Customs and beliefs at Christmas, New Year and ceremonies

le rite des coups de feu
Did you know ?
In Corsica, it is customary to fire shots in the air for Christmas, New Year and certain other ceremonies ..

Yes, but why ?

Extending culturally throughout the US, Asia, Corsica, and also the Maghreb – this tradition permits the celebration of holidays such as New Year, along with religious holidays.

While the powder was originally created to make noise, the historian Constantin Parvulesco believes that shooting in the air sometimes takes on a ritualised and religious dimension.

Gunshots in the air also register within a symbolic dimension. “Weapons are intimately associated with the concept of freedom in many countries. Therefore, firing in the air is a means of expression. Weapons have also been an important element of differentiation between freedom and slavery, over a long period of time” – analysis by Constantin Parvulesco, author of ‘Guns: war, hunting, defense’.

Source: Corse Passion

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