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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The ancient name of the Kingdom of Thailand . which sounds like Siam, familiar to many. The country is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and is famous for its beautiful tropical climate, pristine nature, which is wonderfully coexists with modern civilization and ancient monuments. The climate is never very hot, and once selecting a tour to Thailand, you can relax from wordly vanity and to plunge into tranquility.
General information about Thailand
Here peculiar customs, its own religion and very delicious food. The location of Thailand on the Indochina Peninsula means that it is the Indian ocean, the Andaman sea and the Gulf of Thailand . Thailand is called the country of the elephant, as its shape reminiscent of the head of this large animal. The symbol of the Kingdom is a white elephant. The local population is Thais, the Malays, Chinese and others. Practiced in Thailand is Buddhism, and there is an absolute plethora of Buddhist temples.
If you are going to undertake tours to Thailand, think about what you expect from this trip. Because there and a wonderful beach stay all year round and the opportunity to get involved in the meditations, change your lifestyle, improve health, and also have the opportunity to explore local culture Continue reading
Japan — “land of the rising sun”. It is striking in its history, traditions, way of life. Reasons to visit her a lot, but perhaps I’ll try to name five basic.
Japan is rich in its traditions and customs, so to list them all is impossible. For many years in Japan brought a sense of beauty, which became a kind of religious worship beauty. Hence, such traditions as: khans — admiring flowers; tsukimi dreams of becoming — admiring the moon; ukemi — admiring the snow. The Japanese themselves feel that their sense of beauty, which is transmitted from generation to generation, is property of the Japanese people that foreigners can only admire.
Traditional tea ceremony (oil) belongs to the unique arts and customs. Oil – strictly painted ritual involving tea master who brews tea and pours it, and those who are present at the same time and then drink. In Japan there are many forms of tea ceremony, however, strictly established only a few: night tea, tea at sunrise, evening tea, morning tea, afternoon tea, special tea.
Sakura — the symbol of Japan and Japanese culture. Image of flower is used everywhere: on hats students and the military, the coins are in denominations of 100 yen, on the arms of the police and armed forces. Sakura is also the symbol of feminine beauty and youth.
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