November 16 is Button Day!
In fact, nobody knows exactly who and when created this holiday. And it means you can celebrate it today, however you want. First of all, November 16 is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. We even don’t know exactly who invented the button. According to some sources, it was the Greeks or the Romans. But according to others, made of ivory, the button came from Asia. However, buttons became widespread only in the XIII century. And almost to the XVIII century were a sign of wealth and noble birth. Kings and aristocracy could afford to order buttons of gold and silver. At the beginning of the XVIII century buttons were mostly made of metal and copper. However, almost to the end of the XIX century buttons were so expensive that they alter from one garment to another.
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November 16 is Button Day!
Snow sculptures Sapporo Snow Festival
Undoubtedly, one of Japan’s largest winter events, Snow Festival attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year. Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see the hundreds of beautiful snow statues and ice sculptures. In particular, Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and the main street in Susukino. Meanwhile, for seven days in February 2012, these statues and sculptures (both large and small) turn Sapporo into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.
Why Russian Santa is the happiest in the world
Called Ded Moroz (Father Frost), Russian Santa, undoubtedly, is the happiest in the world. And in particular, he is happier than Western Santa. Why? In my opinion, the main difference between him and any Western Santa Claus – he is not alone. Indeed, this is so cool, as he has a beautiful young girl named Snegurochka, or Snow maiden. According to belief, she is his granddaughter. However, nobody knows anything about her parents, and there is no evidence she is his granddaughter. The fact is – she is just a beautiful girl who accompanies him everywhere. And this is a clue why he is endlessly happy.
Besides, Russian Father Frost doesn’t have to crawl through the dirty chimney, like a thief, to enter a house! Ded Moroz in Russia enters houses quite legally with his beautiful girl. Warmly welcomed in every house. And sometimes even too warmly.
In particular, there is a tradition to treat Russian Ded Moroz with a glass of vodka and delicious food, in every house. So, the fabulous couple visits lots of houses per day… Imagine how our Father Frost looks and feels at the end of the day. And what about children, who are impatiently waiting for the meeting with Father Frost and Snegurochka? All they need to do to get a Christmas present – to tell a poem or sing a song, or just tell how well they behaved.
The Sarasota Chalk Festival
Held between November 1 – 7, 2011, Chalk Festival attracted 200,000 visitors to see artists from all over the world. In particular, how they transform Burns Square in downtown Sarasota into an outdoor museum gallery in motion. Meanwhile using chalk as their medium and the pavement as their canvas. Noteworthy, during the closing ceremonies, the artists received 24 Medals of Recognition.
According to Denise Kowal, the founder, there is no other event that brings the quality of talent this up close and personal for everyone to enjoy and interact with while it is also free to all.
Christmas decorations factory in Klin
One of the attractions located near Moscow – Russia’s only museum of Christmas decorations. “Klinskoye podvorie” – the name of the museum. In fact, the museum is a part of the famous factory of Christmas toys “Christmas tree”. And both – located in the historic and very beautiful city of Klin. Meanwhile, the Christmas toy museum consists of 12 rooms, And each of the rooms tells a story about the origin and development of glass crafts.
In the first room of the museum you will meet our Christmas tree, decorated with sugar roses and apples. In fact, the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree has more than one century. Traditionally, in the XIX century, people decorated a holiday tree with all sorts of sweets, nuts, apples, and funny figures from paper. Also cardboard, fabric and foil toys. Gradually, glass Christmas ornaments have become more popular.
The Menton lemon festival
Held on the traditional carnival date, 40 days before Lent, The Lemon Festival is quite unique and beautiful event. Famous in the world, it attracts each year more than 230,000 visitors – a constantly increasing attendance. In fact, it is the second biggest event on the French Riviera, after the Carnival of Nice and before the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. Noteworthy, the services of over 300 professionals take part in it, and it requires 145 tons of citrus fruit.
The Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) usually takes place between mid-February until March in Menton. The city, located in Alps-Maritimes, in the beautiful area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France. Naturally, the lemon has become Menton’s symbol, routed in old local traditions with the new motto “My City is a Garden”.