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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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53 Comments
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
Sean Philips
Paul Melhuish, in parts of America too!
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Aug 16, 2020 11:01PM
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
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
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
Anne Tyler
This is a load of old cobblers!
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Nov 17, 2018 6:57PM
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
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
Zavera Banaji
Very interesting. Still laughing !!!!!!!!!
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May 13, 2018 12:41PM
Laurette Pearlman
Nigel Davidson, one for sorrow two for joy three for a girl and four for a boy. Being a Newcastle supporter I prefer to see 2!!!
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May 12, 2018 1:48PM
Lyn Goddard
I always salute a magpie.one for sorrow and two for joy☺
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May 4, 2018 9:39AM
Ulla Larsen
I am from Germany and never heard of that tradion
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May 1, 2018 3:16PM
Julie Goldsmith
We really dont do the magpie thing you know. Its an ancient old ritual that no one I know has ever done or even recalls it being done although I did hear about it on the tv a lng time ago. To read this youd think it was common place now. Makes you wonder about the rest of it.
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Apr 18, 2018 8:37AM
Carol Jones
Totally agree Nigel!
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Apr 10, 2018 6:12AM
Darlene Davidson
Knew some, now I know more.
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Apr 5, 2018 12:32PM

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