. All this knowledge allows him to distribute gifts in an instant, explains the American scientist. Moreover, it seems that Santa Claus does not have a sleigh full of presents: when he enters a house, Santa uses his toy maker, so that they are made on the spot, atom by atom. In addition, Santa's reindeer are of a flying breed. Children should not give too much importance to those who say that Santa Claus cannot distribute all the gifts in one night. It is possible, moreover, that when I say this, I am relying on modern science, Silverberg said.
The origin of the name Christmas is uncertain
Christmas is one of the most anticipated holidays. In the six-week fast that precedes it, people are making numerous preparations, trying to properly welcome a celebration of such importance. There are several opinions about the popular name of the holiday, whether it comes from the Latin -creatio- - birth, or from the Slav -Karacun- - sudden death or spirit of death, or from the Albanian -Kercum- - stump. Specialists, given the main role played by the sacred stump, lit ritually on Christmas night to help the weakened Sun, lean towards a Thracian-Dacian origin of the holiday, this opinion is very close to the third variant mentioned by us. Obviously, accepting this origin, we must also accept the fact that the Christmas holiday has preserved a lot of pre-Christian elements, elements that had their full explanation in a mythical-magical way. It was not until 354 that Pope Liberius made December 25 official as the day of Jesus' birth, and in the East this happened in 379.
What to do on Christmas days
Many practices on the eve have as their main concern the cattle in the threshing floor, feeding them saturated food, as only on this night - Christ was born in the manger. Of all the dishes prepared, the housewife used to put a little in a bowl, with this full one surrounding the house three times; then the contents were given to the cattle, hoping that by doing so the cattle would be fed and prospered. The water left over from washing the dishes was given to the cattle to drink, sometimes on the third day of Christmas the animals were sprayed. In order for the cows to bear fruit, it was good not to borrow anything from the house during all this time, the fire and the leavened dough having to be very well guarded and not borrowed at all. Towards evening, everyone in the house sits around the table, this table being very special, with both the living and the dead participating in it. In some countries, no one was allowed to get up from the table until all the food was finished, otherwise the abundance would run away from home. Sometimes the man was allowed to get up, and he used to lock all the doors during the meal so that nothing would be stolen from his household next year. The woman who gets up from the table risks not having her shells on her eggs, one of her legs having to be well kept on an ax, if she wanted to have strong chicks like iron.
Calendar and family life habits are a perennial component of our traditional culture. The most widespread and most lavish proved to be those related to Christmas and the celebration of the New Year. Here are some superstitions:
- in some countries, on Christmas Eve, a cake and a glass of water are placed on the table, because it is believed that the souls of the dead come to their homes tonight, taste the cake and wet their mouths with water;
- on Christmas Eve, beekeepers do not give anything from the house, so that the bees will do well and not leave the hive during the swarm;
- on Christmas Eve it is not good to fight, not even in jest, with someone, because you make jokes in a year;
- where it is customary to cut the pig on Christmas day, the housewives prepare a dish of lean pork with onion and bacon, from which are feasted the first of the foreigners who step on the doorstep of the house, this dish is called -pork alms -;
- in some villages it is said that the woman who does not put Christmas on the table with the ciucalai tablecloth, on the walls with rags (embroidered) and on the bed with pillows on the bed is cursed is cursed;
- one week before Christmas, the preparations for caroling begin, culminating in the two days before the holidays, when the dishes are prepared and the interiors of the houses are decorated: table with embroidered face, ornate pillowcases, on the walls ornate wipes and blades, fir branches, basil;
- the dough kneaded on Christmas night is good for cattle;
- it is believed that at midnight, towards Christmas, the water turns into wine, and the cattle talk;
