Russian customs and traditions dating
Within a year of their arrival in 1850, Chinese immigrants in San Francisco established a Chinatown. Excluded from the larger society, Chinatown was home.Parallel patterns of community development occurred with Japanese immigrants who quickly established Japantown’s and Little Tokyo’s in the 1890’s and with Filipino immigrants who settled in Manilatown’s in the 1920’s up and down the West Coast.A Pandit, who has selected the day of the wedding based on the bride and groom’s horoscopes, conducts a prayer with family members to provide the couple with a happily married life.The wedding altar (mandapa) is built the day of and the groom is welcomed by his future mother in law where his feet are then washed and he is offered milk and honey.Vietnamese culture may be still mysterious and unknown to most people outside the country.Today, more and more people are going to Vietnam for traveling and doing business.Nevertheless, with all new immigrants excluded and no women to produce a second generation, the communities were condemned to extinction. For some, a Chinese American’s real son successfully joined him in this way.Through a combination of ingenuity and serendipity, however, Chinese devised an “extra-legal” way to sustain their community’s future. In a few cases, an immigrant’s wife joined him by pretending to be his daughter.
An Indian groom typically wears a turban with a veil of flowers to protect him from evil spirits.Indian weddings are traditionally multi-day affairs, and involve many intricate ceremonies, such as the painting of the hands and feet of the bride called a mehndi.Garlands are presented to guests of honor instead of corsages, and lots of flower or rose petals are thrown for good luck.It is marked by parties, parades, live performances of music and, most famously, masquerade balls.
Masks are worn throughout Carnivale, ranging from simple half-face masks to elaborate full-face masks called bauta.Those fireworks ignite other fireworks which cover the tower, which soon catches fire in a shower of colored sparks and explosions. Every September 3, the city of Viterbo celebrates La Macchina di Santa Rosa in thanks to Santa Maria Rosa, whom they credit with saving their city from disease in the 1600s.