We retrace in random order starting from Europe, crossing Latin America and reaching as far as Asia, a collection of 10 habits, customs and traditions that are considered out of the ordinary.
10 – CHEESE ROLLING COMPETITION
In England, the traditional Cheese rolling competition is held in Gloucestershire, in the south of England. This is an annual event that takes place on Cooper Hill: the goal is to make the cheese roll from the top of a relatively steep hill as fast as possible, with the knowledge that you can hurt yourself at any moment. ! This is what the warning sign placed on the site communicates: “Cheese rolling is a dangerous activity for both participants and spectators”.
9- DUTCH BIRTHDAY
The Dutch tend to congratulate the whole family on birthdays. For example, imagine you are at your brother’s birthday party, the guests will give you their best wishes, even if it is not your birthday! Furthermore, these people traditionally prefer to sit in a circle and drink tea.
8- NEW YEAR IN NAPLES
The New Year in the South of Italy is really special.
In Naples, for example, people tend to throw objects out of the window at midnight.
7- LA TOMATINA
Continuing in southern Europe, let’s jump to Spain. In Buñol, a town in Valencia, the famous festival called La Tomatina takes place, where participants throw handfuls of tomatoes at each other for fun!
6- SOCKS OF LATVIA
In Latvia, it is better to avoid giving shoes or socks. Why? Figuratively it is like wishing the person who receives them to “walk out of your life”. Since our friends and loved ones prefer to keep them close to us if you have a Latvian friend it would be good to give you a better gift idea.
5- WIFE CARRYING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Finland seems to be the realm of strange races. Have you ever heard of the Wife Carrying World Championship, the competition where husbands carry their wives upside down on their shoulders as they try to overcome obstacles as quickly as possible? Or the Swamp Soccer World Cup held in the Kainuu region, where you should kick a ball while you are completely soaked, immersed in a brown swamp up to the knees. Other traditional alternatives include phone or boot launch competitions.
4-EARTHQUAKES IN CHILE
In Chile, there are small earthquakes all over the country every week, and nobody really cares about it until grade 6 on the Richter scale is exceeded. During these small earthquakes, the Chilean at most prevents the glass from falling down but does not stop watching TV.
3. DRINK MATE IN ARGENTINA
Argentines instead love drinking mate, a popular and traditional tea drink. What’s strange about this? The fact that they do it while they are driving, and that different car accidents occur when people are driving a car with a tea container in their hands! The local government has also tried to set up a law that prohibits consumption while driving.
2- EVERY DAY IS A PARTY IN NEPAL
Nepalese people follow a lunar calendar and celebrate New Year’s Eve generally in April. Currently, the current year is 2072. However, several castes still have their New Year, for example, Sonam Lhosar for the Tamang community, Tamu Lhosar for the Gurung community and Gyalpo Lhosar for Tibetan community. When these are joined by the Chinese New Year and the Western calendar, it seems that the entire calendar year in Nepal is a party!
1- AADI FESTIVAL
India is a very large country, with enormous cultural diversity, and therefore holds several types of interesting traditions and customs. Did you hear about the Tamil Naju Aadi Festival for example? Priests can smash coconuts on the heads of devotees to wish them good luck and health.