16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

Every country has its own
laws, traditions, rules, and specific features that might seem strange and even
shocking to the people of other cultures. For example, did you know that women
in India can marry a tree? And it’s not because they are crazy about nature. Or
that in South Korea babies are considered to be one year old at birth? Or that
Australia fines its citizens that don’t show up to elections?
Our world is amazing and
unique and that’s what Bright Side keeps reminding our readers. The following
16 facts confirm this statement.
16. Some women in India marry

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The reason for this strange
tradition is that in Vedic astrology, it’s believed that people who are under
the strong influence of Mars were not born for happy marriages. These people
are called manglik and there are even special sections on matchmaking sites
where mangliks can mingle with each other. It is believed that one manglik is
able to neutralize the influence of another one.
However, the situation is more
difficult for manglik women because people in India believe that a wife with
the dangerous Mars influence in her horoscope can worsen the health of her
husband. That’s why these women are instructed to first ’marry’ a tree so that
the ’curse of Mars’ passes on to the tree. After the ceremony, the tree is cut
and burned and the woman is then allowed to marry a man.
Strange enough, but manglik
men don’t need to go through any ritual. Apparently Indians believe that it is
only the wives who can affect their husbands’ health and destiny, or they
simply care less about the well-being of the wife in the family.
15. Sundanese people in
Indonesia sometimes use banana leaves instead of plates.

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The same tradition can be seen
in other hot countries, but in some parts of Indonesia a banana leaf serves as
a plate for several people at once. This type of gettogether is called botram,
which literally means “eating together.”
People from completely
different social positions can eat from one leaf: a taxi driver, a governor, an
unemployed person, a teacher, the mayor of the city, etc. It’s believed that
botram unites all people regardless of their origin. Cutlery is also not used
during this meal — the food is eaten with the hands.
14. There is a cult of live
Kumari goddesses in Nepal and it is made up of little girls.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

People in Nepal believe that
the Hindu goddess Taleju has an earthly incarnation in little girls whose
bodies she sometimes possesses. The process of looking for Kumari (the living
goddess) looks like the process of searching for the Dalai Lama’s new
incarnations. It is done by astrologists and monks — they search for the Kumari
among the Shakya caste in the Newari community.
There are several Kumari in
the country, but the most famous one is the Royal Kumari that lives in
Kathmandu. The selection process consists of several strict rituals, after
which the chosen one settles in a palace where she receives visitors with
presents who hope that the living goddess will send them blessings for good
health, as well as solutions to all their problems.
13. People in Israel build
temporary dwellings called sukkahs in order to live there during the celebration
of Sukkot.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries
It is customary to build
temporary shelters called sukkahs in yards or on balconies. These are built in
memory of the wanderings of the Jews in the Sinai Desert before the
celebrations of the Sukkot feast start. It is considered a sacred duty. One
should spend as much time as possible in a sukkah during the week of
celebrations — eat there, rest there, and pray there. If living there is not an
option, having meals in a sukkah twice a day is obligatory.
12. Newborn babies in South
Korea are considered to be one year old.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries
Newborn babies in South Korea
and in some other countries are considered one year old. Additionally, it’s
believed that a person becomes one year older not on their birthday (though
that is celebrated too) but on the first day of the Lunar New Year.
So, if a kid was born on the
29th day of the 12th month according to the Lunar calendar, it means he will
turn 2 years old on the first day of the Lunar New Year when, in fact, he is
just several days old.
Contemporary Gregorian
calendars, as well as the contemporary measurement of age, are used in Korea
too. They use this data when filling out various documents and this age is used
to define when they start school or when they are allowed to get legally
11. A metro passes through a
block of apartments in China.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

There is an extremely atypical
architectural solution that you can see in the Chinese city of Chongqing — the
Liziba monorail train station is located inside a residential building. The
trains pass through it on the level of the 6th floor and it has garnered
various reactions — from admiration to indignation. It seems this solution has
been used in Japan as well. The building there is not residential, but a
commercial office building and it’s a highway, not a metro, that passes through
10. Fast food restaurants in
the Philippines sell huge portions.

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The reason is not because
Filipinos are gluttonous, but because many people like to have lunch in the
company of friends. There is even a special word for these gettogethers —
barkada. So don’t get surprised if you see a portion of French fries for 6
people on the McDonald’s menu in the Philippines.
By the way, there is a similar
situation in Saudi Arabia where fast food restaurants are set up for big
families. For example, you can easily see a basket of chicken wings that will
be enough for 10-15 people on the menu at the local KFC.
9. A whole family can fit on
one motorcycle in Pakistan.

