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Remembering 1950s French beauty Estella Blain

Remembering 1950s French beauty Estella Blain (1930 – 1982)

Remembering 1950s French beauty Estella Blain (1930 – 1982)

Remembering 1950s French beauty Estella Blain (1930 – 1982)

This gorgeous natural blonde with rare sapphire-blue eyes was one of the sexiest stars of 1950-1960s of French cinema, alongside with Bridget Bardot. Singer and actress, remembered worldwide as Madame De Montespan in Angelique and the King (1966), she committed suicide 1 January 1982. It is unfortunate that the circumstances have forced her to do it. So, the first morning of a new year she committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.
It is noteworthy, the number of suicides, oddly enough, grows during the holidays – New Year, Christmas, Valentine’s Day … In the atmosphere of fun, particularly, may appear acute sense of loneliness, especially when these people have no one to celebrate the holiday with. Thus, to the depressive state may add suicidal thoughts and, life can end in tragedy. Eventually, this happened to a fragile, lonesome, and depressed Estella Blain.
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Creation of Snowman – history, meaning and tradition

Creation of Snowman. Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana as snowmen in the Netherlands (1913)

Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana as snowmen in the Netherlands (1913). Creation of Snowman

Creation of Snowman
In Russia, there is a good proverb “Prepare the sled in summer, and cart in winter”. Indeed, when, if not in summer to write about the most cheerful winter ritual – making snowman. Meanwhile, the tradition is very ancient. Thus, the first written mention of a snowman dates back to the 13th century. Interestingly, believe it or not, but first snowman was an evil character! That’s why many wanted him to melt. In fact, snowman represented frost, blizzard, short daylight hours, cold and other winter woes! Indeed, Snowman was the spirit of winter since ancient pagan times. Nevertheless, surrounded by a lot of prejudice, Snowman has survived. And in some areas of tsarists Russia, instead of January people used the word “snowman”! In addition, some sources also claim that the Slavs believed in living in the winter sky some nymphs who commanded snow, fog and snowstorm. And they sculpted snowmen to glorify and to honor them.
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Slavic calendar 2015 White Owl year

Slavic calendar 2015 White Owl year

Slavic calendar 2015 White Owl year

Slavic calendar 2015 White Owl year

While the majority of people choose their figurines, toys, magnets, calendars, and greeting cards with symbols of 2015 – sheep and goat, supporters of Slavic traditions hasten to remind: Sheep and Goat – symbols of eastern horoscope. According to the Slavic calendar, 2015 is a year of White Owl, the most intelligent bird. Owls – wise calm birds, they represent the age-old folk wisdom, clarity of mind and intuition. Slavic horoscope of animals reflects the harmonious unity of man and nature. It consists of a cycle of 16 years. By the calendar of the ancient Slavs year began on the day of the vernal equinox. Therefore Slavic animal horoscope begins on March 21, that is, if you were born before this date, you should take into account the previous totem.
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2015 Blue Wooden goat

2015 Blue Wooden goat. Blue goat with a kid 2015 Gzhel porcelain sculpture, photo from website gzheli.net

2015 Blue Wooden goat. Blue goat with a kid 2015 Gzhel porcelain sculpture, photo from website gzheli.net

According to the eastern calendar, upcoming 2015 will be managed by Blue Wooden goat, or sheep. Although it will come into power only 19 of February, but in Russia it is the tradition to welcome it on the 31st of December. Before you prepare Christmas gifts or decide what to wear on New Year’s celebration, and how to lay the table, it is better to know what energy elements and symbols correspond to the symbol of new year.
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Christmas with vintage actresses

Ava Gardner. Christmas with vintage actresses

Christmas with vintage actresses. Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990)

Christmas with vintage actresses.
Let us celebrate Christmas with our favorite Hollywood and European cinema vintage beauties. Timeless charm of the film stars of the XX century was due to the arrival of film and television production. Under those circumstances, beautiful actresses became famous immediately and forever. Their familiar faces appeared on our TV screens, day by day, making them a part of our life, and even relatives, such as family members. Indeed, we met Christmas, New Year’s day, any other significant holiday with them, sitting at the festive table and watching TV. As for the first photo in my post, beautiful American actress Ava Gardner was born just on the Christmas eve, December 24, 1922, so, she is the first in my post.
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Blue Horse 2014

Blue Horse 2014. Perth horse silver coin

Blue Horse 2014. Perth horse silver coin, Australia

Blue Horse 2014.
Horse is energetic, hardy, often impatient. Blue wooden horse is ready to help everyone and provide any support. Some astrologers say that the coming 2014 is a year of green horse. People born in the Year of the Horse include birth dates in 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014. The Perth Mint in Australia has released the first of the 2014 “Year of the Horse” Silver coins. Minted as part of the Australian Silver Lunar Coin Series, these coins have limited worldwide mintage and a new design each year representing the ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar. The magnificent Silver Horses is finely detailed on the reverse. The Chinese symbol for Horse appears, along with the English inscription “Year of the Horse.”
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Monastic festival Tsechu in Bhutan

Monastic festival Tsechu in Bhutan

Monastic festival Tsechu in Bhutan

Monastic festival Tsechu in Bhutan
Paro is a city in western Bhutan with a population of 15 000 inhabitants, located at an altitude of 2,400 meters. Here, richly carved, painted wood distinguishes Paro Dzong, a fortress-monastery in Bhutan that sits above the town of Paro and serves as its religious center. A tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalaya, traditionally isolated Bhutan has in recent years become the tourist destination. A balance of playful yellow and passionate red, orange attract attention of hundreds of tourists who arrive in Paro during the annual monastic festivals (Tsechu).
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