What would you do if you walked into a bathroom
and instead of toilet paper, you found a bowl of water? (Hmmm. And no instructions either!)
Or, what if warding off bad luck meant talking to birds at the park? Sure, these things may
seem wacky to you, but they’re pretty normal customs in other countries. And some actually
sound pretty fun! Counting down from… #25. If you ever find yourself in the Spanish
town of Buñol at the end of August, I sure hope you brought some protective gear! That
is, if you happen to catch La Tomatina, a massive, one-day, lighthearted food fight
with none other than the beloved tomato – or tomah-to. (yep, Thousands of people, thousands
of tomatoes. You do the math.) And, don’t forget to duck! #24. “Happy Birthday, now shove your face
in this cake!” is something you might hear in Mexico. Here, as you get handed your birthday
cake and are about to take that first delicious bite, someone will likely push your face right
into it! (You see that at the US Weddings a lot these days. Just a waste of good cake
to me.) #23. In Germany, if you’re 25 and single,
your friends will often lead you to your birthday party with a string of old socks as you celebrate
with drinks. I sure hope they washed those socks beforehand! #22. In the States, “pull my finger” is
a risky – smelly – game. But in Scandinavia Austria, and Bavaria, Germany, finger pulling
(or Fingerhakeln) is a competitive sport! (Really?) Competitors will often even pull
each other across the table with their middle fingers because they’re pulling so hard!
(Are we sure it’s not that the guy is being jet propelled across the table?) #21. If you’re going on vacation and want
to leave with as many good vibes as possible, sit down with your household first before
you head out the door. In Russia, they believe that doing this ensures you have a good trip
and wards off bad luck. Speaking of which… #20. If you’re taking a walk in the park
in the UK, you might spot a gentleman tip his hat to a magpie. That’s because in British
folklore, these little birds are bad omens. But if you tip your hat to it and say, “Good
morning, Mr. Magpie, and how is your lady wife today?” you’ll reverse your bad luck!
(The bad British accent is optional.) #19. In Denmark, if it’s your 25th birthday
or higher and you’re still single, your friends and family throw handfuls of cinnamon
at you. The odd tradition is based on history, that way back in the 16th century, Danish
spice merchants used to stay unmarried because they were too busy traveling around the world,
(you know, trying to spice things up.) #18. Roses are red, violets are blue, but
give someone yellow roses in Mexico, and it’s goodbye to you! That’s because in this country,
yellow roses signify death. If you’re gifting someone a bouquet for their birthday or anniversary,
you’d better stick with a good ol’ dozen red roses. #17. If you were to spit at your boss or a
family member when you greeted them, it’d be considered pretty darn rude. But in the
Maasai tribe in Kenya and northern Tanzania, spitting into their hands before a handshake
is considered appropriate and respectful. This is often the way people in the tribe
wish each other good luck and safe travels. It’s even done at weddings, so imagine spitting
on the bride as a good gesture! It’s also how they secure a deal. Khaa-ptew, put ‘er
right there! (Yeah, that’ll take some getting used to…) #16. You might gift newlyweds with some sparkling
new china, but in Germany, family and friends actually break dishes the night before a wedding!
Doing this tradition, known as Polter-abend, is believed to bring good luck to the couple,
who are expected to clean the mess up and learn how to work together! (and if not, there’ll
be more dish breaking later down the road…) #15. In Venezuela, the early bird doesn’t
necessarily get the worm. There, running late isn’t a problem the way it is in the US
and other countries. When it comes to parties or even work meetings, arriving a few minutes
late isn’t considered rude. Alright, I’ll be booking my ticket now… #14. You didn’t think I wasn’t gonna include
something strange from the US, did you? How about donning top hats and looking at a groundhog
named “Punxsutawney Phil” to tell us if spring is here or not? The Groundhog Day tradition
goes back to February 2, 1887. (Ya know, before we had advanced meteorology to really goof
up the forecast!) Well, in any case, if this furry ground-dweller sees his shadow, that
supposedly means 6 more months of winter! #13. If you wanna stand out as a single person,
you’ll love the French celebration of Saint Catherine’s Day, or the Patron Saint of
unmarried women. On this day in November, bachelorettes aged 25 or older rock green
or yellow hats to celebrate the single life! (Hey, what’s up with 25? It’s always 25
– is that the deadline or something?… well probably long, long ago when life expectancy
was 28, they didn’t want to you keeping dilly dallying or something I guess. #12. Who needs noisemakers and champagne when