- on the two big holidays - Christmas and Easter- wash yourself with water in which silver money has been put and you will be penniless;
- it is not good to put brandy on the table first on Christmas Eve, because it is not his priority tonight, but the dishes;
- if you dream of green wheat for Christmas, it is a good sign that next year will be good for everyone;
- on Christmas Eve, the trees are tied with straw, so that these trees will bear rich fruit;
- On Christmas Eve, the breads are greased on top with a heap of wheat flour, so that they do not crack, and with the remaining heap, the trees in the garden are greased, so that they are loaded with fruit in the summer;
- on Christmas day they don't sweep the house, but the next day, and after you sweep that, take that garbage to the trees, because it helps them to be fruitful;
- The Christmas tree dresses in villages from the area in different aspects, differing from the Christmas tree with ornamental elements bought from the city. The most widespread was the tree with circles made of willow or wire twigs, covered in colored paper, over them are passed strings of string on which are strung white beans. White beans symbolize -cleaning the soul-;
- in other villages a tree was made adorned with short-cut wheat straw and strung on a string, delimited by popcorn. Some residents preferred the mistletoe tree, on which colored paper ribbons were applied;
- on Christmas Eve, children are given to eat pumpkin, so that they can be healthy all year round;
- The Christmas rolls were made in the shape of 8 and kept until spring, when the oxen and the plow were smoked and incense before plowing, then the rolls were eaten by plowmen;
- in the evening of December 23 to 24, until after midnight, and in some places until noon, groups of children go from house to house with carols: Santa Claus, Good morning, Christmas carol or Good morning to Santa Claus ;
- In some parts, the boys, but especially the church singers, walk with the icon on Christmas Eve - an icon on which is painted the birth of Jesus Christ.
Habits, old and new
On Christmas night it was believed that the sky was open, about the one who heard the roosters singing in the sky saying that he was lucky with money and that he would be healthy. For the petitioners, the big girls put a bowl on the porch under the window on the eve of the Eve, hoping that they would see him when he came to eat. Before going to bed, he wore a robe that had been under the threshold when the priest came out of the house, which favored the bear's dream. The people of old used to be very careful not to put out the fire on Christmas night, for this purpose they put a log or a log in the hearth.
The Christmas tree, coming from the same mythological chain, is not specific to the Romans, who took it, it seems, from the Germans, at the end of the 19th century. From the morning of Eve, the boys, usually in groups, started caroling. The traditional gifts consist mainly of rolls, also called carols, these Christmas rolls being attributed magical powers. Sometimes the nations would get rid of money or fruit. People always received carolers, because it was believed that when carols were no longer heard on earth, the devils would come out and take over the world, not receiving carolers was considered a great sin. In the water in which they washed before Christmas, people put a nut and a penny, believing that they would be as healthy as a nut and would be lucky with money. On Christmas days, parties were organized, known as -companies-, in which seven or eight couples participated, with food, drink, talking, singing and playing being the ingredients of good mood. It was passed from one householder to another and so on, until the next day, when the village resounded with songs. When people met on the roads, they used to greet each other with a formula that has disappeared today: -Christ was born! -
Christmas in Australia is as glorious as in any other part of the world, except it is not white. Usually during this period it is clear and warm, with temperatures between 25-38 degrees. In Australia, houses are decorated with lights and families decorate fir trees, usually borrowed from America, with many Australians opting for the artificial version. For Australians, mostly Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans, Christmas Eve is an opportunity for religious gatherings. For Australians, Christmas is an opportunity to meet friends in the backyard, at a picnic, in the park, in the gardens or on the beach, with rich menus: seafood, glazed ham, cold chicken, duck or turkey, pasta, cakes with fruit or chocolate, ice cream.
