The holiday Nauryz is one of the oldest holidays on Earth. It is celebrated over five thousand years as a celebration of spring and renewal of nature by many peoples of the near East and Central Asia, and according to some reports and the Eastern Slavs.
Historical information about this holiday can be found in many ancient and medieval authors. In the Oriental chronology, it corresponds to Iranian New year (Nowruz). From generation to generation passed traditions of celebration of Nauryz, Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Uyghurs. Tajiks called it “Gulgardon” or “Gulnavruz”, Tatar “Nardugan” and the ancient Greeks he was known as “Patra”, the Roots of this holiday can be found in ancient pagan rites. By itself, the form of celebration was meant to reflect the love of nature. Despite the antiquity of this festival is preserved in folk memory, and currently has a new spiritual and ethical meaning.
According to ancient chronology, this day usually coincides with March 22 – vernal equinox. That’s why the Kazakhs call the month of March Nauryz. It was believed that this day is updated in nature, the first spring thunder, swelling buds on the trees and vegetation grows wildly. It should be noted that Nauryz as a non-religious celebration of spring and renewal has common roots Continue reading
the ancestors of the Koreans lived in several tribal entities on the territory of the Korean Peninsula and northeast China. In the struggle for existence primitive people were forced to develop their strength and agility, intuitively creating a system of physical exercises that strengthen the body and refining the mind.
After the invention of weapons with which it was possible to get food and defend against wild animal attacks, people continued to improve the technique of self-defense in various games and shaman rites. Constantly imitating and attacking with protective racks of animals, ancient people learned in battle to use their hands, thereby creating the oldest form of Taekwondo.
Singing, ritual dances and games during the festivities began to acquire a competitive nature, gradually it turned into a competition like the Olympics of the ancient Greeks, who also wore a ritual.
Historians suggest that the history of Korean martial arts begins about two thousand years ago. Ancient manuscripts and images that are preserved and have reached us, say that already in the beginning of our era in ancient Korea used a variety of system fisticuffs and wrestling.
Somewhere in the late 1st century BC, several tribal entities living on the territory of the Korean Peninsula, United in the three States of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla (57 BC – 668 ad). Not only did these States constantly fought Continue reading
Korean cuisine drenched in tradition. In the life of every family, every Korean there are three festivals which are celebrated with abundant feasts. This is a wedding, birth of a child and 60-year anniversary. On such occasions the grandiose celebrations of the belly, attended by all relatives, friends and acquaintances. These three events in Korea are considered the most important in human life.
Korean cooking multi-component, characterized by severity simply unrealistic for the average European. Between the words “tasty” and “sharp” the Koreans put the sign of equality. But despite this, there are dishes. which are quite familiar to our taste buds. And it’s not only the carrot from the nearest market.
Koreans eat mostly with chopsticks. And very long, thin and… a metal (from brass before, now stainless steel)! Once upon a time in the homes of the wealthy ate with silver chopsticks since it was thought that silver darkens when struck by poison.
Another feature of eating: frequent use of spoons – the Koreans, unlike other far-Eastern peoples, even the rice eat with spoons.
Sticks and spoons featured Continue reading