you can just throw your furniture out the window to ring in the New Year? In South Africa,
the tradition of chucking chairs, tables, and whatever furniture out the window onto
the street for the New Year has been going strong since the end of apartheid. This symbolizes
the act of ridding your home of past sorrows so that you can make room for happier, more
hopeful times! (You know, if they started doing that in Times Square in New York, I
think I’d watch – from a distance.) #11. And if you thought throwing your furniture
out the window was strange, you’ll definitely be scratching your head at the South American
tradition of carrying around an empty suitcase for the New Year! By walking a block with
the empty luggage, you’re supposed to bring hope and new adventure into the upcoming year
— and hopefully a nice vacation so that you can actually put stuff in that suitcase! #10. Business meetings in the office can be
so stuffy and boring. So why not head to the sauna with your boss and coworkers? Well,
that’s how they do it in Finland, where the sauna serves as a perfectly good spot
to hold meetups and other important gatherings in the professional space. But you’ll probably
wanna remember your robe in there… #9. Even if you’re naturally a leftie, using
this hand is considered pretty rude in a lot of Middle Eastern countries. This is because
the left hand is the designated “cleaning hand” in the bathroom and, therefore, it’s
the dirty one. The right hand is supposed to be used during meals and for shaking people’s
hands. Since we’re on the topic of bathroom duties… #8. If your biggest fear is doing your business
in a restroom that’s run out of toilet paper, well…you might have some problems when visiting
India. That’s because in most parts of this country, instead of toilet paper, people use
water to cleanse their, uh, private areas. It may sound odd to Westerners, but at least
they don’t have to worry about clogging up the plumbing as much, right? Okay, there’s
still a question as to what you ultimately do to clean up, but I guess we’ll leave
that to the imagination (Or let me know down in the comments if you know the answer.) #7. In Thailand, there are tons of stray monkeys
hanging around. And once a year in Lopburi, Bangkok, people dump over 6,600 pounds (3,000
kg) of fruits and veggies out for the little guys to munch on in what’s referred to as
the Monkey Buffet Festival. (I’ll bet they go ape over it! Uh, you could see that one
coming, couldn’t ya?) #6. When you think of a wedding, you probably
imagine fun, laughter, and celebration (and lots of cake in the face!). But in China,
a traditional wedding is preceded by the bride crying a month before her big day. After a
few days, she’s joined by her mother, grandmother, and other family members. But here’s the
thing, this month-long cry sesh is to show joy for her future marriage! O-kay. #5. In America and in lots of other countries,
it’s typical to clink glasses before drinking. But in Hungary, no one clinks glasses at bars
or around the dinner table. Ever since the Austrians defeated the Hungarians during the
revolution and celebrated by clinking their glasses, the Hungarians swore off this tradition!
(So I’m thinking if they do it anyway, do they then get thrown in the Clink [jail]?
Hey, it was worth a shot…) #4. While we consider it bad luck to see the
bride before the big day, people in Tidong, Indonesia believe using the toilet 3 days
after the wedding is bad luck. Family members typically watch over the newlyweds to make
sure they don’t use the bathroom at all! (Gee, I wonder how many of them explode. So
then I guess it’s really like a race to see who “passes” first, the newlyweds
or the 3 days! Where do they come up with this?) #3. Americans are used to having copious amounts
of ice in their drinks. But in many places in Europe, having little or no ice at all
is the norm. If you’re dining in these places, you need to ask for extra ice. Otherwise,
you’ll have to enjoy your Coke at room temperature. Oh, the horror! #2. If you ever visit Fiji, you’ll likely
be greeted by a cocktail containing juice from squeezed roots served in a wooden bowl
known as Kava. And apparently it has, shall we say “psychoactive effects”, Uh-huh.
So you might wanna go easy on the Kava or just grab a lemonade instead! #1. Finally, speaking of cheesy, In Gloucester,
England on the last Monday of May, a giant wheel of Double Gloucester Cheese is pushed
down Cooper’s Hill while spectators are encouraged to chase it. Whoever catches it
and doesn’t fall flat on their face gets to take the cheese wheel home! And I’m thinking,
what if the out of control Cheese wheel takes out a sidewalk full of spectators? Then it’s
just a cheesy way to go, I guess. Well. What can I add to that? Do you know
any other customs that might seem odd to outsiders? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned
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100 thoughts on “25 Traditions Sound Strange to You But Totally Normal in Other Countries”

