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Why We Dye Eggs Red for Easter

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There exists a tradition which makes Mary Magdalene out to be the originator of the custom of using red eggs on Easter day. Magdalene went to Rome to preach the Gospel and appearing before the Emperor Tiberius, offered him a red egg, saying: CHRIST IS RISEN.” Tiberius, who was skeptical over the woman’s sayings, told…

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire

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Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.  

Carrying wife over burning coal

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This is one of the weird Chinese culture. Husband carries his bride over burning coal when they enter their home together for the first time. It is done as a result of the belief that this will help the wife carry the baby and have a successful labour. By walking across those coals, Chinese men get…

Zombie chic: Indonesian Toraja villagers’ bizarre annual ritual of digging up its dead to give them a wash, groom and dress them in new clothes

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The Toraja people of Indonesia practice a truly singular ritual of exhuming the corpses of their fellow villagers. Ritual is called Ma’nene, or The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses, and takes place in Toraja in South Sulawesi. But it doesn’t end there: The corpse is draped in special garments and paraded around the village. Even the…