5 Common Traditions Explained

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

We humans like our traditions. Each of our many cultures do very specific things at weddings, funerals, and at other pivotal times in our lives. Trace takes a look why.

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23 comments

Country Girl November 26, 2013 - 11:24 AM

idea for episode… how to fall out of love / how to get over someone… science? chemicals in brain? phases we go threw?

Bidmartinlo November 27, 2013 - 4:42 PM

Our family tradition is to eat raspeballs, bacon and hotdogs at every special occasion! Why? Raspeballs are holy and must be given a good home! :O

Kayley199514 December 5, 2013 - 6:38 AM

Oh fiddler on the roof :)

Avani Singa December 6, 2013 - 8:46 PM

I'm spiritual, not religious.

Nicholas Epsilon December 8, 2013 - 8:41 AM

-spills salt –
:O oh my god.. i must ward away the devil
-throws salt shaker over my shoulder –
Whew.. that was… 
-looks behind me at very angry guys –
o.O.. mommy? :'(

Voldemort December 29, 2013 - 12:30 PM

A family tradition of mine, the McCollum family, so my dad's mother's part of the family, is to name your first born daughter Douglas, my aunt is named Douglas, and my second middle name is Douglas.

Tara Hwang January 24, 2014 - 6:32 AM

A+ for the Fiddler reference!

Isabella Calabrese January 27, 2014 - 7:09 AM

Love the Fiddler reference! 

Maroon Cape March 18, 2014 - 5:05 AM

Since salt helps to ward off germs, many cultures see salt as a way to ward off demons.  After all, they probably thought that demons were making them sick since they didn't know about germs at that time.  Still, people throw salt at mean people as a way to insult them when they tell them to leave. XD

P Ciprian March 25, 2014 - 3:21 PM

first of all demons do exist. second throwing rice and the rose petals thing is more of a british tradition and even if other nations adopted it it is still a stupid one. Usually it was considered good luck to rain in the day of your wedding especially if it was a summer wedding. So in some cases water was thrown on the bride and groom for prosperity. Today many consider it bad luck as it ruins expensive, fancy dresses. About the white wedding dress it symbolized purity, or more exactly that the bride was a virgin. Since people had become fornicators today, it has no more value. About flowers on the grave is simpler. Giving flowers always symbolized a gesture of affection and unlike today, not only women could receive flowers. So putting flowers on a grave meant you still care for the dead person and you still remember them. The whole salt thing comes from magic practices. In most if not all of pagan religions making a circle of salt would protect again evil spirits. Basically pagans believed that evil spirits for some reason are afraid of salt or that they could not cross a salt trail or a running water.

Churgus Wurgus April 5, 2014 - 4:33 PM

My family has a slightly weird tradition that when we turn 13 we get whipped cream sprayed in our mouths till it comes out our nose. I kinda nothing happened with me for about 2 minutes and all of a sudden I just sneezed it everywhere. One of our holiday traditions is singing "be good for goobity sakes" instead of "be good for goodness sakes" in Santa Clause is Coming To Town, which goes back to my older brother mixing it up when he was little. Another one is calling me Biggles, my sister Chook and my Uncle Tony is called Monghi (my older bro mixing up his nickname from the navy which was Nobby). We also call Harvest Canned Meals 'Shed Food' because when I was young we kept a LOT of the stuff in our shed. We also do some of the typical stuff, family dinners on weekends, ordering pizza and having a movie night etc etc. 

McLovin McBabies April 27, 2014 - 3:35 AM

Actually salt is thrown to people to protect them from envy assuming that if somebody envied another for something (for ex. For being rich) he might be really harmed (like losing his money)
It's Egypt which i'm talking about maybe others have this thought of the devil thing

Gisselle Cardoso May 17, 2014 - 1:34 PM

i loved his reference to the fiddler on the roof ^-^

jasjit.dhesi 1 May 23, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Tradition = Asian people
lol xD

Mad Munchkit July 6, 2014 - 8:21 PM

Muahahaha Throw the salt :D

Martyna Zuber July 8, 2014 - 3:15 AM

Polish people throw pennies.

Dispel Illusions December 17, 2014 - 8:47 AM

Throw salt at the devil…  I'll have to remember that one, just in case.

Buck Cake November 15, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Love the shirt!!

krraman666 December 3, 2016 - 8:35 AM

1 bath per year? eww

kim warburton March 21, 2018 - 12:51 AM

the oldest ceremonial burial i know of was a neanderthal, with red ochre and flowers, some of which were medicinal. approx 40k years ago. Neanderthals found from graves are nearly always painted with red ochre, but there's only been the one with flowers to my knowledge. it is suspected the (woman?) was a healer/shaman of greater than average ability, thus she was honoured more

Kamie June 20, 2018 - 1:20 AM

Salt is in meh cabinets

Eva Luna December 22, 2020 - 5:31 PM

I undernstan now🤔

Eva Luna December 22, 2020 - 5:31 PM

🤩👍🌹