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The strangest wedding traditions

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There a lot of cultures which differ very peculiar beliefs in respect of marriage and family happiness. Here are some wedding traditions that still exist and are very difficult to understand.

India: marriage with animals

Some women in India have been forced to marry animals. The fact is that in some parts of India it is believed that ghosts can inhabit certain people’s souls in the living world. In particular it is believed that the ghosts possess girls who are born with milk teeth, prorezalsya through the gum, or those born with deformities and defects on your face.

Therefore, some believe that the only way to exorcise the Ghost girl, is the marriage with the animal, typically a goat or dog. Despite the fact that on this occasion arranged a magnificent wedding ceremony with drinks and dancing, the girls don’t expect sexual relations with an animal, that certainly is a relief. Allow the girl to later marry a man, but in the case, when the ghosts are gone from his victim. We can only guess how the people accept the decision that the Ghost was gone.

Greece: the gnawing biscuit round neck boy

Another strange tradition takes place at the wedding in Greece. A young Greek bride celebrates her marriage, grabbing the boy and planting him on his knee, and then gnaws round biscuits, Continue reading

Christmas traditions

Fast approaching the most magical, the most fabulous holiday. Only a few days of holiday hustle and bustle – and the chime will be notified of the entry of humanity in the year 2013! New year – a holiday is international, and every nation has its own traditions, customs, but the meaning of the holiday in all countries, one is a holiday of kindness, joy and stories.

For example, in ENGLAND it is customary to “let in” the New year. During the striking of the clock open the back door of the house, letting the old year, and with the last kick – front, letting new. The doors are adorned with sprigs of mistletoe, considered a magical tree and according to tradition, in order not to leave next year, the lovers must kiss under them. The main Christmas meal in England is Turkey with chestnuts and fried potatoes with sauce and Brussels sprouts with meat pies.

In ITALY there is a very curious and even somewhat dangerous to the passers-by the tradition to throw old things, clothes, shoes and crockery right through the Windows to enter the new year, free from superfluous and unnecessary. Italians this custom very much, and they perform it with such passion, peculiar to the southerners: Continue reading

Photos of Japanese Christmas traditions

Japanese food, osati – a symbol of the traditional new year’s table. Famous chef Fumio Kondo shows the cooking process is familiar to every Japanese holiday dishes. For him it is a matter of special importance, because every year the Condo chef puts his heart and soul into the preparation of special sets of oseti to deliver them to the table of the family of his deceased mentor of all time foodie, writer Shotaro Ikenami.

The story of oseti

It is believed that the tradition of Christmas treats osati rooted in the Heian period (794-1185), when held in the Palace festival Satie . During the Muromachi period, the population also began to cover the festive table and bring the deity of solenosti. At the same time began to be served and Zoni – soup with rice cake mochi, and other ingredients which vary widely depending on the terrain, and other products that later became traditional for the new year. Since the second half of the Edo period (1603-1868) solenosti for offerings to Shinto gods became soak and cook. Thus began the tradition treats oseti .

Traditional oseti is a set of 4 boxes of OZU . although at present more and more often only three. Each of the boxes contains a seasonal Continue reading

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