Winter is almost over. Spring starts soon. It's almost time to say goodbye to winter. There are pros and then there are cons. There’s always an end to everything. Whether it’s good, or bad. Whether it’s lightness or darkness. People celebrate many cultures in different parts of the world to bid farewell to winter, as well as to their inner darkness.
Different groups of people, in different cultures, have their own ways of saying goodbye to winter. As for myself, I believe in various cultures. You must be thinking how crazy I am. But no!! I actually have a multicultural background. My mom (Russian) and dad (Hungarian) met in Moscow and fell in love. Love at first sight! Well..or maybe second!
Well, I don’t have a history of ancestors from different cultures throughout the world. So let me list only some of them that I celebrate!
Carnival, which is more commonly known as Farsang, in Hungary, is celebrated after 6th January until Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent in Western Christianity). If you see from a religious point of view, this is a time to enjoy partying and eating before the Christian fasting period starts.
In Hungary, we people including both children and adults dress up in costumes (Not so creepy like the Halloween) and have a party, eat cake etc.
Oh, and we also eat donuts, known as fánk. My God! They are so delicious!
And one of the most fun things to do in Carnival is the raffle. We put pieces of paper (with numbers) into donuts and those who eat them, win prizes based on the numbers.
You may have heard of the frightening, devil-like creatures wearing horned wooden masks and huge sheepskin costumes, who comes out at the end of the Carnival season, in rowboats, in the city of Mohács, Hungary.
The city is a few kilometers away from the city I live in.
It is an annual celebration of the Šokci, living in the town of Mohács, and held at the end of the Carnival season, and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Thus, the most important, they do these to scare off winter and welcome spring. The event consists of music, dance performance, and a huge parade.
As the sun sleeps, the celebration winds down with a large bonfire in the main square. A coffin, that symbolizes winter, is burned as well, while the people dance in a circle around it. It's quite crowded...but it's a whole lot fun.
First of all, if you are on a diet, you have to sacrifice it. Cause this religious celebration consists of three weeks, with no limitations in the diet. Eat, eat, and eat! To prepare yourself for a long fast, before Lent begins.
This festival is originated from my mother’s country (Russia), and the tradition mainly consists of baking pancakes. As the name suggests (maslo, which means butter in Russian), are round and golden pancakes. They are served with caviar, mushrooms, jam, sour cream, and of course, lots of butter.
We believe that the round figure embodies the sun, helping to warm up the frozen earth. It is also believed that the circle protects us from evil.
At Maslenitsa, pancakes are cooked in very large quantities and are given to friends and family all through the week.
Simply put, culture is like water for fish. Every single country has their own cultures. It influences the manner we learn, live and behave. It plays an important role in shaping our personalities.
Creativity also plays a big role in these cultural events. It is a cultural concept that evolves with time and across countries.
Creativity is a human capacity that comes into play in a variety of contexts, especially in the production of culture.
In winter, many loose a bit of spirit due to the extreme cold outside. We feel lazy and we just want to stay inside more. We sometimes get depressed as well.
So these cultural celebrations are like a Spring Rituals for the soul.
My name is Katalin Bátor-Hős. I’m a supporter of life explorers, Visionary Life Creator and Soul Treasure Hunter. I am a Creatively Fit Coach™, psychosomatic hypnotherapist, life coach, soul therapist and kinesiologist with a passion for intuitive painting as part of intuitive living through creative expression. As an avid learner, I’ve always wanted to discover more and make connections between different fields of knowledge I’ve gained in my path to see and show others the whole picture.