  1. Ok so according to comment section, India is not the only country to use water, there are many countries like
    Bangladesh
    Pakistan
    Sri Lanka
    Indonesia
    Vietnam
    Philippines
    Malaysia
    Nigeria
    And many African countries
    (By the way, lots of love and respect from India ❣️ ❣️)

  2. It is not that we are dirty people ,from India ,we are more respectful and thankful to other people 🙏🙏 not like foreigners .and we wash our privates with our left hand and wash it with handwash

  3. Filipinos also have that culture. We use a pail of water and 'tabo' and our left hand to clean our but after using the toilet. But then, we surely wash our hands with soap.

  4. 8:15 I’m not Indian but I do the same thing cuz my family is from the Middle East. U technically pour water on your private areas and cleanse it. Ik it’s sort of weird.

  5. I've lived i south africa my whole life and never ever has number 12 ever occured… I don't know where you got that from🙄

  6. I’m Sri Lanka we use water instead of toilet paper. I’m my opinion using water is much more sanitary

  7. Paste some Nutella on both of your face cheeks
    Wipe one side with tissue and clean one side with water
    You'll know why we Indians use water and since after the availability of health faucet we're all using that

  8. I was in Thailand once and a random monkey jumps in my hotel pool and walks on to the porch of my hotel room and I have always tried to run as fast as I can so the monkey doesn't attack me

  9. What's wrong if Indians don't use toilet paper being a Indian myself it is quite comfortable to use water instead of toilet paper

  10. if you go to Ethiopian, and you are, the cutest thing ; a motherly figure starts spitting around and ,in front of you, Don't get offended. It means she likes you, and wants to protect you from
    " Bad Eyes" ! now days, they don't spit ,they make the sound of spitting. as if number two two ,in English. when they are proud of your achievements they say that . However, if a man did,( only once) he is angry at you. know the difference.

  11. well Philippine do the number 6 and what's wrong of washing your email but using water it's more OK than toilet paper

  12. Punxsutawney Phil named after the town in Pennsylvania which was named after the American Indians who had lived in the area ONLY PREDICTS SIX MORE WEEKS, WEEKS MIND YOU, of winter.

  13. Every time there is a birthday, my family fears of getting dirty and looking like a clown just because someone shoved their face in the cake.

  14. Number 20 makes no sence i have lived in diffrent parts of England my entire lifeand never heard of that or seen that have heard a ryhme about magpies one for sorrow,two for joy,three for a girl, four for a bly

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    Me: What do you mean the rest of the world do this? I USE ONLY WATER NOT TOILET PAPERRRR…! IN THE PHILIPPINESSS

  16. Not all countrys use toilet paper saudi arabia use water even other arab countrys srry but u kinda dont know alot of these countrys

  17. In Middle East It’s normal to use water in the bathroom cause water cleans well and then we dry the THING with tissu

  18. WOW! CHECK YOUR FACTS! South Africans DON'T throw things out to ring in the new year. That's insane. Where on earth did you come by this rotten tidbit?

  19. Generally people in India use water to cleanse and tissue to wipe out the water after cleanse and then wash their hands properly.

  20. All these customs seem very surprising to me ! 😀😀😁😁

    Whoever is from India, press the like button!😀😀😁😁

  21. Lol. Even Filipinos (Im one too) mostly prefer water other than tissue. And yes its much more safe and cleaner other than just a tissue. Although i use tissue for wiping and drying.

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