In China, this holiday is celebrated only by Christians, who decorate houses with paper lanterns and decorate the Christmas tree, which they call -The Tree of Light-, with various paper objects, made by hand. Chinese children call Santa Claus, Dun Che Lao Ren. As most Chinese are not Christians, in this country, at the end of January, the real celebration begins, with the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
In Scotland, Christmas is not a real holiday. The Scots are reserved and keep their energy for New Year's Eve, Hogmanay. The word originates from the name of an oat cake once given to children on this day. As a former colony, Brazil has borrowed many end-of-year customs from this area. At Christmas, in shops, houses and churches, special places are arranged, called -presepium-, which show the place where Jesus was born. On the eve, Santa Claus arrives, full of presents, wearing a thin silk suit, suitable for the summer heat. The Christmas meal in Greece is rich in goodies, considering that for the Greeks a period of 40 days of fasting has ended. The housewives prepare a special bread, -christopsomo- (Christian bread). In Greece there is no custom of the Christmas tree. The symbol of this holiday is a wooden vessel in which are placed, in the water, twigs with bay leaves and a wooden cross.
In Iraq, on Christmas Eve, family members gather and one of the children reads about the birth of Jesus, while the others hold lighted candles in their hands, after which everyone sings, while setting fire to a thorn bush.
In Romania it is said that God left Christmas for man to be the village on this day. A specific custom for Estern Europe is for each family to slaughter a pig around the winter holidays, this event actually prefacing the approach of Christmas. This tradition passed down from generation to generation has its origins in the old archaic communities whose staple food, in the cold period of the year, was pork. Anyone who doesn't have a fat Christmas pig can't say they were happy that year. Always held on December 20, Ignat was and is associated with the pig. No pity should be witnessed in the slaughter of the pig, as there is a belief that the pig will die heavily, and the meat will no longer be good; it was even said that those who wailed the pig were angry with God! After the pig stopped moving, a cross was made in the shape of a cross, at the nape of the neck, salt was put over it, saying that only in this way the pig's soul would come out of its head.
Usually, the tail, the ears and the bladder were given to the children, the householders being especially interested in the spleen, this indicating to them, depending on the thickness, what the winter will be like; long-haired women had to eat this spleen! Finding blood clotted in the pig's heart makes the master very happy, which means good luck with money. If the pig was black, those who took part in the slaughter ate blood on their faces, hoping that they would be redder in the face and healthier all the following year. The same blood, collected in a bowl of corn, dry and ground, was good for smoking children with colds, lures, fear. Although Christianity associated the pig with intemperance and greed, for archaic communities this animal, especially through its blood, was one of the most important aids for revival.
New Year- new life. Who among us has not written some resolutions for the 2022 New Year? "This year I promise" "I will change my life for the better." Sounds familiar, right? But all "dreamers" are divided into two types: those who only dream, and those who turn promises into goals and make dreams come true. So how do you get into the second category and really start a new life over the new year? Let's figure it out together.
We've compiled a list of the most popular New Year's resolutions, so to change ourselves on this momentous night. And they also looked ahead and thought: what prevents us from fulfilling them?
Set realistic goals for yourself. Perhaps a flight into space will remain a dream for you. Assess how realistic this goal is for you. Although ... Perhaps there are no impossible tasks - for some it is only necessary to put in more effort.
Don't set yourself too many goals and objectives. The quieter you go, the further you'll get. You should not rush to drastically change your personal life and career at the same time. Focus on one global goal, and then tackle another.
Weigh the pros and cons. If you decide to change jobs, do not cut from the shoulder, do not quit on January 1. First, decide what you want from your new job, and keep in mind that you still need to pay the mortgage. If you want to lose weight, do not go on a hunger strike and do not go to the gym.
Top 30 New Year Resolutions ideas in 2022
- Help in animal shelters, hospitals, orphanages - not only with finances.
- Tell your loved ones more often that you love them. It's always nice, even if they know it.
- Do a crazy thing. Jumping with a parachute, going around the world - everything that has always been feared.
- Hand over the license / Buy a car. In fact, having your own car is not what absolutely everyone wants. But this point will definitely not suit you if you prefer to know all the taxi drivers and minibus drivers in the city by sight. Or you don't want to fight with your personal driver.
- Be more attentive to your health. Even if you are an incorrigible workaholic, health should be more important.
