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In Ivrea city, Italy. The core celebration of carnival is based on a locally famous Battle of the Oranges. Report Abuse
687 points - added 3 years ago by hrebollo - 2 comments
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segun el ketchup fui yo y la vrg
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It's so funny!
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In Greece, a child’s tooth is thrown onto the roof for good luck Report Abuse
254 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 15 comments
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children put their tooth under their pillow in exchange the tooth fairy will take the tooth and leave money. The tooth fairy actually being the parents.
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It's same here in Manipur too
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Uhm. I just used to flush it down a toilet :-|
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In India, its buried underground..
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The tooth is means nothing to me. Just tooth.
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` Its same in the Philippines
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In Bangladesh, we put it in rat-hole to have a nice and sharp teeth like the rats do!
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Its same in pakistan.
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Yes, thats crazy but here in Colombia we use to do the same.
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In Canada, we put it under the child's pillow for the tooth fairy.
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it is to avoid accidental injury if left on ground. it will cause major infection. hence it is made religious custom..
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YES WE DO!
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Same in India. But they cover the tooth in cow dung and throw it on roof.
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the same thing is done in Jamaica
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The same is done is Bulgaria.
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Krampus Night Report Abuse
Celebrated in Austria on December 5th, Krampus is described as Santa Claus’ evil twin brother!
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In Indonesia, a person points with their thumb as it’s considered very rude to point with a forefinger Report Abuse
54 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 3 comments
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Same in Bangladesh.
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Many MP's do it in the U.K.
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This belief is also common in some other south-east Asian countries like Malaysia and Brunei.
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In Brazil, New Year’s Day is celebrated with a bowl of lentil soup as the lentil is considered a symbol of wealth Report Abuse
52 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 2 comments
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In the US it is black eyed peas that we eat on New Years Day to bring good luck throughout the year.
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This is true!
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The Fulani Sharo Tradition Report Abuse
A coming of age ceremony celebrated in some parts of Africa
49 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 2 comments
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The Fulani's are different from the Yoruba. therefore, the tradition can not be a common thing among the Yorubas as one commented in the post.
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This is known among the Yorubas and the Ashantis(Nigeria-Ghana Fulanis)
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The Bahai People of Iran have their own calendar consisting of nineteen months each with nineteen days Report Abuse
38 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 3 comments
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New years is march 21 for them and there are five intercalendary days thats makes up for the left over days in the year. They have a diff calendar because of their religion, and its Baha'is everywhere. Its a diff calendar like the Muslims have.
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And what about their New Year?Then they have only 361 days in a year/it is strange!
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then you need to get 19 points ^^
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Wedding celebrations can involve five parties in some parts of the Middle East, beginning with the engagement party and ending with the wedding shower, seven days after the marriage Report Abuse
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after the marriage?
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In Manipur it consists of five events 1. Mangol Kaba (proposal from elder, parents to parents) 2. Waroipot (final deal somewhat like engagement) 3. Heijing Kharai (religious event one or two days before the wedding) 4. Luhongba (The wedding ceremony) 5. Mangani chakkouba ( Feast at bride's resident with bride's party and groom's party)
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It had been once so commen in iran too,but not now. People are not as rich as before!
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that's true , i dont know how bird do all that. this is so pupilar in uea
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Tooth Fairy Report Abuse
In many Western cultures, children leave teeth under their pillow for the tooth fairy to collect - usually in return for some money!
23 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 5 comments
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We actually have a tooth mouse in South Africa.
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is that not normal in other countries
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in children's world everything is possible; I can't consider it strange for them
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Pretty sure no one from the respective culture thinks their traditions are 'strange/unusual'. So just because you do it does not make any less 'strange' for someone from another culture.
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that is not strange...we do that here
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A Norwegian bride traditionally wears a silver crown with dangling charms to ward off evil spirits Report Abuse
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not true.
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Gold and silver coins are placed inside a brides wedding shoes in Sweden Report Abuse
20 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 3 comments
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We put a silver 6 pence in our shoe when we get married, scotland.
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I´m swedish and i`ve never heard of this before.
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That is sort of like when the bride sometimes puts a penny in her shoe here in america.
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21.-When someone Loves in Mexico, we usually keep quiet, dont say anything bout it to the girl. Report Abuse
19 points - added 1 year ago by guest - 3 comments
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What a nunca of nonsense! In Mexico they serenade there sweetheart with mariachis. Mexico is the flower capital of the world.
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this is realy true im mexica too
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this is not true! i never even heard about this and iam mexican!
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Zwarte Piet Report Abuse
In the Netherlands, Santa has a helper named Zwarte Piet or Black Pete
19 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 2 comments
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It's Sinterklaas indeed, but the name Santa did come from the Dutch Sinterklaas.
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Actualy it's not Santa, it's Sinterklaas.
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Father Frost Report Abuse
In Russia, Father Frost brings presents for the children on New Year’s Day
18 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 1 comment
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It true, it's really cool!
