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Ancient Celebrations Of The Christmas Holiday
Christmas may very well be the oldest holiday that is shared across the many cultures of the world; it is traditionally celebrated during the winter season (or even the warm summer season if you count Australia, where Christmas is celebrated as an official holiday). Before Christmas was celebrated, people were finding time to celebrate in Europe during the winter holiday before the birth of Jesus Christ ever even occurred! The Winter Solstice has always been a time to celebrate and rejoice; it is celebrated on December 21 in the northern hemisphere and it was after the Winter Solstice that...

You Must Have Heard About Brazilian “Carnival”
The great popular party takes place in Brazil, dragging millions of people to take the streets and celebrate life. Ask anyone about “Carnival” and chances are they will know what it is. Besides, for any foreigner interested in the South American country, Carnival is one of the first words they learn how to say in Portuguese. The festivity of live entertainment is so great that it has become one of the major references of Brazilian culture.However, Carnival is not genuinely a Brazilian celebration. Back to ancient times, the historical research found that carnival festivities un...

Casinos. History Of Gambling In Brief.
Game is a very peculiar side of the human life that has its own laws, which do not fit into the framework of traditional logic. Here reigns His Majesty Chance and everything is relative: the weak can defeat the strong, the cunning can make a fool of himself, the poor can become rich, and vice versa.Gamble opens up new possibilities of the personality, which are often not displayed in ordinary life. Almost everybody wants to get rich at once, without any efforts. Game gives a hope for this, but luck is destiny of the chosen ones.Origins of the game.Game and gamble has followed the humanity...

Christmas FAQ: Learning More About Christmas
* Why do people put up Christmas trees?The tradition of the Christmas tree is a remnant of the old pagan tradition of worshipping trees. This paved the way for the popularity of Christmas tree decorations in people's homes during Christmas season.* Why is Christmas on December 25th?Many people believe Jesus was born on December 25, but there is no historical evidence for this. In fact, historical evidence points to spring as the time when Jesus was born.It's most likely that December 25 became Christmas Day by a slick political move. By three or four centuries after Christ, Christians...

The History of Christmas Trees
Many historians and anthropologists agree that the history of christmas trees begins in post-primeval times, just as agricultural societies were developing across the globe. Christmas did not exist. It was simply, in one culture or another, a pagan celebration of the winter solstice. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year which usually occurs on the 22nd or 23rd of December. The boughs of evergreen trees were brought indoors to protect inhabitants from the evil spirits that could cause starvation and illness.Ancient peoples also scattered evergreen boughs over their floors, d...

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