7 strange customs and habits around the world
1. Some women in India marry a tree
The reason for this strange tradition is that in Vedic astrology, it is believed that those affected by Mars will not have a happy marriage. These people are called manglik and there are even websites dedicated to mangliks.
However, Indians believe that a manglik woman can adversely affect men's health at marriage. Therefore, these women must do a marriage ceremony with a tree so that the curse from Mars will only affect that tree. After the ceremony, the tree is cut down and the woman is allowed to return home with her husband. However, if a manglik is male, there is no need to undergo any ritual. Indians think that only a wife changes destiny and adversely affects family happiness.
2. Sundanese people in Indonesia use banana leaves instead of plates
This tradition can be easily encountered in some tropical countries like Indonesia. They use banana leaves instead of plates and if many people eat together, they will use a big banana leaf. This tradition called Botram means eating together. Even spoons, forks or chopsticks are not used in Botram but you have to use your hands to get food.
3. Cult of Kumari goddesses living in Nepal
The people of Nepal believe that the Indian goddess has an earthly incarnation in young girls. The process of searching for Kumari (the goddess of virginity) in the Newari community is done by astrologers and monks.
The selection process includes a number of strict rituals, after which Kumari is brought into the palace and given gifts to visitors in the hope that the living goddess would bless them and answer their questions.
4. Infants in Korea are considered to be 1 year old
Newly born children in Korea and some other countries are considered to be nearly one year old. People think that a new age is not on the birthday but on the first day of the Lunar New Year. For example, a child born on December 29 means that he is 1 year old and on the first day of the new year according to the lunar calendar, the baby is 2 years old, despite the fact that he is only a few days old.
5. UK residents need a license to watch TV
In the UK, BBC is public television and people have to pay a copyright fee and need a license to watch the TV programs. In addition, they also have to pay copyright fees when watching the programs via computer, phone or even playing games. Every year people spend £ 146 to watch TV shows.
If you do not purchase this service pack, people must explain in writing the reasons why they refused to buy. If not, they may be fined. There is a special unit named the Enforcement Office will come to your house to check on you whether you use TV or not.
6. There is a church tax in Germany
Kirchensteuer is a church tax applied to parishioners of several religious communities in Germany. Roman Catholic churches and Protestant churches will be subject to this special tax. The tax rate is 8-9% of the parishioner's income.
A layperson may leave the church and refuse to pay taxes but must write a special notice. However, those who do not pay taxes may be blacklisted when working in some church organizations, schools or hospitals.
7. People in Australia are penalized for not voting
In Australia, people will have to pay a penalty if they do not participate in voting. The fine is not large but still a deterrent. In 2010, about 6,000 Australians did not go to vote in Tasmania and each was fined $ 26
By: Roxana Edwards