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.
Jan 15, 2018 5:21PM
Steven Hiatt
Jan 15, 2018 5:22PM
Mel Mazuch
I do agree that some traditions are really strange, silly, and frightening.
Jan 15, 2018 5:23PM
Luis Alfonso Diaz Archila
I like this! In my country of birth, some regions “hunt” and eat certain type of ants!
Jan 15, 2018 5:41PM
Michael A.Tarbox
Jan 15, 2018 6:04PM
Karla Crary
Some cultures have strange traditions
Jan 15, 2018 6:25PM
Bob Andrews-Bryant
This is the first time I've seen a groundhogs den called a squat.
Jan 15, 2018 6:51PM
Quincy J. Reed
Jan 15, 2018 7:24PM
Ashok Kansal
Really an interesting one ,filling of teeth ,garland of socks .Here in India, there are many traditions/ rituals & piercing of ears is one of them.
Jan 15, 2018 7:39PM
Rilla Mayor
Jan 15, 2018 8:26PM
Holly Floyd Stumpf
So many rituals around marriage and weddings in every country; I am thinking about the chivaree custom among the mountain people...
Jan 15, 2018 9:23PM
Charlene Lawrence
Think I'll stay where I am
Jan 15, 2018 10:36PM
Robert Jones
How about at 21 all virgins must come to me for help-LOL! wife heard that.
Jan 16, 2018 12:21AM
Heather Bloomfield
I have never saluted magpies in any number. One for sorrow, two for joy,three for a girl, and four for a boy. Five for silver six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told, or some such rhyme. I only remember that because of the teatime children's show back in the seventies.
Jan 16, 2018 3:09AM
Thyamagondlu Siddagangappa Ramaiah
Very interesting rituals world wide. Of course Indian tradition of crashing a coconut on one's head I have seen personally in a traditional God's festival.
Jan 16, 2018 4:13AM

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