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Odd Cultural Traditions and Quirks of Society: Photo Gallery

 
 
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Fri 2 Apr, 2010 08:37 pm
@tsarstepan,
on april 3 , traditional " easter fires " will be burning along the lower elbe river .
tourboats will be leaving from the port of hamburg after sunset to view these spectacular fires - there be lots of partying aboard .

 http://www.hamburg.de/image/1371694/Osterfeuer+2009+-+04.jpg

picture from previous year - this is one of the smaller fires across the western end of the harbour .
lots of old lumber going up in smoke .

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 19 Apr, 2010 04:43 pm
http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/csm-photo-galleries-images/photos-of-the-day-images/2010/0419/07/7751255-1-eng-US/07_full_600.jpg
http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2010/Photos-of-the-Day-04-19/(photo)/7
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A Boeoegg, a 'snowman' made of wadding whose head is filled with explosives, is seen burning atop a bonfire in Sechselaeuten square in Zurich, in this combination picture taken on April 19. As the bells of St. Peter's church chime six o'clock, the bonfire below the Boeoegg is set alight. Then, mounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the Sechselaeuten March. According to tradition, the faster the head of the Boeoegg catches fire and explodes, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be.

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Fri 23 Apr, 2010 07:12 pm
@tsarstepan,
dancing around the may pole in bavaria - germany .

  http://www.yspertal.info/gemeindeamt/html/images/LJ000.JPG
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 23 Apr, 2010 07:15 pm
@hamburgboy,
The maypole thingy. I've heard about it but never knew the whats and whys of the significance of the alleged dance.

Can you enlighten us hamburgboy? Smile
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Fri 23 Apr, 2010 07:27 pm
@tsarstepan,
it's a very old tradition ... seems it is just entertainment now ... have never seen it performed anywhere

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maypole_dance

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Maypole dancing is a form of folk dance from western Europe, especially England, Sweden, Galicia, Portugal and Germany, with two distinctive traditions[citation needed]. In the most widespread, dancers perform circle dances around a tall pole which is decorated with garlands, painted stripes, flowers, flags and other emblems[citation needed]. In the second most common form, dancers dance in a circle each holding a coloured ribbon attached to a much smaller pole; the ribbons are intertwined and plaited either on to the pole itself or into a web around the pole. The dancers may then retrace their steps exactly in order to unravel the ribbons.

The first kind of maypole dancing is probably extremely ancient and is thought by some to have Germanic pagan fertility symbolism, although there is a lack of evidence to support this conjecture. It is traditionally performed in the spring around the festival of May Day, but in Sweden it is during the midsummer festivities. The church of St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London is named after the maypole that was kept under its eaves and set up each spring until 1517 when student riots put an end to the custom. The maypole itself survived until 1547 when a Puritan mob seized and destroyed it as a "pagan idol".


so you better not dance around any pole ... ...
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 8 Jun, 2010 06:52 pm
http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/csm-photo-galleries-images/photos-of-the-day-images/2010/0608/05/8088395-1-eng-US/05_full_600.jpg
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Piglets take part in the pig races during an agricultural exhibition near the village of Liavonavichi, Belarus, on Tuesday.

Vladimir Nikolsky/Reuters

http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2010/Photos-of-the-Day-06-08/(photo)/5
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 14 Oct, 2010 05:48 pm
http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/csm-photo-galleries-images/photos-of-the-day-images/2010/1014/09/8807498-1-eng-US/09_full_600.jpg


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A judge watches as people sleep a siesta during the first Siesta Championship in Madrid on Thursday. The participants of the siesta contest win points for the first person to fall asleep, the loudest snorer, best original sleeping position and best dressed sleeper. Doctors are present to check if the contestants are really asleep.

Paul White/AP

http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2010/Photos-of-the-Day-10-14/(photo)/9
Irishk
 
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Reply Thu 14 Oct, 2010 06:42 pm
@tsarstepan,
I thought this was very cool...
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06KEcNNbXx3N1/x610.jpg
The group 'Castellers de Vilafranca' forms a human tower called 'Castell' during a biannual competition in Tarragona city (north-eastern of Spain) October 3, 2010. The formation of human towers is a tradition in the area of Catalonia and between 100 and 200 people are needed to complete a big tower.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 14 Oct, 2010 06:45 pm
@Irishk,
It's definitely a unique team building exercise.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2010 10:28 pm
http://www.spiegel.de/images/image-153971-galleryV9-vyud.jpg
http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,730519,00.html#ref=nlint
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A student at St. Andrews University in Scotland is covered in foam while taking part in the traditional "raisin weekend" foam fight to celebrate the start of the academic year. Every November, first year students are initiated with a wild weekend involving alcohol, crazy costumes and foam. Each new student is assigned an "academic mother" and "academic father" who will show them the ropes in adapting to university life. Traditionally, the new students give a pound of raisins to their elders as a token of gratitude for their guidance. In return they receive a receipt in Latin, often written on an absurd object, like an old car or baby clothing. In recent times, the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the traditional event held on campus at St. Salvator's Quad has taken a messy turn.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 23 Dec, 2010 06:13 pm
5 Creepy Christmas Traditions from Around the World
By Thomas Calnan Dec 23, 2010

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18941_5-creepy-christmas-traditions-from-around-world.html#ixzz18z2EFtJc

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dogdog
 
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Reply Thu 23 Dec, 2010 10:16 pm
http://www.burningman.com/
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 02:53 pm
I can't right click copy the photo's url so here are a teaser pair of paragraphs and links:
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A Belarussian Interior Ministry soldier has a masonry block on his chest smashed by a flaming hammer as part of Maslenitsa celebrations in Minsk, Sunday, March 6. Maslenitsa is a pagan holiday marking the end of winter celebrated by pancake eating and shows of strength.

Vladimir Nikolsky/Reuters

http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2011/Photos-of-the-Day-03-06
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Members of the the 'Bloco da Lama', or Mud Block carnival group, cover a man in mud during carnival celebrations in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday.

Rodrigo Abd/AP

http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2011/Photos-of-the-Day-03-06/(photo)/343125
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Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 03:10 pm
And celebratin' with pancakes!!!
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0ePk6F65sr7OE/610x.jpg
AP Photo Residents of the town Yalutorovsk make a huge pancake during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, near Tyumen, about 1675 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of Moscow, western Siberia, Sunday, March 6, 2011. For several years the residents of Yalutorovsk have made a huge pancake for Maslenitsa to apply for entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, but they fail to turn it over. Maslenitsa is traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 03:29 pm
new mexico penetenties. still very active in northern new mexico.
http://www.charleslummis.com/penitente.jpg
roger
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 04:25 pm
@Irishk,
That would take a truely enormous splatula.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 9 Mar, 2011 11:44 am
AKA a coulrophobic's nightmare...
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01843/clowns_1843082i.jpg
Revellers dressed as clowns participate in a carnival parade in Sesimbra, Portugal. The clown parade in Sesimbra became a tradition after a world record for the biggest clown march was set in 2004.
Picture: REUTERS
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 9 Mar, 2011 12:01 pm
@tsarstepan,
I don't see Walter. Mr. Green

They have water puppet shows in Vietnam.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/IMG_3423-1.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 9 Mar, 2011 12:16 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

new mexico penetenties. still very active in northern new mexico.
http://www.charleslummis.com/penitente.jpg

Dys? What kind of spiritual/celebratory activity is taking place during these penetenties?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 9 Mar, 2011 12:18 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Cicerone? Are the puppeteers underwater?
 

 
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