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Festivals and holidays in Austria

Prepare to welcome Christmas begin in early December with Christkindlmarkt — typical festive markets opened almost all cities and towns of the country. The biggest of them opening directly in front of the Vienna town hall, but no less famous fairs Domplatz in Salzburg and the Old town of Innsbruck. On the eve of St. Nicholas Day (6 December) festive procession in Innsbruck, and on the night of 5 December the Saint himself accompanied by Krampus (Austrian mythical character — hell, accompanying Santa Claus at Christmas and punishing naughty children) and sometimes angels passes at home with gifts for children. Meanwhile, dressed in costumes of devils (Krampuslaufen) run through the streets, portraying the evil spirits fleeing the righteous Saint.

Christmas (Weihnachten) in Austria — a quiet family holiday. Only on Christmas Eve, when finally distributed the gifts, crowds of people take to the streets with Psalms and go from house to house, symbolizing the three kings coming to Bethlehem. Left marks on the doors with chalk (usually three letters — K, M and B, what is file name «three kings» — Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) can then be seen throughout the country year Continue reading

Holidays and festivals in Vietnam

Visit of Vietnam official holidays and festivals on one side looks very attractive and attracts huge number of tourists both from abroad and inside the country. But on the other hand, on the eve of holidays and festivals and some time after, the prices of tourist services and transport would significantly increase, and sometimes the availability of hotels is simply impossible to find.

Thus, the authors of the site can as an example lead to the experience of visiting the town of Sapa in Northern Vietnam during the “Festival in the clouds” at the end of April. Although this is not an official holiday weekends, it attracts a lots of Vietnamese and tourists, which leads to higher prices at hotels at least five times. The guesthouses where just a day before the festival was to stay for 10 dollars, the next day gave up $ 50, and available seats were very problematic. Approximately the same situation was repeated in Hanoi during the official holiday on may 1 (international workers Day).

These examples are not in order to scare you and be discouraged from visiting Vietnam during the holidays, and so you are ready for some possible difficulties in this regard. In General to get on any holiday is a great success Continue reading

Hot Pattaya

The Thais are very funny and sentimental people. Therefore, annual festivals, memorial days and holidays play a big role in their lives. Many Thai festivals are fun and colorful, and the Thais always invite tourists to participate in them. Other events very solemn and ceremonious. Regardless of whether it is a dazzling procession of Buddhist religious ceremony, unbridled joy or exotic ritual – all these holidays remain a pleasant memory for tourists and help them to understand the cultural heritage of Thailand is the most exotic countries in Asia.

Most festivals associated with Buddhism, the annual cycle of ripening rice, memorable dates in the life of Thailand’s kings. Some celebrations are held on certain days, others, mostly Buddhist, associated with the lunar calendar. Lots of fun folk festivals.

Makha Puja – the Day of full moon in February

National holiday-related events in the history of Buddhism, when 1250 disciples of the Lord Buddha gathered to hear him preach. During this day of prayer interspersed with such good works as the food of the monks, the release of birds and fish from cages and aquariums. After sunset throughout the Kingdom Buddhist monks lead around the temples praying, Continue reading

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