Every culture in the world practices some rituals and customs. These rituals seem weird and strange to those who do not follow them. Here I have enlisted some of the most weird customs being followed around the globe.
The first of weird customs on our list is camel wrestling. In Turkey, camel wrestling is a popular event where viewers watch it delightfully as two camels wrestle each other.
Blackening the Bride
The second on the list of weird customs is the blackening of the bride. To prepare for them marriage, Scottish brides have to go through this very unclean pre-wedding ritual. Friends of the bride take her by surprise and cover her with eggs, spoiled milk, feathers and many other disgusting things. The purpose of this custom is to prepare the bride for marriage.
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Polterabend is a German pre-wedding weird customs where friends and family come together for an informal party. They break dishes, flowerpots, tiles, toilets, pretty much anything except glasses or mirrors. The bride and groom must clean everything up later on.
Monkey Buffet Festival
The monkeys are the ones feasting at this annual event in Thailand. Over 3,000 kilograms of fruit and vegetables are offered to the monkey population of the Lopburi province in Bangkok.
At the World Gurning Championship in Egremont, England, competitors don a horse collar and attempt to make the ugliest face possible. People take this very seriously. One champion even had his teeth removed in 2000 to make his facial maneuvers easier.
Finger Cutting Tradition
Women of Dani tribe in Indonesia suffer great physical pain with the emotional pain. When a family member dies, female relatives must cut off a segment of one of their fingers. This practice is performed to satisfy ancestral ghosts. Painfully weird no doubt.
Bathroom Ban of Tedong
The Tidong are a group of people from northern Borneo who celebrate this wedding custom. For 3 days and 3 nights following the wedding, both the bride and groom are prohibited from using the bathroom. They believe that custom will lead to a long, happy, and fertile marriage.
Day of the Geese
This is a Spanish weird tradition in which a lubricated goose is suspended over water and young men jump from boats and attempt to tear off the head of the goose. This competition serves as a way for young men to prove their strength and eligibility to females. This competition is now only held during the San Antolin festival in Lekeitio, with a dead goose.
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The people of Catalonia, Spain have quite the amusing Christmas tradition. They hide small statues of people and then try to find them. These figurines are called “caganers”. This tradition has existed since the 17th century.
For a thousand years, young Chinese girls had to undergo the painful and devastating process of foot binding. To have small-sized and desirable feet girls between the ages of three and fourteen had their feet broken and bound with bandages, in order to prevent their feet from growing “too big”.