While many would use culture as something that bonds them together, Traditions amidst the culture becomes another interrelating aspect. With the changing race, attitudes and beliefs at every other corner, a specific set of practices that holds them together also take many different forms. Below are a set of traditions that various sects carry out and are more dangerous than fun and games.
1. New Years Dive:
On the day of the New Year, countless divers gather around and take a dip into the Baikal lake. As if this isn’t dangerous enough, one specified diver carries the new year’s tree to plant it at the bottom of the lake.
2. Polar Bear Plunge:
The event aims to gather donations for the Special Olympics and welcomes a huge number of participants every year. The participants have to jump in cold water during the winter season, and the dodgy part is, that it may cause paralysis, hypothermia, and even death but fortunately, nothing of that sort has happened as of yet.
3. Firework Battle:
This is a battle between two churches on an Easter Sunday in Chios, Greece. While the service session carries on, these churches aim at each other’s bell with the help of 150 people. The crowd’s fires over 24,000 rockets and have caused damages to homes and even deaths in the past.
4. Baby Dropping Ritual:
This is a ritual where countless Muslim children are dropped down from a 13 meter tower into white sheets. The babies have been dropping in at Solapur, India for over 300 years with the faithful claim that no baby is ever harmed. They believe that the children grow up strong and healthy.
5. Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling:
In Gloucester, England, a Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down a steep hill and a bunch of daring people chases it down. Read the full story
The world is full of chocoholics. And while some of you may not be crazy about it, the majority would love to travel around the world tasting the best chocolates ever. There are a few places that are exquisite when it comes to chocolates.
1. Tain L’Hermitage (France):
The famous chocolate producers, Valrhona, are based in this small town. There is a school called Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat. It teaches chocolatiers, caterers and professional chefs. The school also organizes a three-day course to teach decadent desserts to amateurs.
2. Cologne (Germany):
The Stollwerck Chocolate Company is based in this town. It was once the second largest chocolate supplier to the United States. A museum has been opened commemorating these chocolates called Imhoff Stollwreck Museum. It celebrates different chocolates from all over the world.
3. Hershey (Pennsylvania):
Hershey was named after the extreme popularity of Hershey’s Chocolates in 1906. It has also been dubbed as the sweetest place on earth. The Hershey Company and the H.B. Reese Candy Company both are based in this chocolate-loving town. There is a chocolate spa, Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Hershey Story Museum.
4. Villajoyosa (Spain):
Villajoyosa is also famously called the Chocolate City. The oldest gourmet chocolate producer of the country, Valor, is based in this city. There is also a great chocolate museum that tells the story of chocolate production in the town and also gives an idea about how the local chocolate is made.
5. San Francisco, California (USA):
San Francisco boasts to be one of the oldest chocolate manufacturers in the country. There are great chocolate tours with all the amazing chocolate shops. Read the full story
The most popular tourist destination on the planet – the city of Dubai, is an oasis in a vast desert landscape, situated on the Persian Gulf.
With some world famous hotels like the seven-star Burj al-Arab, and some of the tallest buildings in the world including the Emirates Towers and the Pentominium, the Dubai skyline is a must see. Here are the top 10 things to do in Dubai.
Dubai’s Top 10 Attractions
1) The Beaches
Dubai has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Pure white sandy shores with deep blue waters, attracts everyone. Just remember the sunscreen!
Scattered all over Dubai, you can find many shopping malls. Some of the most famous ones include the Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre. Also, if you can plan ahead, then go to Dubai in January, and be a part of one of the most famous Dubai shopping festivals.
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