Category: tradition

The Navajo have a tradition around celebrating a baby’s first laugh. Around three months, they watch the baby closely for that first real giggle. The person who has the good fortune of eliciting that first laugh is then responsible for throwing a party.

Two rival churches in Vrontados, Greece shoot tens of thousands of fireworks at each other every Easter in a “Rocket War”. Both churches then claim victory and agree to settle the score next year. The tradition dates back to the Ottoman era, when real cannons were used instead. (source)

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Russian cosmonauts pee on the rear bus tire before a space launch. The tradition was started by Yuri Gagarin who did it out of necessity and Russians have since emulated him. Female cosmonauts bring along their urine in vials ready to dump on the tire so they can be part of tradition too.

Dildo is a town in Newfoundland. They have an annual festival known as Dildo Days, which is led by their mascot, Captain Dildo.

The tradition of pouring out some of your drink on the ground to show respect for deceased friends or family has been around for thousands of years. It was common in Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt.

The traditional “last meal” for those condemned to death didn’t begin as a final compassionate act for them, but as a way to bribe their ghost not to haunt the executioners.

When General Napier was asked to respect the Indian custom of burning widows on their husband’s funeral pyre, he replied it was English custom to hang murderers.

The day after 9-11, the Queen broke a 200 year old tradition and ordered the US National Anthem to be played during the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Photo : Presidencia de la República Mexicana / wikipedia

The Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1931 when construction workers pooled their money to buy a tree. They decorated it with tin cans and garlands made by their families.

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There was a tradition in Norway, Denmark, particularly on the Faroe Islands, where a girl would present her boyfriend a “willy warmer” (also known as cock sock) to see how seriously he took their relationship. If the gift was rejected, it was seen as evidence that he was not ready for marriage.

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