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8 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world

There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the world, many of which You probably never heard of – the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala). We present You the top 8 most unexpected, strange, surprising and unique Christmas traditions from around the world.

The Christmas log – Catalonia, Spain

Oh my God, look at those little Tio de Nadal (Christmas log)! Yes, it’s a log with legs and a face. and a little red hat, but his name is not Pinocchio (and not even Pinocchio). It may seem like a joke that just caught on in such a tradition, but this tradition comes from an old Catalan mythology. The log is put in every Catalan home on the feast of the Immaculate Conception every 8th of December every year. Going in this period in Catalonia, will support tradition – leave food for Your little log. As you get hungry, You know! And don’t forget about the blanket, otherwise it may catch cold! And when children are not watching, hide the gifts in the wood – You’ll see a log is hollow, and, in General idea that. he poops gifts.

The night of the radishes – Oaxaca, Mexico

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Daily life in Japanese

To begin with, than go in. Go in a literal sense. The fact is that when entering a Japanese house, you can find your step in the hallway – genkan – this nut decided to leave their street shoes and wear Slippers.

Surappa

There are ordinary Slippers – suippe, in recent years, more Japanese people prefer to walk at home in Slippers, European style, although even before the Second World war and the early postwar years at home wore Japanese tabi socks *in most cases – white only* or went barefoot.

Tore surappa

There is another, very special kind of house shoes in Japanese – is a special “toilet Slippers” – toire surappa. They will be waiting for you at the entrance to the Japanese bath or the toilet. The mechanism here is the following: go to the toilet – change ordinary on toilet Slippers, out – perform the reverse procedure. These Slippers are usually made of plastic or rubber, but sometimes there are “soft top”, but still rubberized inside. If in the Japanese store you have to choose Slippers, you can easily understand which one is “toilet”. This “trick of disguise” has several goals – first, so it will be more hygienic. And secondly, the surrounding without words you will understand, Continue reading

Summer festivals of Japan

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Inga Esipova long worked as a journalist in Chita – many remember its publication in the newspaper “Extra” in the regional Supplement to the “Arguments and facts”. A few years ago she went to Japan, where he lives until now. Of course, Inga misses and Chita, and in journalistic work, and therefore easily and immediately agreed to cooperate with the news Agency “Chita”, talking primarily about Japan.

Tanabata today Mushi, the Japanese sigh. Indeed, a little too hot for folk festivals: a plus 30 and 100% humidity, which is air instead of steam stifling, and the body instantly covered in sweat. But this is the rainy season, not to cancel the same because of him the traditional summer holidays.

Tanabata Matsuri is one of the holidays numbers, borrowed (like almost all the other basics of life) by the Japanese from the Chinese. It is celebrated 07.07. – and before that even 03.03. – the holiday girls, and 05.05. – the holiday boys. In honor of Tanabata houses are decorated with long stalks of bamboo, to which they tie the ribbons to make a wish.

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