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National traditions that can shock a foreigner

Here you can find out about most extraordinary traditions of different nations, that can utterly shock any stranger.


Many nations, many traditions. In fact, sometimes these traditions can be more than a little strange, silly, or even frightening. But whatever they are, they are venerated and passed on from generation to generation.



Do you find these traditions strange or quite ordinary? Your commentary is necessary! Do you have any more interesting traditions to share?


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Nigel Davidson
I was told, you salute a lone magpie, a pair is not considered a problem in the U.K., anybody disagree or agree as I'm not one hundred per cent sure.
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Jan 15, 2018 5:21PM
Bob Andrews-Bryant
This is the first time I've seen a groundhogs den called a squat.
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Jan 15, 2018 6:51PM
Dragon Rebel
Never heard of the British tradition , there are many more that are real yet defunct
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Jan 14, 2020 5:02AM
Carole Truswell
I'm from Britain and have never heard of this tradition
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Nov 30, 2019 5:04PM
moonstone nj
Nigel Davidson, You are quite right. The song - One for sorrow, two for joy etc.. One being for sorrow resulting in the greeting a lone magpie.
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Nov 11, 2019 6:05PM
Phillip Garfoot
5 for silver 6 for gold 7 for a secret never told, anyone know anymore?
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May 2, 2019 12:24AM
Elizabeth Millward
Nigel Davidson, One for sorrow, two for joy - so you have to greet the single magpie! (It goes on to say three for a girl, four for a boy)
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Mar 24, 2019 8:57AM
Shirley Anderson
I live in nsw Australia and have never heard of dwarf tossing.
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Feb 20, 2019 4:37PM
David Lumb
We have a delightful tradition here in Australia, carried out at most school fetes and it’s called “dwarf tossing”.
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Jan 26, 2019 8:03PM
Russell Coombs
Very interesting!
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Jan 14, 2019 6:32PM
Anne Tyler
This is a load of old cobblers!
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Nov 17, 2018 6:57PM
Birgit Ruping
I am German and gave never heard of the “sick” tradition
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Oct 7, 2018 8:47PM
Annette Phillips Nicolls
1 for sorrow 2 for joy 3 for a letter 4 for a boy 5 for silver 6 for gold 7 for a secret never been told
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Jul 6, 2018 5:40PM
Annette Phillips Nicolls
Jacqui Golledge, Jacqui Golledge, Magpie greeting “Good morning captain” and salute him or them!!
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Jul 6, 2018 5:38PM
Jacqui Golledge
Regarding Magpies the rhyme goes 1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a boy, 5 a letter, 6 something better, 7 is ?, 8 is a secret never to be told.
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Jun 11, 2018 5:59PM
Todd Cates
No bathing, eating, or drinking for 3 days with newly weds,,,, divorced on day 4
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Jun 5, 2018 5:38PM
Norma Cullerton
On the first of May every year in Manchester, England we danced around a maypole and all the children wore their best new clothes and went door to door for praise and money for looking good...strange but true.
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May 31, 2018 5:25PM

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