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Shoes must always be removed before entering a Japanese home Report Abuse
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Big tradition here in Turkey
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Same in Manipur. In Manipur a home is considered a temple and it is a respectable manner to remove shoes before entering the porch area
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in portugal you never go barefoot, you either have your shoes on or you change into sleepers (only in your own home)
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Of course!!!!!!!!! it's not unusual it's in India too...:)
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I've found that in many European cultures (obviously + some others) this is true. Or cultures which come from places where you may get mud/dirt/snow etc. on your carpets etc. if you leave them on. In Australia it is pretty normal to walk around inside with shoes on.
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Also in the Philippines!
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such stupidy
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it's normal to take your shoes off before entering your home. Do you have any idea, how much bacteria and other stuff you walk on which get stuck on your shoes? You SHOULD take your shoes off before entering any home.
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I think every country has this kingvof restrictions. Anyway, way better and sanitary if a guest leaves thwir shoes outside. Haha
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most countries have that traditional
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Hawaii does the same thing - the tradition came with Japanese immigrants. (Although, the original Native Hawaiians didn't have a whole lot in the way of footwear.)
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In Hungary we always put down our shoeses.
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in India too
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It's the same in Slovakia and in Central Europe as well
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yeah, that's exactly what Iranian families are careful about; it looks unwelcoming if a guest doesn't take off the shoes. However, there are some people who consider wearing their shoes at home a formal style of dressing for parties or ceremonies.
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yes,in Iran is the same too.even if a house don`t have carpets you must take off your shoes.
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Surprising... Its a traditional Indian custom as well...
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It`s the same in swedish households aswell.
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YUP!!!my sister tried id
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Uh, yeah.... My family does this in the U.S. too. Hate people who walk in with their shoes on.
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In Iran It's very important to take off your shoes,because 99% of the houses have carpets and they must stay clean
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Why is it so strange? In Poland it is normal.
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Actually, this holds true for Indian households as well. And probably for many others too.
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In Thailand it’s considered very rude to cross your legs in public Report Abuse
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In the US it is considered rude if a lady does not cross her legs
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same in Manipur
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no it isn't. I have live there for years! It is only rude to show the soles of your feet directly to people. If you sit sensibly it doesn't matter whether or not your legs are crossed.
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also in iran
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In Bangladesh, it is also the same before the elders
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weird
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Thailand is not bad at all.
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Thailand is the best!
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Amazing what shows up on the internet. I've lived in Thailand for over 10 years, and I assure that this is NOT the case. Perhaps you've got it confused with pointing the bottom of one's foot at another person. This is considered very rude, as is touching the top of another person's head.
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thailand is good
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‘Morning Mr Magpie’ Report Abuse
Often said by people in the UK to counteract the bad luck brought by the sighting of a single magpie
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This is almost true. We generally tend to salute the magpie too.
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I do this all the time :P
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A traditional Christmas Day meal in Latvia consists of cooked brown peas with pork sauce and cabbage Report Abuse
10 points - added 4 years ago by kris - 2 comments
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they realy do cook brown peas with pork sause and cabbage.
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And what's so unusual about this? It's like considering unusual the english "ham & eggs" breakfast . It's simply a matter of opinion. And taste.
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In the Philippines, it is prohibited for a couple to get married if a relative dies on the same year the wedding is supposed to happen. It is also a bad omen when 2 members of the family got married on the same year. Report Abuse
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But not for one year!only for some month like 50 days same as Iran.
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yes. it is a sign of respect for the soul of the dead.
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Japanese children cover their tummy button when they hear thunder Report Abuse
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They have childrens stories where the Thunder Oni (literally a demon who appears when thunder comes) steals their belly buttons. :)
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How funny it is?
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I wonder why. This is very unusual.
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Foot Binding Report Abuse
A painful Chinese tradition that only stopped in the 1930s
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It did too hurt badly. Each toe was broken then a slit was cut in the bottom of the foot to tuck the toes in. Then they were wrapped and bound.
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Omg, Are you kidding me!? Footbinding is crippling and very painful. Just google it, holy crap.
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For the Chinese women it didn't actually hurt that much. They start when they are young so their feet just end up growing in the bindings so it doesn't cause them a lot of pain.
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A beauty ritual for women to keep their feet from growing too large.
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At a Caribbean wedding ceremony, the groom never has a best-man Report Abuse
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In Portugal you have Godparents (they kind of work as maid of honor and best man)
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In many parts of the world, folks wonder if there really is such a thing as a "Maid of Honor" and who the "Best Man" really is - just sayin'
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in Iran some of the brides and grooms have maid of honor and best man and they are always kid.the bride choose a little girl from her family to be her maid of honor,and the groom choose a little boy as his best man.
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that"s not true. I was born and still live in the Caribbean and grooms do have best men, they do not make as much a big deal of it as the maid of honor for the bride
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yes in iran most of people do not have a best man or bride maid in own wedding ceremony
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MOST of the cultures around the world do not have "best-men" as wedding accessories. This post should have been written "Strange and funny fact: In the USA the groom has a dude who wipes his tears, called thebest man"
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There are many cultures from around the world where 'bestman' and 'maid of honour' do not exist in weddings. Those who practice this culture now are mostly influenced by the western countries. Colonialism may also have played a part on this.
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