Life in color

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Amazing Scarlet Red Animals

Amazing Scarlet Red Animals

Scarlet ibis. Amazing Scarlet Red Animals

Amazing Scarlet Red Animals

A typical habitat of Scarlet Ibis is marshy areas and rainy tropical forests of South America, as well as the Caribbean islands. Red or scarlet ibis is a medium-sized bird, most known for its bright color of plumage. Also, it is one of the 2 national birds of the Republic of Trinidad and Tabago.
Traditionally, Red color symbolizes much from love and blood to boldness and sacrifice. Also, red color plays an important role in nature. In particular, such color among animals and plants usually warns others about the danger and calls for the outsiders to stay at a distance. However, people on the contrary most often find plants and animals of red color extremely attractive and try to decorate their homes with it. By the way, red, or “krasny” in Slavic cultures means beautiful.
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Red corner meaning in Slavic mythology

Red corner meaning in Slavic mythology

Without God there’s no threshold. Russian proverb. Red corner meaning in Slavic mythology

Red corner meaning in Slavic mythology

Generally, the Red corner is the corner of the house in which the icons hang and there is a table. In fact, this is the most important place in the home. Traditionally, such a sacred place was in every house. In pagan times, idols of domestic gods stood in a red corner. However, with the advent of Christianity, their place became occupied by icons and consecrated objects. For example, a vessel with theophany water, twigs of consecrated willows and Trinity greens, etc. The red corner was turned, as a rule, to the south or east. In fact, the place resembled the altar of the Orthodox church. Interpreted as the place of the presence of the Christian God, and the table was likened to the church throne. Considered the most honorable place in the house, it meant for the master of the house, the priest or the guests of honor. Moreover, the “honor of the guest” decreased with distance from the red corner. In addition, during the calendar holidays and festive days, people put certain objects that they wanted to “honor”, into the red corner of their house. In particular, a pot of porridge on Christmastide, or the last sheaf brought from the field at the end of the harvest; washed and decorated kvashnya on Holy Thursday, etc. Entering the house, the person first of all crossed himself, turning to the icons, and only then he greeted the hosts.
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Indonesian rainbow village Kampung Pelangi

Indonesian rainbow village Kampung Pelangi

Undoubtedly, color matters. Indonesian rainbow village Kampung Pelangi

Indonesian rainbow village Kampung Pelangi
In fact, color can affect not only the fate of a single person, but also the whole village. An amazing story, in particular, happened in the usual Indonesian village of Wonosari, whose inhabitants once chose life in color. Traditionally, any Indonesian village looks like this – houses of dirty white or gray color with equally brown roofs. However, after the houses in the village were repainted in bright colors, they had to rename the village itself. That is, Kampung Wonosari became Kampung Pelangi, which literally means “Rainbow Village”. Indeed, all 232 houses changed their colors – into bright red, blue, yellow, green, pink, and orange. The village became iridescent!
In addition, bright drawings and patterns adorn most of the rainbow houses. Meanwhile, the transformation of the village became possible thanks to the government’s program to attract tourists. And of course, thanks to $ 22,000 spent on repainting. And apparently, it really worked!
By the way, thanks to the color, the village in a moment became one of the most attractive places for the Instagram users. Undoubtedly, color matters, and the inhabitants of the rainbow village know this not by hearsay.
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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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