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The story of the Ukrainian Easter egg


The egg is a symbol of new life and rebirth - this meaning was known to all peoples in ancient times. On the territory of Ukraine, even today, the usual egg-eating at the dawn of Easter, after the end of the service in the churches, has been massively popular.


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History of Ukrainian embroidery


The first embroideries on the territory of Ukraine appeared in the time of the Scythians. Archaeological excavations confirm that male figurines found in Cherkasy, created as early as the 6th century, have in their decoration not only features of Ukrainian clothing of the 18th-19th centuries, but also elements of ancient ornamentation. The Arab traveler also talked about the same ornament in his descriptions of the Rus, which date back to the 10th century.


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History of traditional crafts from Esfahan, Iran


Isfahan from ancient time is a major center of traditional crafts in Persia. Isfahan's handicrafts include textiles, carpets, woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, painting, and various types of inlay work. The work is done in a variety of settings, including small industrial and bazaar workshops, the homes of artisans and women, and rural handicrafts.


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Mexican Folk Art


Folk art is not an easy word to define. Some folk art is made for sale to collectors. Other things considered folk art by some are made to be used everyday, such as hand-made children's toys. Some folk art in Mexico has been influenced by the Spanish while other folk art is based on traditional Indian arts and craft. Today, about 8 percent of the Mexican population, many of them Indian, earns a living making and selling forms of folk art and craft. Folk arts often begin with the creative ideas of a single person or a family and are then taken up by others in the village. Although folk art is based on shared traditions, it is constantly changing and evolving into new forms. 


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The spirit of Haida


What do you see when you look at Haida paintings? Another hidden picture? Geometric shapes and red and black colors? Yes, this is the Haida style, which was created and preserved to this day by the native inhabitants of North America, the Haida tribe. They decorated their own bodies with such drawings.


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Chinese New Year


The Chinese are the first in the world to welcome spring. This holiday is called Chinese New Year and is celebrated for two weeks. Traditionally, it was a time to honor the gods and ancestors, as well as a time for feasting and visiting family members.



Regional customs and traditions in China vary widely but share the same theme: seeing out the old year and welcoming in the luck and prosperity of a new year. The main Chinese New Year activities include are putting up decorations, offering sacrifices to ancestors,

eating reunion dinner with family on New Year's Eve, giving red envelopes and other gifts, firecrackers and fireworks, and

watching lion and dragon dances.