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10 MIND BLOWING TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
When we think we have had it all is when we hear a mind blowing fact that makes us question if we truly exist on this planet.
Weeeelll, we do!
And here’s another, 10 traditions from around the world that would leave you speechless!
1.No toilet paper, India
Many travelers will be surprised to find that in India toilet paper is not commonly found in bathrooms. In fact, water from a small bucket found next to the toilet is used instead to wash up afterward. Using toilet paper is generally a bad idea, as it might clog the pipes and creates extra waste.
2. No the bathroom after marriage, Indonesia
In the community of Tidong in Indonesia, newly wed couples are
not allowed to go to the bathroom for 3 days after being wed. If they do, it’s considered bad luck for their marriage. The newlyweds are watched over by their family members who ensure they don’t break this tradition, while given small amounts of food and water.
3. Greet others by spitting, Maasai
While spitting is considered rude in many cultures, in the Kenyan Maasai tribe it is the customary way of greeting and showing respect. Members of the tribe will spit into their hands before shaking them, and they also do this to newborn babies or even a bride to bless them and bring them good luck.
4. Don’t gift a yellow rose in Mexico
Roses are a great gift to show emotion just about anywhere in the world. However, when choosing a color, some countries relate special meanings to certain roses. In Mexico, it’s better to stick to a traditional red rose rather than a yellow rose, which means death in Mexican culture.
5. Smashing plates before a wedding, Germany
A few weeks before a German wedding, a tradition known as Polterabend takes place. The couple’s guests bring pottery which is smashed at the couple’s home. Afterward the bride and groom have to clean up the mess, an act which is believed to bring good luck and encourage teamwork for their upcoming marriage.
6. Throwing cinnamon on single people, Denmark
An old tradition from 16th century Denmark still persists today. If a person remains single on their birthday, their friends will shower them with cinnamon. The tradition is a reference to the Danish spice merchants who often had no time for marriage due to their travels around the continent.
7. Arrive late, Venezuela
Whether you’re attending an event, a meeting, or a party in Venezuela, it’s common for people to arrive later than originally planned. Venezuelans enjoy a relaxed pace when it comes to business, and for big social events arriving late simply means making a big entrance.
8. Don’t clink glasses before drinking, Hungary
When visiting Hungary, one might be surprised to find out that people don’t clink glasses at the bar. This historical tradition comes from 1848, when Austria defeated the Hungarian revolution and celebrated by clinking glasses. As a result, Hungarians decided not to clink glasses for 150 years.
9. Getting bitten by bullet ants, Brazil
In the Brazilian tribe of Sateré-Mawé, when a boy comes of age he must perform a traditional dance while wearing gloves filled with bullet ants. This ceremony is a particularly challenging one, as the bite of a bullet ant is one of the most painful insect bites in the world.
10.Don’t use your left hand, Middle East
In a number of Middle Eastern countries, greeting someone or eating with one’s left hand can be considered rude and unsanitary. Since the left hand is used to clean oneself after going to the bathroom, it’s seen as the dirty hand never to be used at the dinner table or to greet friends.