- Less worry about what others think of you. You cannot control what others do and think, so you should not focus on this.
- Engage in self-development and enroll in courses. Find what you like and go ahead, master a new business! It's never too late to learn.
- Buy a subscription to the fitness center. And not only buy, but actually go there. Or do fitness at home - whatever you like best.
Decide on an action plan and resources needed. Break your goal down into small tasks and make a list - you can even print it out and hang it on the wall for clarity. Certain goals require certain resources to achieve. It takes money to go on vacation. And making money is another sub-goal.
Try to do something of your plan every day. Often we are frightened by the magnitude of our own goal, and we subconsciously postpone it for later. This very "later" will never come, if nothing is done for this. It is impossible to read War and Peace in a day, but if you read one chapter or EVEN a page a day, then you yourself will not notice how you turn over the last page. Is it difficult to learn a foreign language? Get in the habit of learning one new word a day.
- Spend more time with your family. In the daily hustle and bustle, we often forget to devote time to those closest to us. And it's worth seeing each other not only on holidays.
- Spend more time with your friends. Friends will always support you in difficult times, so find time for them, and not just for your favorite work.
- Take pictures more often. Photos are precious memories. And with Photo Manager, you can easily sort your photos by album without wasting a lot of time.
- Be less nervous about trifles and learn not to take everything to heart. Some things and events are completely impossible to control, so you shouldn't worry about them, especially in the new year.
- Travel more. Stop being jealous of travel bloggers, it's high time to become one of them!
- Move to another city / house. Sometimes we just need a change of scenery. And with the move, more opportunities open up: new acquaintances, a new job.
- Learn a foreign language. The second most popular promise. There are a lot of reasons to learn: you can watch TV shows in the original, travel calmly, and it is also useful for the functioning of the brain.
Set realistic deadlines. You can hardly learn to play a musical instrument in one hour. Decide how much time you need to fulfill your dream. Take with a small margin and margin of error for unforeseen situations. Perhaps you can even divide the path to success into several stages and reach each stage gradually.
Defeat your laziness. Often we leave something out of fatigue and laziness. This is especially true for losing weight, playing sports or learning foreign languages. You need to make a schedule and make it a rule to follow it. After all, it is worth skipping one workout or postponing the study of grammar until tomorrow - and there is a high probability that you will never return to the gym, and the textbook will be covered with dust.
- Learn to play a musical instrument. You don't know you have talent until you try.
- Learn to save money. Start calculating expenses. Don't waste your money on useless things. And spend the saved money on something really necessary.
- Learn not to be late. This will help avoid reprimands from superiors and disgruntled looks from friends.
- Protect the environment. Give up plastic, use a bike, participate in volunteer activities ...
- Limit your intake of junk food. We all not only love burgers and pizza, but we are well aware of the consequences to which they lead. If you do not completely abandon fast food, then at least reduce its amount.
- Save up for what you have dreamed of for so long. Let it not even be an apartment or a car, but something less ambitious - but with your own money!
- Less surfing on the Internet / phone / social. Networks. While we spend time in front of a monitor screen or with a phone in hand, life passes by.
- Finally, make some renovation. To fix what has been broken long ago. Create comfort at home. Throw away what is not needed for a long time. Buy new cushions, fix a dripping bathroom faucet, change your boring wallpaper. New Year is a time for change!
Conquer your fear. Many tasks seem overwhelming. But if you don't give up and don't stop at difficulties, everything is possible. Denied a casting or interview? Prepare better and try again.
Find outside support. Sometimes we need the support of family, friends, loved ones. Try to win them over to your side - together everything works out easier. Or find a community of like-minded people on the Internet: participate in marathons, "challenges" and relay races. But this does not mean at all that if you have not found support, you need to say goodbye to your dream! Move towards your goal no matter what.
Start a new life not tomorrow, but today. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that this promise will carry over to the next year. Take action! The diet does not start on Monday, but right now.
