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    • Christmas traditions

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    • Traditional clothing

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    • Customs involving siblings

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    • Death customs

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    • Traditions involving fire

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    • Folk Christianity

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    • Traditional games

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    • Hadith

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    • Military traditions

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    • Mining culture and traditions

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    • Traditional music

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    • Naming conventions

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    • Oral tradition

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    • Parting traditions

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    • Pirate customs and traditions

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    • School traditions

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    • Seasonal traditions

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    • Traditional holidays

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    • Wedding traditions

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    • Tradition

    • A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Common examples include holidays or impractical but socially meaningful clothes (like lawyers' wigs or military officers' spurs), but the idea has also been applied to social ... Read »


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    • Aptal Nisan

    • Aptal Nisan is a Turkish wedding tradition dating back to the days of the Ottoman Empire. The tradition in its most basic form is a simple sleeping ceremony or ritual that takes place the night before a Turkish wedding. The ceremony consists of the groom tying a "Nikah Kravat" (colorful fabric or wound ribbons used in ... Read »


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    • Artificial cranial deformation

    • Artificial cranial deformation, head flattening, or head binding is a form of body alteration in which the skull of a human being is deformed intentionally. It is done by distorting the normal growth of a child's skull by applying force. Flat shapes, elongated ones (produced by binding between two pieces of wood), roun ... Read »


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    • Bean-feast

    • A bean-feast was primarily an annual dinner given by an employer to his or her employees. By extension, colloquially, it describes any festive occasion with a meal and an outing. The word, and its shorter form "beano," are fairly common in Britain, less known in the United States. In the nineteenth and early twentieth ... Read »


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    • Birthday cake

    • Birthday Cake

      The birthday cake has been an integral part of the birthday celebrations in western European countries since the middle of the 19th century, which extended to Western culture. Certain rites and traditions, such as singing of birthday songs, associated with birthday cakes are common to many Western cultures. The Western ... Read »


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    • Birthday customs and celebrations

    • There are many and varied customs associated with the celebration of birthdays around the world. The birthday cake is traditionally highly decorated, and typically covered with lit candles when presented, the number of candles signifying the age of the celebrant. The person whose birthday it is may make a silent w ... Read »


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    • Bratachari movement

    • The Bratachari movement (from vrata in Bengali meaning vow Bengali: ব্রতচারী আন্দোলন) was a movement for spiritual and social improvement in India initiated by Gurusaday Dutt in 1932. The movement aimed to raise the self-esteem and national awar ... Read »


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    • Bread and salt

    • Bread and salt is a welcome greeting ceremony in many European cultures. The tradition, known by its local Slavic names: Belarusian: Хлеб і соль; Bulgarian: Хляб и сол; Macedonian: Леб и сол; Croatian: Kruh i sol; Serbian: Хлеб и Ñ ... Read »


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    • Bundling (tradition)

    • Bundling, or tarrying, is the traditional practice of wrapping one person in a bed accompanied by another, usually as a part of courting behavior. The tradition is thought to have originated either in the Netherlands or in the British Isles and later became common in Colonial America, especially in Pennsylvania Dutch C ... Read »


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    • Candy Desk

    • Candy Desk

      The Candy Desk has been a tradition of the United States Senate since 1968, whereby a senator who sits at a desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. The same desk has not always been used; the Candy Desk was moved to its present position on the Republican side of the chamber after ... Read »


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    • Celebratory gunfire

    • Celebratory gunfire (also called aerial firing or happy fire) is the shooting of a firearm into the air in celebration. It is culturally accepted in parts of the Balkans, the Middle East, the Central Asian region of Afghanistan, and the South Asian regions of Pakistan and Northern India. In regions such as Puerto Rico ... Read »


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    • The Chariton Collector

    • The Chariton Collector

      The Chariton Collector was a local history and folklore magazine published biannually between 1980 and 1989 by students at Kirksville High School, Kirksville, Missouri. The magazine took its name from the Chariton River, which flows through northeast Missouri. In Fall of 1979 a new class, Local History, was offere ... Read »


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    • Chip on shoulder

    • To have a chip on one's shoulder refers to the act of holding a or grievance that readily provokes disputation. "A chip on the shoulder" comes from the ancient right of shipwrights within the Royal Navy Dockyards to take home a daily allowance of offcuts of timber, even if good wood was cut up for this purpose. The p ... Read »


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    • Constitutional convention (political custom)

    • A constitutional convention is an informal and uncodified procedural agreement that is followed by the institutions of a state. In some states, notably those Commonwealth of Nations states that follow the Westminster system and whose political systems derive from British constitutional law, most government functions ar ... Read »


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    • Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake


    • Crying the Neck

    • Crying The Neck is a harvest festival tradition practised in the Duchy of Cornwall, Britain. The tradition was also once popular in the county of Devon, but its practice there has since died out. The tradition was revived in the early twentieth century by the Old Cornwall Society. In The Story of Cornwall, by Kenneth ... Read »


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    • Devil's Night


    • Donkey rides

    • Donkey rides are a traditional feature of seaside resorts in the United Kingdom. Children are allowed to ride donkeys on a sandy beach for a fee in summer months while on holiday, normally led in groups at walking pace. Typically, the donkeys used to have their names on their harnesses so they could be identified by ch ... Read »


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    • Foxfire (magazine)

    • The Foxfire magazine began in 1966, written and published as a quarterly American magazine by students at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a private secondary education school located in the U.S. state of Georgia. At the time Foxfire began, Rabun Gap Nacoochee School was also operating as a public secondary education school ... Read »


