The world is full of diversity, so are the trends and culture. Different cultures have different traditions that seem important to many people but will then seem bizarre to others.
Here I have rounded up the top 7 weirdest traditions from around the world.
1. La Tomatina (Spain)
Spain comes first place when it comes to a lot of interesting traditions like Pamplona bull run and siestas. Yet another tradition is La Tomatina. In this festival, the people of Valencia participate in a mass tomato throwing fight in Bunol. Imagine snowball fights except replace the snowballs with tomatoes. It is an unmatched sight across the world where you‘ll find the anarchistic setting of tomato juice covering people and buildings.
2. The Mari Lwyd (Wales)
People of Welsh have this strange Christmas tradition. The Mari Lwyd, the decorated horse’s Skull, is as petrifying as it sounds. In this tradition, the decorated horse’s skull is placed upon a broomstick and covered in a sheet with bells hanging from its skull. This sinister figure is rotated door-to-door as a gesture of challenging groups to a singing contest.
3. Red Ink Ban (South Korea)
This is ideally one of the creepiest traditions from South Korea where writing a person’s name in red ink is not acceptable. The reason for this is that the color red was often used to write somebody’s name when they had died. From there this has become a tradition not to write the name of anyone in red ink you would condemning them to their fate.
4. Itchy Palms (USA)
Gambling is largely associated with a lot of superstitious traditions all over the globe. One such tradition comes from the Afro-American people in the US. It is mostly believed that if a person experiences itchy palms they’re likely to get money. So, in UDSA, if somebody feels their palms itching then they’ll begin to gamble in an attempt to take benefit of this expected good fortune.
5. Teeth-Tossing (Greece)
Losing teeth is a part of the growing up process. Often this becomes a tradition to hide that tooth under the pillow before bed and it is replaced by money. But, the financial crisis of 2008 hit Greek homes hard and from then they starting tossing teeth on to the roof of the house to save money. It’s a far cheaper option!
6. Camel Wrestling (Turkey)
You might have heard of cock-fighting, dog fighting, and bullfighting but in Turkey, camel wrestling is most acceptable as the animals do not cause a lot of harm to each other. It’s a great spectator sport. Although no human involvement is there in this fight, there is the risk that a fighting camel may accidentally spray some of their salivae into the crowd.
7. Butt-Whipping (Czech Republic)
In the Czech Republic, there is a tradition of demeaning women by butt-whipping. Every Easter Monday, the men of the Czech Republic go from door-to-door with their wooden beating sticks covered in decorative design and whip the butt of women in the hope of improving the fertility of those women. Maybe gender equality has some way to go in some countries.