- Read more books. Do not try to chase lists of books that "must be read before N years." Read what you like.
- Get organized. Making a to-do list and completing it is much easier than you think!
- Have a pet. Dog? Cat? Do not forget about fish - the most unpretentious pets.
- Do not live in debt / Do not take loans. Situations, of course, are different, but it is much more pleasant not to resort to financial assistance from a bank or friends.
- Tidy up sleep patterns. Get up earlier, go to bed earlier and, most importantly, get enough sleep.
- Fall in love / Marry / Get married. Finding your soulmate is the cherished dream of many.
- Overcome your main fear. Public performance? Fear of heights? Begin to gradually learn to deal with your fears.
- Eat homemade food, not convenience foods. Learn to cook. Homemade food is much tastier and healthier than store-bought salads.
- Finally finding time for your hobby. Really for a hobby. Embroidery, skiing, numismatics. And no, lying on the couch is not a hobby.
- Change image / Change appearance. Change your T-shirt to a formal suit, jeans to a dress, dye your hair or change your haircut. All in your hands.
New Year's Eve holds the record for most seniority. The Babylonians were celebrating the New Year 6,000 years ago, in the first nine months after the solstice. The festival lasted 11 days, with various activities taking place every day. Then people, as now, set goals for the new year, reports Agerpres.
A common custom among the Babylonians was the return of borrowed agricultural equipment. On this occasion, the king went through a ritual of repentance and was stripped of power to spend three days in isolation and in prayer. When he returned to the world, restoration ceremonies were organized to provide him with the support of nature.
In Ireland, single girls believe that the night between the years is an opportunity to find their true love. They place the mistletoe under the pillow dreaming of the magical moment when they will meet their chosen one. The mistletoe also drives away evil spirits. In terms of politics, it is believed in Ireland that the night wind between the years can predict the future of the country. If it blows from the west, it will bring prosperity, if it blows from the east, the British will dominate politics.
Polka dot clothes and round dishes seem to be the choice of Filipinos for the balance of the years. They believe that they will prosper because round points invoke coins. Also, throwing coins at midnight means plenty of revenue growth.
In Ecuador, midnight crow scarecrows are made. Each family has its own scarecrow filled with newspapers and pieces of wood, which it burns in front of the house. Tradition says that this destroys all the evil accumulated in the past 12 months, paving the way for happiness. In this country there is also the superstition that the yellow lingerie worn on New Year's Eve brings optimism next year.
The Chileans, more precisely the inhabitants of the city of Talca, celebrate their New Year with their dead relatives. The gates of the cemetery open at 11 o'clock at night, and the locals are greeted by muted classical music and dim lights, turning the cemetery into a festive place.
Better known is the American habit of sharing a passionate kiss with a loved one at midnight, which is believed to erase unpleasant memories of the past, paving the way for a future full of love.
Brazilians welcome the new year with very colorful underwear. They usually wear cheerful shades of red and yellow in hopes of attracting luck and a possible partner. Wishes for wealth and love are expressed through lingerie. Outdoor fires are lit on Paulista Boulevard at midnight. In such a celebration, fireworks are the harbingers of the new year.
In many parts of Europe, the tradition has been that the first person to enter one's house after midnight should bring a gift, a coin for prosperity, a loaf of bread for abundance, salt for flavor, or strength for good will. It is preferred that this "first footer" be a man with dark hair.
The island of Madeira in Portugal holds the record for the most glorious New Year's party. In 2007, 8,000 fireworks were launched per minute until a total of 600,000 was reached. Tourists from all over the world gather to watch the dizzying show. Here it is customary to eat 12 figs on New Year's Eve, which symbolizes 12 wishes for the coming year.
