European leaders have expressed deep concern over the importation of Afghan asylum seekers in the wake of the NATO rout and retreat. Some claim to have cottoned on to what a London taxi driver could have told them years ago: ‘some suggesting that western governments may be welcoming terrorists who have disguised themselves as refugees.’
The traditional holiday in Aglona, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the most important annual event in the life of Catholics in Latvia. Many devotees embark on the pilgrimage and even go by foot to the shrine held annually on 14 and 15 August.
‘People often suffer from ideological intoxication; some even lose their sanity. There was a similar ideological intoxication in communist times, but I think many at the time were just pretending to be poisoned. Now, this intoxication is much more dangerous, because it is not imposed by force, it is gently and imperceptibly instilled – through the media, the public sphere, social networks. Therefore, many perceive these ideological dogmas as their own. Unfortunately, not all people are capable of analysis and understanding, ‘a professor at the University of Latvia, Dr. hist. Harijs Tumans. He is one of the founders of the Latvian Men’s Association. Today – an interview with Hariju Tumanu.
The summer solstice, known also as midsummer, will be celebrated on 20 June. It marks both the longest day and the shortest night of the year and is technically the official start of summer. It’s also one of Europe’s most celebrated and magical evenings, associated with St. John the Baptist but also with Pagan rituals.
More than one million people and close to one hundred different religious associations enjoy the wonderful festive atmosphere of this pilgrimage to the village of El Rocío.
Catholics across the world are taking part in colourful processions, as they celebrate Corpus Christi. The holy day symbolises their belief in the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, and his Real Presence in the Eucharist.
The feast of Green Week (Zielone Świątki) is celebrated in Poland around mid-May towards early June – it’s syncretized with the movable celebrations of Pentecost that starts 50 days after Easter. These festivities show many elements of pre-Christian Slavic spring rituals. 2021 date: May 23 / June 20 (Eastern).
When talking about burnout, the question arises: what about our great-grandmothers? Many women had 8-10 children, there were the household chores far more arduous than today. Then there was the cattle to look after, constant hard work, eternal lack of sleep, drinking often or missing husband and never a chance of vacation on the beach. How did they all not burn out?
The Osterreiten or Osterritt ( SorbianJutrowne jěchanje ; synonym cross riding ) is an old religious rituals in the form of a procession in which the resurrection of Christ is proclaimed. It is still cultivated as a Sorbian custom in the Catholic part of Upper Lusatia . There are also Easter horseback processions in Old Bavaria and Franconia , in Upper Silesia , North Bohemia and Moravia.
Siuda Baba, a person appearing on the Easter Monday in only a few villages in southern Poland, is a great example of how bits of the informations about the old religions and customs were carried on by rural communities over the long centuries and how they survived in a form of local folklore traditions.