The diversity of world civilization makes the world colorful.Here are 25 seemingly strange, crazy or mad traditions from around the world.
No1. Teeth tossing in Greece:
Some cultures pop children’s teeth under their pillows and wait for a swap with cold hard cash by a fairy. Others throw a baby’s recently liberated tooth on their roofs.
No2. Baby Jumping in Spain:
Residents in a small Northern Community take part in baby jumping, called El Colacho, to keep the devil at bay. Men dressed as the devil run between and jump over infants, who are laid on mattresses along the streets.
No3. Avoiding using red ink in South Korea:
Based on their history and customs, red ink was used to write down names of dead people. It is therefore considered a taboo to write someone’s name in red.
No4. Initiation custom in Brazil:
It is strange how young boys prove their bravery and strength. In the Satare Mawe tribe they showcase the courage by placing hands in a basket filled with angry bullet ants. The bites are real pain.
No5. The Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand:
Some people might be surprised to be looking at some monkeys atop a buffet table, feasting on sumptuous dishes. In this annual festivity, over 3000 kgs of fruits and vegetables are fed to several monkeys that dwell in Lopburi, Bangkok.
No6. Tomato craze in Spain:
La Tomatina is the biggest tomato fight that exists. It is a strange culture among the Valencians in Bunol where tomatoes are used as weapons. Snowball fights are so last year.
No7. The Polterabend custom in Germany:
No8. Witches’ Night in the Czech Republic:
No9. The Blackening and Henna weddings in muslim countries:
No10. Bushido and Seppuku of Japan:
No11. Camel wrestling in Turkey:
No12. The Haka in New Zealand:
No13. Welcome drinks in Fiji:
No14. Blubbing Brides in China:
No15. Tooth filling in Indonesia:
In Bali, a rather peculiar ritual is performed by both genders before marriage. They fill two teeth. It is done to keep any evil forces or characteristics such as greed, lust, anger, stupidity, confusion, jealousy and intoxication away from the couple. None of the above? Sounds bloody boring to me.
No16. Antzar Eguna in Spain:
This well-known tradition means “The Day of the Geese.” On this occasion, a goose is covered with grease and is tied very high above a body of water. Gentlemen then try to get a hold of the goose as they jump from their boat. The objective is to rip off the goose’s head, as they grab it. An act that should sort of disqualify them from being called “Gentlemen”, I’d say. This competition is a test of their strength, endurance, and agility, which would make them eligible to wed the woman they adore. However, the custom is no longer practiced using a live goose, because of animal rights concerns. Additionally, The Day of the Geese is merely practiced in Lekeitio, as part of the feast in San Antolin.
No17. Foot binding in China:
Young girls were compelled to go through the painful process of foot binding. For almost a thousand years, the Chinese thought that small feet were marks of beauty and desirability among girls. This perception caused the Chinese men and women to intentionally restrict the girls’ feet from growing bigger by binding them. In the late 1940’s, this tradition was stopped because of the debilitating experience that young Chinese girls suffered from.
No18. The Nag Panchami festival in India:
This festival is all about worshipping snakes that are specially gathered for the occasion. It is celebrated in the rural areas Maharashtra and in certain temples. During Nag Panchami, people dance to the music carrying snakes in pots which are placed on their head and join the procession towards the temple. After chants and prayers, the snakes are sprinkled with a mixture of turmeric and red powder and offered a mix of honey and milk, after which they are released into the temple courtyard. Even though some of the most venomous snakes, including cobras, are used in the ritual, people suffering from snake bites is almost unheard of. Perhaps they know what they are doing.
No19. Burial Ritual in Brazil and Venezuela:
When a person of the Tanomani tribe dies, his or her body is burnt. The bone and ash powder is mixed into a plantain soup that the people attending will drink. They believe that this pleases the dead soul as it finds a resting place in their bodies.
No20. Krampuslauf in Austria, Bavaria, and Switzerland:
Krampuslauf is the scary, devil-like creatures called Krampus that carries cow bells, clank chains and rides through the streets of the Alpine regions scaring children and adults. Traditionally, young men dress as the Krampus and are accompanied by ‘Nikolaus’, or Santa. The Krampuslauf typically occurs in the first two weeks of December, although December 5 is the most favored date. In rural areas the Krampuslauf traditions sometimes include giving those unfortunate enough to be caught by the Krampus a light birching. The Krampus monsters are often linked to legends of succubus and incubus, the nocturnal, sexually predatory demons. The modern costume typically used on Krampuslauf consists of red wooden masks, black sheep’s skin and horns. The masks are typically hand-carved, and many people enjoy Krampuslauf competitions, competing for titles such as ‘best costume’ and ‘most scary’. The word Krampus has its origins in the old German word ‘Krampen’ which means, ‘Claw’. Many believe Krampuslauf to be a pre-Christian festival, drawing on pagan influences which have survived due to the isolated nature of the Alpine region.
No21. Piercings in India:
It is strange how Hindus show their devotion to the Lord through piercing their body parts including the tongue. This custom ritual, the Hindu Thaipusam Piercings, is bloody but colorful. And looks painful as hell. not for the faint-hearted.
No22. Burning witches in the Czech Republic:
Some of us celebrate the end of winter with a spring clean, while others take to the streets in elaborate carnival outfits for Mardi Gras. People here celebrate the temperate season in an entirely different way, by burning a hag on a bonfire. On the last night of April, many Czechs gather around hillside bonfires to celebrate Paleni Carodejnic, the annual burning of witches. To keep the hags at bay, the locals burn their broomsticks and huge effigies of witches and hags, which are similar in appearance to the Guy Fawkes burnt in England on Bonfire Night.
No23. Sardine burial in Tenerife:
A custom tradition among Spaniards is actually burying a sardine, with a funeral procession of mourners in black. It mostly occurs at the highly spirited moments in the Christian calendar such as lent and the advent period.
No24. Mudras among Hindus and Buddhists:
Seals, gestures or marks are put on people, in the belief that they will help the individuals control the flow of life. They think that the energy (prana) will improve focus to achieve specific goals.
No25. Bayanihan in the Philippines:
This custom involves the practice of moving the entire home to a new location. Villagers gather, lift up the home and carry it over quite a long distance. It also happens during predicted floods or landslides. This tradition is probably as close as we will ever get to being snails, carrying their houses on their backs.
These customs are some of the strange and bizarre practices in some of the most wonderful places in the world. They may seem absurd but the natives believe or believed that their practices permitted them to learn essential values and lessons in life.