Whether you are living in your own country or foreign, there is always something amazing about cultures that binds people together.
Celebrating different traditions is an excuse of being happy in the middle of the chaotic and busy routine, it not only revitalizes you but also creates a sense of togetherness even among strangers, and even more beautiful bond among the people you know or live with.
Every nation/society has certain irreplaceable cultures that have been carried out since the beginning of time.
Today, sitting at your home I will take you on a trip to Europe and show you some unique cultures you didn’t know existed. Just keep reading below:
Spain-The Tomatina festival:
Where throwing rotten tomatoes or food is used as a symbol or disrespect or embarrassment, Spain does it for a purely fun purpose. To know even better about it you should go to Buñol, Spain and enjoy the biggest tomato fight in the world. The event is held on the last Wednesday of August so it can be the final stop of your summer trip. Up till now, no one is really sure when this tradition started.
Romania-The Danube cross swimming:
People in Romania swim in winter to celebrate the Danube Race for the Cross. The event is supported by the Orthodox Church. When a priest throws a cross into the river, thousands of men have to swim to find it in the freezing water. Drinking vodka is also included, being the most probable reason why people can stand the freezing water of Danube. The person who finds the cross first is believed to have a life full of luck for the entire year ahead. “The swimmers face strong currents and even whirlpools in the 20 °C water so all participants must be over 18 and need a medical certificate of their physical ability”
Scotland-Blackening of the bride:
On the wedding day, everybody wants to look on fleek as it happens once in a life time (mostly). But looking “The best” is not possible if you are living in Scotland as there is a tradition which is called blackening of the bride. Friends and family gather and cover the bride with things such as spoiled milk, mud, sauces and other disgusting things. The reason behind this tradition is that if a bride and a groom can stand this humiliation, they will overcome any obstacle in their marriage. Or it will just lead to a happy life of a couple.
You would be fond of Iceland because of its beauty, but I think you ought to know about a bizarre carried out there.There is a feast of Thorri celebrated in January, originally called Þorrablót. Icelanders eat the most disgusting meal, for instance, sour testicles, boiled sheep heads or fermented sharks. Why do people ever want to do this? Historically, Thorri is meant to represent winter. No one knows how it was celebrated in the past, but people used to smoke, bury or salt food in order to store it. The ability to eat this food is considered a sign of strength in modern Icelandic culture.
I am pretty sure you would be amazed as well as disgusted by the weird traditions you read above about. The question is, would you want to try any of it?