The tradition of prom in the Habsburg era has been preserved at the Austrian Imperial Salon. At midnight the "Blue Danube" resounds, and Strauss's "Bat" is always staged. The participants in the ceremony have pork on the table, a sign of luck. And the tables are decorated with chocolate piglets. The children pour molten lead into a tub, and a clairvoyant reads the shapes of the lead. If the metal forms a sphere, it means that the New Year brings luck and prosperity, if it takes the form of an anchor, it means that people will need help to overcome difficulties.
In China, the New Year is celebrated on the second new month of the solstice. Firecrackers and firecrackers are said to drive away evil spirits. Fabulous dragons and lions dance in the streets. People dress in red, the brightest of colors, and children receive red envelopes with money. Tangerines are also offered for luck, but only in even numbers. Another New Year's tradition is for people to come out and shout their wishes for the coming year. At the same time, he has to throw food as high as possible.
In Greece, a special bread called "Vasilopita" is served on New Year's Eve. A penny is hidden inside it when it is put in the oven. The bread is cut exactly at midnight and whoever receives the piece with the prize will be lucky next year. Here, the New Year's Day is dedicated to Saint Basil, famous for his kindness. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace on New Year's Eve to receive gifts from the good saint.
France celebrates the holiday called "Le Réveillon" with luxury food, champagne and gifts.
In Turkey, gifts are exchanged during a celebration of traditional Turkish food.
In Spain there is a tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve. Each represents a month of the following year. Depending on how sweet it is, so will the month: better or harder. For brides, New Year's Eve is an opportunity to slip their wedding ring into the champagne glass and collide.
In Venezuela, those looking for a soulmate wear red underwear.
The most popular New Year's Eve drink is champagne. Everywhere in Europe and America it is accompanied by toast. In Russia, a drink of vodka, lemon juice and tap water is called "dirty water" and is drunk to stop bad luck. The Russians usually open the doors and windows for the new year to enter the house.
It is customary for people to kiss under the mistletoe at midnight on New Year's Eve. It can be considered a romantic gesture, but it is also a greeting for the New Year among people wishing them a happy new year, health and luck.
In Scotland, the New Year is called "Hogmanay", and in some villages rolls of tar are lit, which are then left to roll on the streets. Thus, the old year is burned and the new one is allowed to come. The Scots believe that the first person to enter the house on New Year's Eve will bring either luck or bad luck. The new year will be lucky if this person is a brunette man who brings a gift. "Auld Lang Syne", one of the most popular New Year's songs among English speakers, also appeared in Scotland. The song was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796 in the Scots Musical Museum.
In Liege, Belgium, on January 1, it is customary to eat choucroute (a kind of sauerkraut with sausages) as a family, with a coin under the plate, in your hand or in your pocket, to have money all year round.
In Naples, Italy, the New Year is celebrated with a special custom, which consists of throwing old objects, symbols of the past year, out the window. Thus, furniture, dishes, clothes, etc. they end up on the street, to the chagrin of the garbage collectors, who have to cross at night to clean up. On New Year's Eve, called "Capodanno", Italians usually put special dishes on the table, which are said to bring wealth and abundance.
In the Netherlands, the Oudejaarsdag or "last year's day" (December 31) is celebrated with many fireworks, which start at dawn and last until late at night. In fact, this is the only day that fireworks are allowed, they are on sale only three days before the New Year
In Hebrew, the New Year means "Rosh Hashanah." It is a sacred time when people think about what they have done wrong in the past and promise to be better in the future. Special ceremonies take place in the synagogues, where the shofar is played, a special instrument. The children receive new clothes, and the meal must include fruits and flour products, to remind them of the harvest time.
In India, the New Year is celebrated differently depending on the region. In West Bengal, people are adorned with flowers, which they color in red, pink, purple or white. Women wear yellow clothes, the color of spring. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers and gifts in a special box for children. On New Year's Eve, children should keep their eyes closed until they are led by hand to the gift box. In Central India, orange flags adorn all buildings on New Year's Day.
