Via the telegraph.co.uk
While we may already be accustomed to the some cultures and traditions. Here are some interesting and shocking ones from around the world.
1. Baby Throwing
In Maharashtra state of India, it is common practice to drop babies from roughly 50 feet onto a bed-sheet that is being held stretched. One of the beliefs is that it would to bring good health and good luck to the family of the child.
In Spain, Tomatina is the biggest tomato fight in the world! It usually takes place in Valencia. At the peak of the tomato season a wild battle develops as thousands of people bombard each other with ripe tomatoes. Rivers of tomato sauce run down the streets. After the tomato war is over, everyone gathers at the town square for food and wine festivities.
In Thailand, for adults to point a foot at someone is extremely insulting. The case for this is that since the foot is the lowest part of the body it is held in the lowest esteem. So you need to be careful when sitting down with your feet out. Likewise, as the head is the highest part of the body, it is never touched directly by others for this is considered an insult.
4. Remove your shoes
Kanamara Matsuri is simply put a penis festival. Each spring, people swamp to Kawasaki in Japan, usually on the first Sunday in April for the festival.This Japanese tradition celebrates the penis and fertility by holding phallic-themed parades. A gigantic penis is hoisted into the air and marched across town. Nowadays, the festival apparently brings safe sex practices to light and fundraises for HIV prevention.
The Yanomamo tribe of Venezuela and Brazil eat the cremated ashes of family members. They forbid preserving or keeping any parts of their deceased so instead, the body is cremated and the ashes, which includes crushed bones, are given to the family to be eaten.
In Hinduism, the consumption of beef is taboo out of respect and honour for the cow. A significant number of Hindus, are vegetarian, abstaining from eating meat. However, those Hindus who do eat meat abstain from the consumption of beef in particular, so are able to eat Lamb, Goat etc. This is because the cow holds a sacred place in Hinduism.
Think again. In Japan is considered very inappropriate and constitutes bad etiquette since, in Japan, funeral notices are customarily printed in red.
While Thumbs up signifies well done in many cultures. In Greece, It can be tricky to give the thumbs. Especially if it is thrust up, it could essentially be easily confused with “Up yours!”.