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Name of Event: “Vynášení Morany” [Disposing of Morana] (Morana/Mařena/Mařana = female personification of Winter) Location: Prague Date: fifth Sunday of the Lent Period (also designated as “Deathly Sunday”), typically the end of March Description: Disposing of Morana is a revival of a Slavic folk-tradition of discarding the personification of WinterContinue Reading

Location: all around Sweden, processions usually organized by cities, schools, universities etc. (but in general is Saint Lucy’s day celebrated to a certain extent by other European countries as well). Date: the 13th of December Common names: Luciatåg (Sweden), Lussinatt (Norway), Luciadag (Denmark and Finland), Luutsinapäev (Estonia), Saint Lucy’s day, Lucia Day (English speaking countries).Continue Reading

Location: Roztoky (near Prague), Czech Republic Date: Saturday before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Christian Lent period Description: Shrovetide in Roztoky consists primarily of the procession of masks that starts in the city and continues to find its peak on local hill called Holý vrch. This hummock servesContinue Reading

Location: Town of Hlinsko and six nearby villages in the Hlinecko area (Studnice, Vortová, Hamry, Blatno), Czech Republic Date: End of winter, during Shrovetide, which is the period just before the Christian Lent Description: Shrovetide (or the Pre-Lenten Season) is the Christian period of preparation before the liturgies of LentContinue Reading

Location: Japan Date: 7-day festival held according to the region (March – May) Description: Sadness is inevitably bound up with the experience of beauty, because nothing lasts. This buddhist-coloured thought about impermanence together with the Shinto communion with nature forms the celebration of fleeting beauty in the form of theContinue Reading