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This situation is neither safe
nor comfortable, but it can be seen pretty often in Pakistan and many other
countries. These photos are usually laughed at on the internet, but they are
actually something we should think about. Sometimes poverty gives people no
other choice than to do strange and often dangerous things.
8. Egyptians have a completely
different concept of traffic rules.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries
You can drive any way you want
in Egypt and it’s unlikely that your driving license will be revoked. Of
course, this type of driving creates traffic jams, emergency situations, and
many dangers for commuters that are on bikes or walking. Officially, the
traffic rules in Egypt are the same as they are all over the world, but the
fact is that policemen there don’t really pay much attention to these

7. People in Italy arrange
battles of oranges.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries
Every year, in February or at
the beginning of March, the Carnevale d’Ivrea is held involving the traditional
battle of oranges. People throw oranges at each other like snowballs. Why
oranges you might ask?
According to some historians,
this battle is the symbol of a popular uprising against the despotism of lords.
But there is a more interesting version about a girl named Violetta who
protected herself from the local tyrant ruler who was going to use his right of
the first night. Guards tried to arrest Violetta but the citizens saved her by
throwing stones at the guards. Today, oranges symbolize those stones.
And though this tradition has
its opponents (which is not surprising because 350 tons of oranges are wasted
within 3 days of the event), the number of participants of this unusual
festival increases year after year.
6. Residents of Great Britain
need to buy a separate TV license for each TV set at home.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

BBC is public television and
is funded by licensing fees paid by citizens who have TVs and other devices
where they can watch live broadcasts like computers, laptops, smartphones,
tablets, and even gaming consoles.
This license costs £145.50 per
year and residents either have to buy it or to reject it with a written
application explaining their reason for not watching TV. Otherwise, they could
be slapped with a huge fine. It is impossible to reject the service and watch
TV programs illegally — there is a special service called the Enforcement
Division (you can see the retro car from this service in the above photo) that
will come to your home without warning and check.
5. There is a church tax in

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

Kirchensteuer — is a church
tax that is imposed on the parishioners of some religious communities in
Germany. Roman Catholic churches, Evangelical churches, a unitary religious
society of free Protestants, and Jewish communities are among them.
The size of the tax is set at
8-9% of the amount of their income tax. For example, if a parishioner pays
10,000 euros in income tax per year, they will have to pay 800 euros to the
church. Additionally, this tax can be applied to dividends and to the money
made from selling property.
A taxpayer has the right to
leave the church and refuse to pay the tax, for which they will need to fill
out a special notice. Those who refuse to pay the tax can be excommunicated.
Also, they can be blacklisted from working in some church organizations, like
schools or hospitals.

4. People in Australia are
fined for not voting.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

While some people in the world
complain about the results of an election and declare that they won’t take part
in the process anymore, others are simply not allowed not to vote. Australia is
one country where people are required to pay a fine for not participating in
the election. The fine is not huge, but still, it’s a penalty. For example, in
2010, 6,000 people didn’t show up at the election in Tasmania and each of them
was fined $26.

3. In Canada, milk is sold in
transparent plastic bags.

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It’s difficult to amaze the
residents of some countries with milk in plastic bags. But for many residents
of our planet, this milk seems strange because it’s usually sold in plastic
bottles or cartons. It turns out that this packaging can be pretty comfortable
if you place it into a jar like Canadian people do.

2. There are a group of female
wrestlers that wear colorful clothes in Bolivia. They are called cholitas.

16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

The idea of recruiting a
number of simple Bolivian women to participate in wrestling competitions
belonged to Juan Mamani, the manager of a team called the Titans of the Ring.
Juan was puzzled by the fact that ticket sales drastically dropped in 2001.
Mamani placed an ad in the local newspaper about an opening in his group and,
much to his surprise, there appeared to be many local beauties willing to earn
money with the help of their fists.
Unlike male wrestlers who
fight in comfortable, sporty clothes, these women have to fight in their
national outfits — lush skirts, bright blouses, shoes, and bowler hats. Also,
there are no professional athletes among the cholitas; very often, they have to
combine fighting in the ring with taking care of their home and other
1. There is a special
’instrument of education’ called la chancla that moms in Mexico and other
Spanish speaking countries use.
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As a rule, la chancla is a
slipper or a sandal that Latin American and Spanish mothers and grandmothers
use when disciplining mischievous children and teens. Nowadays, most Western
countries consider this method of raising children abusive and we are not
trying to justify it.
But it seems that the chancla
remains a strong weapon in Mexico and other regions with a similar mentality.
For example, the old lady in the photo above found out that her granddaughter
has a boyfriend and the first thing she did was to take off her slipper. By the
way, kids ’raised’ with the help of a chancla continue to joke about this topic
and it seems that they don’t think that their childhood was traumatized.
Are there any things in your
country that might amaze the rest of the world? Please tell us about them in
the comments!

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.