Each country has it’s own traditional habits and customs which vary completely depending on what corner of the globe you come from. Here are 10 foreign customs that you, might have been unaware of until now. Imagine if roles were reversed and people looked at our strange customs!
Habits and customs vary from from one country to the next. In China young brides-to-be have to cry for an hour everyday before their wedding day. Imagine if you had to do this in Britain? In Europe we give someone a kiss on the cheek, a hand shake or a hug when you greet someone. However an African tribe has a tradition that if it okay to spit on your acquaintances to show them respect. So many customs are created as a result of where we are in the world. As a result every country follows different customs some that can be more strange than others.
1/ In China a month before getting married the bride must cry for an hour everyday
One month before the marriage ceremony the bride has to cry for an hour everyday. The mother of the bride-to-be joins her a week later then followed by her grandmother. What is the point of this custom? Apparently it is an expression of happiness…
2/ In Greenland you can share your wife for the night if you have a guest
Happy travelers who are put up for the night in a Greenland household could find they are offered the wife for the night. Although this might seem completely unbelievable, not accepting this “act of kindness” could cause offense.
3/ In Maasai you can spit on your friends
This African tribe has a particularly surprising tradition. Spitting on your friends and acquaintances when you greet them is a sign of respect.
4/ In Mozambique you can lend your wife in fertility difficulties
It is not only in Greenland that people can be “generous” in this way. A unusual special favour to give to your friends…
5/ In Denmark they break dinner plates at New Year
After the New Year’s Day meal, Danes throw their plates that they have used against the front door. Is this how you thank your hosts? This tradition is a way to prove your friendship to your hosts and also to wish them the best for the new year. No dish is spared!