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Strange wedding traditions

Wedding traditions differ from culture to culture, nation to nation. Some of traditions are actually quite hard to explain. Here are just few examples of such traditions. Let's start with Korea. After the wedding ceremony, friends of the groom take off his socks, tie a rope around the ankles, and start beating soles of his feet with dried yellow corvina. Yellow corvina is kind of fish! It is done so to make the groom stronger before the first wedding night.
Korean wedding (photo by Talk)

Las Bolas de Fuego

Las Bolas de Fuego or "Balls of Fire" is a traditional event held every 31st of August in small town of Nejapa, El Salvador. The event was organized for the first time on the 15th of September 1922. Two groups of young people are throwing flaming balls at each other. These balls are made of old cloth and wire. They are soaked in petrol. Persons participating in the event are well protected. Nobody really gets hurt. Everything is one big party.
Las Bolas de Fuego in Nejapa, El Salvador


Playing polo with a dead goat
"Buzkashi" is a traditional sport played in Central Asia. It is also known as "Kok-boru" or "Oglak Tartis". During the game, a rider tries to grab a headless goat or calf and throw it across a goal line or into a target circle called "vat". Dead animal used in Buzkashi is beheaded. Its bowls are taken out. Limbs are cut off at knees. Before being used in the game body is kept in water for 24 hours. This is done to make it tougher. In some situations organizers put some sand inside the body to make it heavier. Goat is used as "ball" in Buzkashi only when there is no calf available.

Haro Wine Festival

Haro Wine Festival is organized in the town of Haro located in the northern Spanish region of La Roja. The festival is held on the San Pedro (Saint Peter) day, the 29th June. The highlight of this festival is so called Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine). Everything starts at 7.00 a.m. with a procession involving locals wearing white shirts and red scarves. Everyone carries jugs and similar containers full of wine. The procession is lead by the town's mayor riding a horse.
Haro Wine Festival

10 strange traditions (2)

After finishing first article about 10 strange traditions, which you can find at this web site, I thought why not write more. So, here is the second one. Enjoy! 1) Yunnan is the Chinese region located in the far southwest of China. In the west of Yunnan people put a tile made object in the middle of the ridge. The object looks similar to cat so local people called it the "Tile Cat". It is believed that the Tile Cat can eat monsters and evil spirits and that way be the protector of the family.
Tile Cat

10 strange traditions (1)

What is strange often depends from which perspective you look at certain matter. Different societies have many different traditions. In this article I tried to describe 10 strange traditions. 1) Cooper's Hill is a place near Gloucester, the city in the southwest of England. The fascinating event held at the hill is actually organized by people of village Brockworth. The full name of the event is Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. It is held on Spring Bank Holiday, which is on the last Monday in May. The event is more than 200 years old.

Crosses of Porcon

Crosses of Porcon or Cruces de Porcon is a traditional Easter week festival organized in Peruvian town of Granja Porcon, Cajamarca Region. The main day of this festival is Palm Sunday. Four different ceremonies are organized then. First one, the crowning of the crosses. The second one, the greeting of the Lord at the home of the mayordomo (the „boss“ who organizes the whole festival). The third one, the various responses sung in Quechua and Latin. And the fourth one, the procession to the plantation chapel.

Easter in Australia

Easter in Australia is celebrated in the Autumn. It is so as Australia is located in the southern hemisphere. Easter for Australians starts on Good Friday and ends on Easter Monday. Like in other parts of the world Easter is time of praying and family gathering. Egg knocking game is very popular. How is it played? A participant holds an Easter egg and taps it with someone else's egg. A person whose egg survives, meaning whose egg shell does not get cracked, wins.

Holy Week in the Philippines

Holy Week or Mahal na Araw in the Philippines includes numerous traditional events. This is the country where Roman Catholics make 81% of population. 5% of Filipinos belong to Protestant churches. 4% of population belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Philippine Independent Church, Seventh Day Adventist, United Church of Christ and other Christian communities. Christianity of the country was in many ways influenced by the Spaniards who ruled the country for more than 300 years.

Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges

Bruges (in Dutch Brugge) is a wonderful Belgian city located in the West Flanders region. Due to its numerous canals it is often called "The Venice of the North". The Ascension day is celebrated on Thursday, the 40th day after Easter Sunday. On the Ascension day people of Bruges organize the Procession of the Holy Blood. The city has the relic of Blood of Christ. It is believed that this relic turns from coagulated state to liquid exactly on the Ascension day.

