So in the last part, “Top 10 Weird Christmas Traditions around the Globe” we read about 10 weird practices or traditions that prevail at the time of Christmas around the world; but in a world so vast can we really confine them to a list of just 10? Of course, not; there are a lot more weird traditions around the world that cannot be just limited to a list of 10. So here we are; presenting 10 more weird traditions around the globe:
10. Roller Skate Christmas (Venezuela)
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Skating is a good exercise if you are good at it; and no one denies doing exercise at any day. So here in Venezuela, it is a tradition that the worshippers have to reach early morning church services while skating. And to make sure that it doesn’t invite any sort of accidents; roads are made clear to provide safe passage for the worshippers. Skilled skaters who love travelling can enjoy their Christmas there; but yeah if you are a foodie and have gained extra pounds, then for sure you must avoid going to Venezuela around Christmas!
9. Wicked Witch on Christmas (Norway)
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Often the witches and the ghosts scare kids and children more than anyone else. What to say about a region where the population practices something that depicts their fear of witchcraft? Well; in Norway, people tend to hide their broom before they go to their beds. Their reason for this weird Christmas tradition is that they think that both the Christmas and the arrival of evil spirits and witches occur at the same time. Yeah, hide your brooms; that ought to stop witches!
8. Pickle and Christmas (United States)
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This one is rather a tribute and continuation of the practice of a national hero than a weird Christmas tradition. It is believed that at the times of the American civil wars 103rd Pennsylvania infantry’s Private John. C. Lower was captured. And when he was starving in the prison; he begged guard to give him something to eat, on which he was given a pickle. John later started the tradition of hiding the pickle in Christmas tree as he considered that pickle saved his life from starving and thus the weird tradition of hiding pickle in the Christmas tree started.
7. Mare-y Christmas (Wales)
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This one will definitely sound creepy and brutal to the people working for animal rights. In some of the rural areas of Wales; every Christmas a villager is selected and then is made to perform a ritual named as Mari Lwyd. It doesn’t stop here as the parade begins after that in the streets where the mare’s skull is fastened to a wooden pole. Villagers involve in parade singing traditional folklore and white sheets are used to hide and conceal the person carrying the pole as well as the pole itself too.
6. Taking the heat off (Europe)
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Christmas is a winter holiday so we’d better think about covering ourselves in winter clothes. But that is normal; it would be a weird Christmas tradition when one would take a bath in the chilling rivers on Christmas. So people in London take leap in Brighton beach, Serpentine etc on Christmas as a part of tradition. Not just in Britain but this weird tradition also prevails in parts of France, Ireland and some other parts too. So it is a strict no to the people who have a tendency of avoiding baths as much as they can in winters!
5. A few more Plates (Portugal)
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Again, this one is rather bringing your sentiments to the surface and is not so much of a weird Christmas tradition. In Portugal at the time of the feast; families tend to set some of the extra plates on the dining table as a remembrance for the deceased members of the family. They also say that this practice makes it sure that the good fortune is brought to the home. Whatever the reason is but we know that missing the deceased relatives around holidays is painful and a difficult thing to do.
4. Zwarte Piet and Christmas (Netherlands)
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This one is more of a controversial than a weird Christmas tradition. The tradition that has been banned in some parts of Netherlands while prevalent in some includes a Zwarte Piet or “Black Peter” who is considered a mischievous assistant to the Christmas Father. His job is appearing at the parades where he not only distributes the sweets and candies to kids but also amuses them. However the tradition was banned in some parts on counts of racism.
3. No Red Cards (Japan)
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If you think that red cards are scary only in football; you need to think again. If it is Christmas and you want to wish someone in Japan; of course your pick for Christmas card will be something reddish. In Japan, you don’t see red colored Christmas cards since red cards are sent to the families of the deceased usually and are connected with the funeral announcements.
2. Diwali Like Christmas (Guatemala)
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This Christmas tradition may remind the Indians of the festivals of Diwali and Dussehra celebrated there. In Guatemala people sweep their houses before Christmas (just like early preparations of Diwali in India) and after they have done sweeping and cleaning, they collect and create a large pile of dirt. This practice is done by each and every neighborhood and once it is completed; they place a devil’s effigy on top and then burn it (kind of like Dussehra in India). Cleanliness may make us realize that it is however not so weird Christmas tradition but considering the later part; it might look like one.
1. Scary Grandma’s Christmas (South Africa)
Grandmas in every parts of the world are supposed to love kids and vice versa. In South Africa however; a tale is told about a guy named Danny. Danny was a kid who was killed by her grandma. The reason that he was killed is because he angered her grandma by eating those cookies that have been left for Santa. It is said that the spirit of Danny haunts homes at the time of Christmas. Well; this weird Christmas tradition of telling kids a story like this might be stopped; what say?
It is a strange world we live in where truth is often more stranger than fiction and so we have to open up our minds that things are different at places far from us. But when it comes to holidays and traditions we have a tendency of believing that everywhere is same, which after reading this we can think that is not the case.