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    People Are Sharing Random Traditions In Their Countries That Make No Sense To The Rest Of The World, And Literally WTF Canada

    "Not sure letting a bunch of disguised drunk people into your kitchen to dance would work anywhere besides a small town."

    Ever stop to *really* think about the traditions you follow at home? And how — just maybe — they make absolutely no sense to other people?

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    Why do we pardon a turkey or look to a groundhog to predict the seasons? (No shade @ Punxsutawney Phil.)

    Welp, redditor u/jediflip_ recently asked people, "What is a tradition in your country that makes no sense to the rest of the world?" And they received some pretty eyebrow-raising responses:

    1. "Mummering, a Christmas tradition where groups dress up in costume and go from house to house to party, drink, and dance until the homeowners guess who you are."

    People dressed up in Halloween-esque costumes and masks in somebody's kitchen
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    "Not sure letting a bunch of disguised drunk people into your kitchen to dance would work anywhere besides a small town." —u/smkels

    Where does this make sense? Canada (particularly Newfoundland and Labrador), Ireland, and parts of the UK

    2. "We have a 'Black Pudding Throwing Festival' in the village once a year. They erect scaffolding on the main road in town and put some big-ass Yorkshire puddings on top of the scaffold. You pay a quid and get three black puddings to throw up and knock off as many as you can."

    Four Yorkshire puddings on a scaffold with a crowd below throwing black pudding at them
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    "It's pretty weird." —u/Fallen189

    Where does this make sense? The UK (particularly Greater Manchester, England)

    3. "Here in the Netherlands, when someone celebrates their birthday, we congratulate everyone that is present at the party."

    "Let's say it's John's birthday party. People arriving at the party will congratulate everyone in the room by saying, 'Congratulations on John's birthday,' or just, 'Congratulations' ('Gefeliciteerd!')." —u/PafPiet

    Where does this make sense? The Netherlands

    4. "In Barcelona and Catalonia, every year around Christmas, the kids 'feed' an inanimate log of wood. Then, after a certain amount of days, once the log is 'full,' they beat it with sticks until it shits out presents."

    Logs with smiley faces and red hats on them
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    "I mean, it's more plausible than Santa, I guess, but what the fuck?" —u/ponderous_pete

    Where does this make sense? Parts of Spain

    5. "Yerba maté. Not just the fact that we drink it, but the fact that we drink it like you'd pass around a joint with everyone drinking from the same metal straw."

    Two people pass a cup of Yerba mate with a metal straw in the cup
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    Where does this make sense? Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Lebanon, and Syria

    6. "'Watering' women on Easter Monday so we 'don't wilt.' It used to be done with a bucket of water, nowadays it's usually just spraying some cheap cologne after saying a cringy poem."

    "I hate it. Imagine having four to five male relatives and friends attack you with different scents of bad cologne. I'd bet my arse it's the remnant of some forgotten pagan fertility rite." —u/AkechiJubeiMitsuhide

    Where does this make sense? Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary

    7. "Oktoberfest, the real one, in Munich. Everybody gets it — it’s about drinking a crap ton of beer for a month in Lederhosen. But most don’t know that it is an annual celebration of the wedding of a long-dead prince of a country that doesn’t exist anymore."

    Two women and man drink beer in lederhosen
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    "Bavarians like to make their parties organized and scheduled." —u/SnowTard_4711

    Where does this make sense? Germany

    8. "When you go to the sauna, you're supposed to get a bundle of these birch twigs to hit yourself and others with them in the sauna. It's a purifying act and helps blood circulation."

    A broom of birch leaves used in a Finnish spa
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    "But it's something foreigners often find strange." —u/AlienAle

    Where does this make sense? Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Russia

    9. "Buying a sausage in a hot dog bun or single slice of bread from the parking lot of a tools and hardware store chain on a Saturday."

    A wide shot of the storefront of a Bunnings Warehouse
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    Where does this make sense? Australia, Canada, and New Zealand

    10. "Throwing ground cinnamon at unmarried people when they turn 25."


    Where does this make sense? Denmark

    11. "In the UK, they roll a big, round block of cheese down a very steep hill. Then, some mad folks chase it down the hill."

    A bunch of people running and stumbling over each other as they chase a round of cheese down a grassy hill
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    "They end up popping shoulders, fingers, etc. all out of place — but don't worry, we have free national healthcare. The winner is the one that gets the cheese." —u/Guru6676

    Where does this make sense? The UK (particularly Gloucester, England)

    12. "Midsommar. We Swedes dress up a cross or 'T' with leaves and other things, hang two 'rings' made from anything green (leaves, grass, and flowers) at each side of the longitudinal part of the cross or 'T.' Then, we dance around it and sing about washing our clothes and small little frogs, all while wearing wreaths on our heads."

    The back of a girl's head, showing her flower crown, with a maypole in the background
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    "After, we eat pretty much the same thing we do on Easter and Christmas. There is also generally a shit ton of alcohol involved. It's meant to celebrate fertility." —u/Whit_Batmobil

    Where does this make sense? Sweden (Midsummer is celebrated with different traditions in other countries, including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, and Canada)

    13. "Holi. The day before, we make a giant campfire and throw coconuts in it. Then, the day of, we all throw colors at each other."

    A woman smiling and covered in colors with more being thrown around her on Holi
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    Where does this make sense? India and Nepal

    14. "Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is pretty known to be celebrated in Mexico. For one Day of the Dead tradition, you write a 'calaverita,' which is a poem for a friend or relative that narrates how they would die in a comedic way."

    A mother and daughter wearing tradition skull face paint for Day of the Dead
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    "Basically making fun of the demise of our loved ones." —u/Sad_Blueberry_

    Where does this make sense? Mexico

    15. "Old ladies spitting on beautiful young women that they are keen on in Greece. We have a belief that a person can be bewitched by an 'evil eye' if someone looks at you with bad or jealous intentions. There are a few methods to prevent the 'evil eye,' such as someone spitting on you so that the evil eye sees the spit and doesn't think you're beautiful anymore."

    A bunch of evil eye amulets hanging on a wall
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    "Of course, they don't literally spit, they just pretend to spit. If you catch the evil eye, you're believed to have a lot of bad luck. There are rituals that can be performed to 'remove the evil eye.' These are typically performed by old ladies or old men, and it usually involves mixing oil and water." —u/dionyziz

    Where does this make sense? Greece (although spitting to ward off bad luck is done in other countries and cultures as well)

    16. "On New Year's Eve, it's a tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes, one for every 12 bell's chimes."

    "It's supposed to bring good luck for the new year." —u/proflight27

    Where does this make sense? Spain (the Twelve Grapes tradition was also adopted in Latin American countries, the Philippines, and Hispanic cultures)

    17. "Guy Fawkes Day. Can you imagine being Guy Fawkes’ ghost and watching, every year, people celebrating your death with fireworks and amusements?"

    Fireworks going off behind Big Ben for Guy Fawkes Day
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    Where does this make sense? The UK

    So, have you heard of any of these? Or do you celebrate your own country's traditions that would make no sense to the rest of us? Tell us in the comments below!

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