Easter in Lebanon

Easter in Lebanon is celebrated by local Christian communities (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syriac Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Coptic, Protestant). Christians make about 40% of Lebanese population. One of delicacies prepared for Easter in Lebanon is Maamoul. Maamoul are little cakes that are made with semolina, sugar, pound butter and water. They are filled with walnuts, dates or pistachios. After baking they are covered with some icing sugar.


The Dinka nation of cattle herders live in the south of Sudan (the Bahr el Ghazal region of the Nile basin, Jonglei and parts of southern Kordufan and Upper Nile regions). They inhabit the present area for at least 400 years. They call themselves "Moinjaang" or "the people of the people".
Dinka flag Dinka flag

Drums of Burundi

Burundi is a small country of some 8 million people located in the east of Africa. Drum has an important symbolic meaning in the life of local population. It used to be a mean of communication. Drum was also important during battles. The side who captured the drum of the opponent won the battle. Drum used to symbolize maternity. Different parts of a drum have names like for example breast or womb. Drums are still used at many birth celebrations, weddings, funerals etc. They were used at coronations too.


Vogalonga is a non-competitive regatta held in the Italian city of Venice. The idea for this tradition was born on the Saint Martin's Day in 1974. Groups of local rowers, participating in the Mascarete regatta, decided to form an event that would involve both professionals and amateurs sailing in various types of boats. The first Vogalonda was held on the 26 of January, 1975. Each year thousands of people participate in the regatta. In 2013 it is going to be organized on the 19th of May.
Vogalonga Vogalonga

Fruit - more than food

Almost everyone likes some kind of fruit. They are rich in vitamins and minerals. They represent highly important part of human diet. World religions, mythology and local folk beliefs often gave the fruit symbolic, kind of mysterious meaning. In the story of Adam and Eve from Genesis, the first book of the Bible, apple symbolizes temptation. Some claim that the Bible does not mention any specific type of fruit. They say that many talk of apple as forbidden fruit mainly due to medieval art where the story was shown including apple.

Japanese greeting customs

People in Japan greet each other by bowing. When you meet a person you should bow and that way show respect. When doing so your palms should be on your thighs or at the lap. Your heals should be put together. According to the angle the body makes there are three types of bowing – “eshaku” or greeting bowing – 5 degrees, “futsuu rei” or respect bowing – 30 degrees and “saikei rei” or highest respect bowing – 45 degrees. Longer and deeper bowing is present at more formal occasions.
Japanese women bowing


Mallakhamb or malkhamb is a traditional Indian sport. The person competing in it performs different figures in coordination with a pole or rope. The pole is usually made of teak or sheesham wood. Let's now split the word “mallakhamb” in two. Word “malla” means a gymnast or strong man and word “khamb” means a pole. Term mallakhamb was first mentioned in 1135 AD by Somesvara Chalukya in his famous work “Manasollasa”. At the beginning mallakhamb was only one form of practice for wrestlers.
Mallakhamb Mallakhamb

Opera dei Pupi

People of Sicily are proud of their puppet theatre known as Opera dei Pupi or in Sicilian Opira dî Pupi. It includes beautiful handmade marionette puppets. These puppets are made of wood. Two centres of the Sicilian puppetry are Palermo and Catania. Puppets from Catania are twice the size of those from Palermo. There are some differences in shape of puppets. Operating techniques used during plays also differ a bit. Puppets similar to those Sicilian ones exist in Naples and in the Italian province of Puglia (Apulia).

Animal blood as food

All over the world animal blood is often used in preparation of different dishes. Blood sausage or black pudding exists in various European and Latin American countries. During preparation of these sausages pig or cattle blood is mixed with other ingredients such as meat, bread, rice, barley etc. In Scandinavian and Baltic countries people use blood in certain types of pancakes. In Sweden they are called blodplättar. The Finns call them veriohukainen. Those Estonian ones are known as veripannkoogid.

Colada morada and Guaguas de pan

The celebration of Day of the Dead (Dia de Difuntos) in Ecuador has lot to do with consuming large quantities of “colada morada” and “guaguas de pan”. Colada morada is a traditional Ecuadorian drink made with black corn flour and different fruit like pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries etc. Guagua de pan (in Quechua guagua is baby, in Spanish pan is bread) is a bread roll made in the shape of a baby. It is made of wheat flour. It sometimes contains filling.