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Published:September 20th, 2005 10:54 EST
The Past Is Alive In The Present

The Past Is Alive In The Present

By Ann Poludenko

A small multicolored ball " that is what the cosmonauts see gazing in the direction of their birthplace! In this, common ground may be found. Earth is our common home. No matter what country we live in, there is always something common for all of us. Not just about the common features in political systems of different countries, the similar types of climate on the same latitude, and it is not even about the most important and private dreams of every person on Earth.

All cultures have history, traditions. Many nations, families and individuals have realized the real value of their ethnic traditions and brought " them to their everyday life. The more we lose, the easier we understand the importance of the lost things. It`s very good that most nations of the 21 century have found the right place for the traditions of their grandfathers among all the modern technologies, new standards and principles.

Incredible how thoroughly people of  SAR (South African Republic)  hold the traditions of their forefathers. Shubash Lahmid is a successful manager of a big  international company in Pretoria (the capital).  When he is at work, he is just a modern businessman: sits at his modern computer, wears Gucci`s costumes and smokes long cigars, he keeps the political, economical and ethic rules of America, Germany , Spain and other highly developed countries in mind. He raises from the chair when the woman gets up, he speaks with his partners and colleagues as equals, no matter what age they are. But on weekends he goes to the country (small town) where his parents live, and he keeps old traditions of his forefathers. Shubash lays the table himself, takes away the boots of the guests, he does everything the elder people say " those are the traditions of his nation. The thing is that, in big cities, where the process of globalization captured all the spheres of our life, people don`t want to go back to their old ethnic traditions " unless they are turned into new rules of modern society.

Even in the fashion world, much more often, the ethnic motives are used. Today, when you see the citizenry of Peru in national embroider hat and cloak, or a Ukrainian wearing an embroidered shirt and handmade-like pendant, you`ll sooner consider him to be a goldfinch than a keeper of old traditions in clothes ".

Numerous ethnic and cultural festivals that take place in every country at least once a year, are proof that people of the 21 century not only like but enjoy the real treasures " left to them by their forefathers.