8 Strange Traditions in the World
When you travel around the world you will encounter several cultures or rituals that seem odd, crazy, strange or even bizarre to you. Sometimes you will find it hard to understand them, whereas those rituals seem perfectly fine to the followers of that specific culture. However there is one thing you should keep in mind when observing these traditions. That is that all those rituals all over the world have always one thing in common: each ritual perfectly expresses the local culture.
To give you some insight into this subject we created a list of 8 strange traditions in the world.
1. La Tomatina in Spain
Always dreamed of a real-life food fight? Well your dream might come true at this tradition in Spain. La Tomatine is the biggest tomato fight in the world, annually held in the Valencian town of Buñol in Spain on the last Wednesday of August. Everyone on the streets throws tomatoes to each other, just for fun. You need to buy a ticket in advance to join the tomato fight.
2. Cheese-rolling in England
This tradition is already held for 200 years in Gloucester. Each year on the last Monday in May, participants stand on top of the Coopers Hill waiting for an enourmous wheel to roll a Double Gloucester Cheese off the hill. When the cheese starts rolling, everyone tries to chase it while slipping, tripping and tumbling down the way. The first one who catches the cheese can keep it!
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3. Throwing cinnamon at single people in Denmark
When you turn 25 years old, are unmarried and celebrating it in Denmark we advice you not to wear your best cloths. In Denmark it is a tradition that your friends ambush you on your birthday with a cinnamon shower all day. If that isn’t already bad enough, you should see what happens 5 years later when you turn 30 and you still haven’t been married. The spice is upgrated to pepper!
4. Sweet Coins in Bolivia
If you like pie and sweet desserts you should celebrate New Year’s Eve in Bolivia. All the pastry shops and bakeries prepare delicious cakes and desserts for this evening. However these cakes are not all normal cakes. In some of them you will find a coin. They believe that whoever finds a coin in their pastry will have endless good luck in the new year. So prepare yourself to taste many cakes this evening…
5. Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand
In Thailand they have a ritual that would bring good luck when joining, namely the monkey buffet festival. This festival is held on the last Sunday of November and you do not need to be surprised when you see monkeys opening a can of coca cola. Chefs spend hours on preparing buffets and the locals offer snacks, sweets, drinks and fruits to macaque monkeys. During this festival there are also many activities related to the monkeys: dancing, dressing like monkeys, monkey masks and a lot more.
6. Battle of the Oranges in Italy
During the ‘Carnevale di Ivrea’ the people of the city Ivrea recreate a historic fight between the people and a ruling tyrant. However the battle isn’t fought with guns and swords. Instead of that they use oranges. More than 500.000 grams of fresh oranges are bought for this ‘Battaglia delle Arance’ (Battle of the Oranges). It is a festival rich of history and highlighting the fight for freedom. That is where it is all about during the Ivrea festival.
7. Biscuit with aniseed balls (Beschuit met muisjes) in Holland
Biscuit with aniseed balls, biscuit with little mices… This all sounds really odd and unpleasant, but it is translated from Dutch and they happend to call this food in such a way that it sounds horrible when translating. Therefore it does not exist in other countries. This food is traditionally served to celebrate the birth of a baby. The biscuits are spread with butter and the ‘muisjes’ (aniseed balls/little mices) are sprinkled on top. For boys they have white and blue and for the girls white and pink.
8. Krampus Night in Austria
Merry – or not so merry – Christmas, you decide when traveling to Austria or Hungary with Christmas. There you will meet Krampus, the Bad Santa. It is a half-goat, half-demon who scares children into being nice and not naughty. According to the folklore, Krampus shows up in towns the night before December 6 which is known as Krampusnacht. During this night people get dressed as Krampus, as scary as possible, and celebrate the festival at the streets. So maybe the Christmas Carol “Santa Claus is coming to town” was right… “You better watch out”.
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