shortbutfast (shortbutfast) wrote in on_culture,

customs from around the world

In Greece, a child’s tooth is thrown onto the roof for good luck.

Krampus Night: Celebrated in Austria on December 5th, Krampus is described as Santa Claus’ evil twin brother.

Sati Culture in India: Widows throw themselves onto the funeral fire of their dead husbands.

In Indonesia, a person points with their thumb. It’s considered rude to point with a forefinger. This is also common in other Asian countries such as Malaysia and Brunei.

Tooth Fairy: In Anglo cultures, children leave teeth under their pillow for the tooth fairy to collect - usually in return for some money.

Foot Binding: A painful Chinese tradition that only stopped in the 1930's.

Wedding celebrations can involve five parties in parts of the Middle East, beginning with the engagement party and ending with the wedding shower, seven days after the wedding.

Japanese children cover their belly button when they hear thunder.

Shoes must always be removed before entering a Japanese home.

The Bahai People of Iran have their own calendar consisting of nineteen months, each with nineteen days.

Gold and silver coins are placed inside a bride's wedding shoes in Sweden.

In Thailand it’s considered very rude to cross your legs in public.


Tags: austria, brunei, china, culture clash, greece, india, indonesia, iran, japan, malaysia, middle east, sweden, thailand
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