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White color meaning in Slavic mythology

White color meaning in Slavic mythology

Wild rose. Artist Alyona Koneva. White color meaning in Slavic mythology

White color meaning in Slavic mythology

On the one hand, white associated with white sunlight, with all the saint, bright, and kind. But on the other hand, it symbolizes the other world, and death. Traditionally associated with the shining of the sun, light, white was an indispensable attribute of all the sacred, good, pure, and virgin. Sunlight makes it possible to see and distinguish the objects of the surrounding world, their shapes and colors, but the darkness destroys this possibility.
Undoubtedly, without light and solar heat, nothing on earth grows, does not blossom and does not bear fruit. Accordingly, for people, the disappearance of sunshine meant cold, hunger and the disappearance of life itself. That is why white light, white color in the people’s consciousness mean all the good, joyful and useful. However, the absence of light, ie Black color, contrasted with white as light – darkness, was associated with evil, cold, and death.
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Indian Blue Lotus Festival

Indian Blue Lotus Festival

Symbol of the festival. Photo by Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival. Indian Blue Lotus Festival

Indian Blue Lotus Festival

An International event, the Blue Lotus Festival focuses on presenting the richness of Indian culture and music! The visitors coming to the festival discover the sounds of India at Pushkar, Rajasthan. The event takes place in February. The mission of an unprecedented international event – to present the richness of genres and styles of best of Indian music. In particular, Sufi, Folk, Traditional, Gypsy, Tribal, Devotional, Spiritual and Indigenous music from 13th to 18th February 2013. The festival in Pushkar, an ancient town of great cultural and historical importance is in Rajasthan, India.
According to Indian mythology, Pushkar has originated from the petal that fell from a blue lotus held by Lord Brahma – the creator of the universe. From the fourth century BC people have been visiting Pushkar for pilgrimage and some settled here transforming it into a town of unique spirit with hundreds of hidden temples and picturesque ghats surrounding the lake.
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St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge

St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge

18th century construction – St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge

St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge
Previously wooden and painted in bright blue, the name “Blue” is due to its original appearance. In the XIX century, the crossing was rebuilt in stone, but the bridge retained its color and name until today.
In fact, in the 18th century it was typical of St. Petersburg to name bridges in different colors. And in particular, the Moika River was famous for its “colored” bridges. And alongside with Blue bridge, there were other colored bridges – Green, Red and Yellow. Undoubtedly, these buildings were the brightest spots in the architecture of St. Petersburg, in which strict colors prevailed. Noteworthy, the coloring of buildings was ctrictly regulated by royal decrees. However, the multi-colored bridges on the Moika was by no means a bold design move. In fact, located close to each other bridges were so similar that the townspeople often confused them. Anyway, it was a wise decision to have colorful bridges among gray granite architecture of St. Petersburg.
To date, there are only two “color” bridges in the city – Red and Blue. The green bridge eventually got the name Politseisky (the Police Officer), and the Yellow Bridge became the Singing Bridge.
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The International Green Cucumber Festival in Suzdal

The International Green Cucumber Festival in Suzdal

The heroes of the day – Green and yellow Cucumbers. The International Green Cucumber Festival in Suzdal

The International Green Cucumber Festival in Suzdal

Nobody knows when cucumbers first appeared in Russia. It is known that in the region of Vladimir it was grown 5 – 7 centuries ago, in other words, a long enough time ago that we may consider the cucumber inherently Russian!
Meanwhile, Suzdal is one of the most renowned centers of cucumber production. Since time immemorial the residents of Suzdal have had a special passion for cucumbers. Anania Fedorov, a Suzdal priest, has been practicing the art of cucumber-cultivation for centuries, nursing cucumbers like babies and even giving them different names: “pikuli” for smaller ones, “zelentsy” for middle-sized cucumbers and “oklyovishy” for flawed ones.
You may be asking yourself, “Why all the fuss?’ Wrong. As one of the characters in an Ostrovsky play asked “And what is a business? What is it in comparison to eternity and a pickled cucumber?”
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Red Hill festival – Traditional Russian Krasnaya Gorka

Red Hill festival - Traditional Russian Krasnaya Gorka

Wedding on Krasnaya Gorka. Palekh. Red Hill festival – Traditional Russian Krasnaya Gorka

Red Hill festival – Traditional Russian Krasnaya Gorka

As soon as the melting snow freed the land, it opened the small hills, popularly called red hills, and this gave the name to the popular folk holiday. Besides, in Russian, “Red” means beautiful. An old Russian proverb said: “Whoever marries on Krasnaya Gorka, he will never divorce.” A holiday of spring and love, time of walks and acquaintances, and of course, weddings. On the Red Hill festival it was customary to dress up in the most beautiful outfits and clothes.
The Red Hill is on the first Sunday after Easter. Also known as Anti-Easter, Antipascha Week, Fomina Week, Week of Thomas, and Thomas Sunday, it is a Christian holiday, celebrated in the historic churches next week (Sunday) after Easter.
Popularly considered a girlish holiday, the main place occupied girls, and (less often) women. In many places, for the holiday of the Red Hill, as the first spring holiday, an ancient ceremony of “hailing the spring” took place. On this day, all the village girls and young women, taking with them all sorts of foodstuffs, usually gathered in some favorite place of the village street and sang spring songs. Besides, they conducted dances and arranged various games primarily burners and dances.
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Color hearing and the inseparable connection of music and color

Color hearing and the inseparable connection of music and color

Associations of musical keys with colors. Color hearing and the inseparable connection of music and color

Color hearing and the inseparable connection of music and color
To color the rainbow is simple: just take the right color and draw. The main thing is to remember the sequence. Is it possible to color music sounds and, if so, what and how? What is a musical paint? What colors can correspond to this or that sound?
First of all, the musical paint is not an individual sound, but a whole sequence of sounds, in simple terms – gamma. It forms a mode, major or minor, and tonality. Even the very word “tonality” comes from the word “tone”. In music it is sound, and in painting – color.
One of the musicians who dreamed of establishing such a “sound-color” connection was the composer Alexander Nikolaevich Scriabin. He had a color-toned hearing, that is, he perceived tonalities in a certain color. In particular, C major in red, G major in orange and pink, D major in yellow, A major in green, E major and B major both in blue-whitish color, F-sharp major-bright blue, C-sharp major – violet, A-flat major – purple-violet, E-flat major and B flat major – both steel with metallic luster, and F-major – dark red.
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Menton France Colorful Lemon Festival

Welcome to Menton France Colorful Lemon Festival

Welcome to Menton France Colorful Lemon Festival

Menton France Colorful Lemon Festival

Traditionally, the riot of yellow color is Lemon Festival which lasts from late January through mid-February. Meanwhile, since the 1930s the town of Menton, France, has celebrated it annually. About 300,000 people visit the town during the festival. In particular, they enjoy the colorful parades featuring larger than life-sized figurines made entirely of citrus fruit, a specialty of the region. Besides, no less interesting are other activities. For example, performances of local folk music and dance take place during the festival. In addition, visitors may stroll by scenes from famous stories reconstructed out of citrus fruits and displayed in one of the city’s parks. Noteworthy, the Lemon Festival coincides with another important local event, the Orchid Festival. And those who attend this exhibit of orchid specimens may also sample regional foods and view the work of local artists.
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