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6 Weird Holiday Traditions From Around the World

It’s not uncommon to have a weird holiday tradition. We in America have a whole holiday dedicated to a rodent coming out of a hole and seeing its shadow – what the hell is that? But these FOREIGN traditions go much farther. Read on to discover the weirdest holiday traditions from around the world.

Beiwe Festival (Finland): Rub Butter on Your Door

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Also, kill a reindeer and wrap its entrails into a wreath, which you then hang from your butter-soaked door. This is all in honor of Beiwe, AKA the Goddess of Sanity. The Sami people of Finland are more badass than a motorcycle jumping through a hoop of flaming other motorcycles.

 

Christmas (Ukraine): Cover a Tree With Spiders

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Ukrainians put up Christmas trees just like us Americans. But instead of angels and tinsel and sh*t, Ukrainians adorn their trees with spiderwebs. Sadly, nowadays most of the spiders are fake … most.

 

December 25th (Japan): Eat at KFC

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Less than 1% of the Japanese population celebrates Christmas, and instead embrace Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakki!, a made-up marketing holiday whose traditions include a) eating at KFC, and b) that’s it. Valentine’s Day might mostly be a scam to make single people sad, but it can’t shake a danged stick at KFC’s brazenness. God bless you, Japanese KFC, for figuring out what Christmas is really about.

 

Melon Day (Turkmenistan): Praise a Particular Type of Melon

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Turkmenistan’s Saparmurat Niyazov may have been an insane, brutal dictator, but he got one thing right – melons are awesome. That’s why the second Sunday in August is still devoted to Melon Day, even though Niyazov, who made up the holiday on a whim in 1994, is hella dead. The entire holiday is spent honoring the Turkmenbashi melon by eating it, dancing around it, and playing songs about it. Suck it, apples!

 

Las Bolas de Fuego (El Salvador): Throw Flaming Rags at Each Other

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That’s it. That’s the whole holiday. Just people hurling fire at their friends ‘n’ neighbors. It’s on August 31st in Nejapa, El Salvador if you want to go. I know I do.

 

Tlacaxipehualiztli (Ancient Mexico): Sacrifice Some Folks

 

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For the spring equinox festival, the Aztecs would honor the death god Xipe Totec by draping their prisoners in the freshly-cut skin of other prisoners and sacrificing them, gladiator-style. And you thought your uncle was weird!

 

 

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