In Vietnam, the New Year is called "Tet Nguyen Dan" or simply "Tet". The Vietnamese believe that a god lives in every house, and on New Year's Day he goes to heaven. There, he says how good or bad each family member was last year. The god travels on the back of a carp, which is why Vietnamese people usually buy a live carp on New Year's Eve, which they let go of.
In Japan, people spend a whole week preparing for the coming of the new year. The house must be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the appearance of any evil spirits. All debts must be paid and, above all, all disputes resolved and mistakes forgiven.
For the Japanese, the New Year, called "Oshogatsu", is one of the most important holidays and a symbol of renewal. "Forget-me-not parties" or "Bonenkai" are organized, in which people leave behind the problems and worries of the year that are about to end and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and animosities are forgotten. On December 31st, at midnight, families go to the nearest temple to share sake (traditional drink, no.) And to witness the 108 gong blows announcing the passage of the new year (this figure represents the number of sins accumulated in -a soul throughout the year, and the gong blows symbolize the banishment of sins one by one and the purification of souls). On January 1, children receive otoshidamas - small gifts with money inside. On New Year's Day, dreams and wishes are written on a piece of paper.
Unmarried women in Belarus are waiting for New Year's Eve to find out if they will get married. They hold a few grains of corn in their hand, with which they lure a rooster. According to tradition, the girl whose rooster crouches will get married next year.
In the US, the New Year is expected on the streets of cities, as in Canada. Everyone celebrates the start of the New Year at traditional parties, sometimes at masquerade balls when everyone comes in a themed costume and with masks (according to tradition, guests have to take off their masks at midnight). Also at midnight, the bells and sirens sound, the sky is flooded with fireworks and everyone shouts in a "Happy New Year!" In New York, a 100-year-old tradition has been to throw a ball into Times Square. This is also the case in Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, San Antonio and Sacramento, California. In other areas, various things are thrown to mark the New Year: in Easton (Maryland) - a crab, in Atlanta (Georgia) - a peach, in New Orleans - a pot.
When it comes to gifts, surprises or Christmas preparations, often our expectations can be exceeded, other times we can be left with a bitter taste. It is important to know how to make fun of trouble, because in the end it is about the holidays. Even if the inspiration was not high or the gifts received were not the most successful, and the surprises were not very pleasant, it is not worth leaving with upset, but only with good will.
Christmas is one of the most important and long-awaited holidays of the year. The decoration of the Christmas tree, the goodies on the table, the arrival of Santa Claus and the carols that resounded in all parts of the city are the main ingredients of a successful Christmas.
1.Not enough paper for the gift
2.An epic fail with and Christmas sweater
3.The view in Iceland on Christmas day
Once upon a time, elves stole presents from under the tree, they didn't bring them. The idea of Christmas elves comes from the ancient belief that gnomes guarded man's house from evil spirits. Leprechauns were loved and hated because, although they sometimes behaved willingly, they could very easily turn into mischievous and unbearable beings when they were not treated properly. The most common perception was that they were behaving like the person they were dealing with, being either mean or nice. In the Middle Ages, they expected gifts rather than gifts. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that elves became friends with Santa Claus.
4.Preparing for Christmas dinner
Although most countries in the world consider Santa's favorite food to be milk with cookies or cookies, some regions have other opinions. For example, the people of Ireland are waiting for Santa with a pint of Guinness beer, the country's traditional drink. In Sweden, children place rice pudding next to the Christmas tree to feast on Santa.
8.Christmas turned into Halloween
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Did you know that? Specialists have found that if every child in the world wanted a simple 100-gram chocolate from Santa Claus, his sleigh would weigh around 240 tons and would need more than 1,000 reindeer to move it in. all corners of the world.
And in the end we amaze you with a fact. The biggest Christmas present anyone receives is the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the Americans in 1886.
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12.When you bought each other the same gift
14.This is what I wanted, and this is what I got…
15.Dad thought it was a sex toy
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22.What was ordered, and what got
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30.Ceramic in description, nothing in reality