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Odd Cultural Traditions and Quirks of Society: Photo Gallery

 
 
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 9 Mar, 2011 12:25 pm
@tsarstepan,
They're in the water, but not "under." They say it takes ten years to learn the craft. It's an amazing feat when one tries to guess how they operate so many puppets at once in straight lines that break up into different patterns in the water.

Here's another cultural tradition in Hong Kong.
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There is a very famous, ancient banyan tree in Lam Tsuen in Hong Kong to which people travel at Chinese New Year and during other festivals to leave their own special wishes. First they write their wishes on colourful red wishing paper, then they tie them to oranges, and throw them up into the tree. If the wishes stick, it is thought that they will come true!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/HongKongtoHanoiFeb2005074.jpg
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2011 01:43 pm
@tsarstepan,
The following oddly violent tradition from Germany needs to be stopped.
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Gaensereiten is the traditional German game of goose pulling. Goose pulling is a ritual that involves men on horseback trying to tear the head off a goose that hangs from a noose just within reach of the riders.

Over the years the tradition has become slightly more humane in Germany. The goose is killed before being hung on the noose, so it does not suffer the slow death it used to.

A concerned Care2 member believes this act towards geese is still unacceptable and wants mock geese to be used. That way, the 400 year old tradition can continue on but live geese do not have to be tortured in the celebration.

If you can please take a bit of your time to sign the petition, I and countless geese would be grateful:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Stop-Using-Real-Goose-For-Gaensereiten/
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Irishk
 
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Reply Sun 20 Mar, 2011 08:58 pm
This kinda looks like fun...
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05Q7dlLeBIbIr/x610.jpg
Indian heir to the Swaminarayan Temple, Lalji Maharaj Shri Vrajendraprasdaji Maharaj (Top,R) celebrates the 'Holi' festival of Colours with devotees at Swaminarayan Temple in Kalupur, Ahmedabad on March 19, 2011. The 'Holi' festival of colours is celebrated throughout India to mark the coming of spring, with people going out on the streets and daub coloured powder to anyone.
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Indian women and children arrange natural ingredients to prepare eco-friendly 'herbal colours' in Ahmedabad on March 20, 2011 for 'Holi' festival. The ingredients include saffron coloured flowers, tomatoes, rose petals, turmeric powder, eggs, black grapes, beet-root, papaya fruit and mint leaves for the Hindu festival of colours 'Holi'. The 'Holi' festival of colours marks the onset of spring across the country. Getty images.


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Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 21 Mar, 2011 02:02 pm
I bet Tsar knows of this place...
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01853/keys-locksmith_1853152i.jpg
The exterior of Phil Mortillaro's key cutting shop in Greenwich Village, New York. This locksmith has turned artist after decorating his shop front with 10,000 keys set in intricate patterns...
Picture: JAMES AMBLER / BARCROFT USA
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 22 Mar, 2011 05:22 pm
@Irishk,
I believe I have walked by it on a few occasions.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 22 Mar, 2011 10:15 pm
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Traditionally dressed Kyrgyz dance in the center of Bishkek on March 21, 2011 during the annual celebration of Newroz (New Year) holiday. Newroz is an ancient Persian festival marking the first day of spring, which falls on March 21 and is celebrated in Central Asia.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 22 Mar, 2011 10:45 pm
@Irishk,
I did a journey to the five stans a few years ago, and we visited Bishkek. The people there are friendly, and many speak many languages including English. We visited the American University there, and a very good museum. What was interesting was the fact that their airport has a contingent of US Air Force personnel stationed there.
Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 23 Mar, 2011 08:33 am
@cicerone imposter,
I would love to visit there, c.i. We don't have nearly the cool celebrations as some other countries do. I did honor the first day of Spring by having a margarita, though lol. Okay, I had two.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Thu 24 Mar, 2011 04:01 pm
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01855/china-bridge_1855991i.jpg
Thousands of people cross Tai Ping Bridge in Jushui, Mianyang, Sichuan province. Participants throw old clothes and coins from the 200-year-old bridge into the water during the traditional annual event to seek happiness and health.
Picture: REUTERS
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2011 05:49 pm
Cutting edge macho...
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01856/sword-ladder_1856925i.jpg
A performer named Yan Da climbs a 28.8m high sword ladder in Chongqing, China, to break his own 26m record.
Picture: CHINA FOTO PRESS / BARCROFT MEDIA
dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2011 05:55 pm
@Irishk,
Hope his mum made him wear clean underwear.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2011 11:50 am
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/09l354xeZweKz/610x.jpg

Reuters Pictures 10 minutes ago. People attend a pillow fight in front of Zurich's cathedral on international Pillow Fight Day, April 2, 2011.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 4 Apr, 2011 01:37 pm
Great shot...
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01863/duck-race_1863655i.jpg
Kayak instructor Vaughn Corum bobs along with some of the 17,000 plastic ducks that were released during the seventh annual KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race at the US National Whitewater Centre in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Picture: AP
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2011 08:36 pm
http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/csm-photo-galleries-images/photos-of-the-day-images/2011/0411/04/9953342-1-eng-US/04_full_600x400.jpg
http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2011/Photos-of-the-Day-04-11/(photo)/351812
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The Boeoegg, a snowman made of wadding and filled with firecrackers, explodes atop a bonfire in Sechselaeuten Square in Zurich,Switzerland. As the bells of St. Peter's church chime six o'clock, the bonfire below the 'Boeoegg' is set alight and mounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the Sechselaeuten March. The faster the head of the 'Boeoegg' – the symbol of winter – catches fire and explodes, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be.

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
Ceili
 
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2011 10:03 pm
http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/holi2011/bp37.jpg
A selection of pics from across the world of people celebrating Holi.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/03/holi_festival_of_colors.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed6
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chai2
 
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Reply Tue 12 Apr, 2011 06:48 am
@tsarstepan,
jeez, all we got is a groundhog.


tsarstepan wrote:

http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/csm-photo-galleries-images/photos-of-the-day-images/2011/0411/04/9953342-1-eng-US/04_full_600x400.jpg
http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2011/Photos-of-the-Day-04-11/(photo)/351812
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The Boeoegg, a snowman made of wadding and filled with firecrackers, explodes atop a bonfire in Sechselaeuten Square in Zurich,Switzerland. As the bells of St. Peter's church chime six o'clock, the bonfire below the 'Boeoegg' is set alight and mounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the Sechselaeuten March. The faster the head of the 'Boeoegg' – the symbol of winter – catches fire and explodes, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be.

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 12 Apr, 2011 11:14 am
This is a short video on the scissor dance I saw in Lima, Peru, last year.

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Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2011 09:08 am
@cicerone imposter,
Bad link, c.i. ...unless you want to give us all your password Laughing
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Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 13 Apr, 2011 09:09 am
Thassa lotta eggs...
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01870/easter-egg-tree_1870419i.jpg
Heike Lutz, right, looks at a tree with 9,800 Easter eggs on it in the garden of Christa and Volker Kraft in Saalfeld, Germany. The Kraft family have decorated their tree for Easter for more than 40 years...
Picture: AP
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01870/easter-eggs_1870415i.jpg
They decorate them, too!

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 16 Apr, 2011 12:39 am
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Children wearing hoods as penitents take part in a procession in a school in the eve of Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain.

Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

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