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    • Gimjang

    • Gimjang

      Gimjang (김장), also spelled kimjang, is the traditional process of preparation and preservation of kimchi, the spicy Korean pickled vegetable dish, in the wintertime. During the summer months, Kimchi is made fresh, from seasonal vegetables. For one month, starting from the tenth moon of the year, people prepar ... Read »


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    • Godiva's Hymn


    • High Table

    • The High Table is a table for the use of fellows (members of the Senior Common Room) and their guests at Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin and Durham colleges. Other academic institutions (such as University of London; University of St Andrews;University of Manchester and University of Bristol in the UK, Queen's University, an ... Read »


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    • Homecoming

    • Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back former students and celebrating a school's existence. It is a tradition in many high schools and colleges in the United States, Canada and the Philippines. Homecoming is an annual tradition in the United States. People, towns, high schools, and colleges come together, usua ... Read »


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    • Intangible cultural heritage

    • Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is promoted by UNESCO as a counterpart to the World Heritage focusing mainly on intangible aspects of culture. In 2001, UNESCO made a survey among States and NGOs to try to agree on a definition, and the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was drafted in 20 ... Read »


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    • Ivy Day (United States)

    • Ivy Day

      Ivy Day is an annual ceremony in which an ivy stone is placed on either a residential, academic or administrative building or ground to commemorate academic excellence. The ceremony is most known for being practiced among older colleges in the Northeastern United States. It is most associated with the Ivy League and a ... Read »


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    • Jack o' Lent


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    • Journeyman years

    • Normally three years and one day in Germany and Switzerland is minimum period of journeyman/woman. The journeyman years (Wanderjahre) refer to the tradition of setting out on travel for several years after completing apprenticeship as a craftsman. The tradition dates back to medieval times and is still alive in German ... Read »


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    • Jul (Norway)

    • Jul or jol ([jʉːɽ])is the term used for the Christmas holiday season in Scandinavia and parts of Scotland. Originally, "jul" was the name of a month in the old Germanic calendar. The concept of "jul" was a period of time rather than a specific event prevailing in Scandinavia. In modern times, "Jul" is a genera ... Read »


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    • Jul (Sweden)

    • Jul ([jʉːl]), the Swedish Christmas holiday, is celebrated throughout December and traditionally until St. Knut's Day on January 13. The main celebration and the exchange of gifts takes place on Christmas Eve, December 24. The Lucia Day is celebrated during Advent, on December 13. Christmas in Sweden is a blend ... Read »


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    • Kandhei Jatra

    • Kandhei Jatra (କଣ୍ଢେଇ ଯାତ୍ରା) or Toy Fair is a traditional festival celebrated every year in Berhampur in the Indian state of Odisha. The festival is three centuries old and related to the oldest Jagannath temple of the city.This festival takes place for three ... Read »


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    • Kissing traditions

    • Many societies have traditions which involve kissing. Kissing can indicate joy or be used as part of a greeting. Kissing involves the touching of one's lips to the lips or other body part, such as the cheek, head, hand, of another person. In the Western world, a kiss is a common gesture of greeting, and at times a ... Read »


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    • Lament

    • A lament or lamentation is a passionate expression of grief, often in music, poetry, or song form. The grief is most often born of regret, or mourning. Laments can also be expressed in a verbal manner, where the participant would lament about something they regret or someone they've lost, usually accompanied by wailing ... Read »


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    • Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

    • The Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity was made by the Director-General of UNESCO starting in 2001 to raise awareness on intangible cultural heritage and encourage local communities to protect them and the local people who sustain these forms of cultural expressions. Several ma ... Read »


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    • Mos Teutonicus

    • Mos Teutonicus (Latin: the German custom) was a postmortem funerary custom used in Europe in the Middle Ages as a means of transporting, and solemnly disposing of, the bodies of high status individuals. The process involved the removal of the flesh from the body, so that the bones of the deceased could be transported h ... Read »


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    • Munire morem, non stare

    • Munire morem, non stare is Latin for "building a tradition, not resting upon one". The phrase is oftentimes used as a motto, as in the Iota Phi Theta fraternity. ... Read »


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    • Pinky swear

    • To pinky swear, or to make a pinky promise, is the entwining of the little fingers ("pinkies") of two people to signify that a promise has been made. In the United States, the pinky swear has existed since at least 1860, when Dictionary of Americanisms listed the following accompanying promise: Pinky swearing presuma ... Read »


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    • Punch and Judy

    • Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular, and usually very violent puppet show featuring Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically Mr. Punch and one other character (who usually falls victim to M ... Read »


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    • Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo

    • A rapa das bestas is the name given to the annual curro (roundup) of wild horses celebrated the first Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of July in Sabucedo, Pontevedra, Spain. Across more than 200 km² of hillside currently more than six-hundred horses roam freely in fourteen droves, referred to in Galician as bestas ... Read »


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    • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

    • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

      The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is a UNESCO treaty adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 17 October 2003. The convention entered into force in 2006, after thirtieth instruments of ratification by UNESCO Member States. As of September 2016, 171 states have ratified the c ... Read »


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    • Scheibenschlagen

    • Scheibenschlagen (disk flinging) is a traditional event in Central Europe in which glowing wooden disks (10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches) are flung from a long hazelnut stick off a mountain side into the valley below. Scheibenschlagen was first recorded as early as 1090 C.E. On March 21, 1090, a building neighboring ... Read »


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    • Senior prank

    • A senior prank is a type of organized prank pulled by the senior class of a school, college, or university to cause chaos throughout the institution. The pranks are usually carried out at the end of the senior school year as a going away mark on the school, and in some cases have become something of a tradition. This i ... Read »


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    • Sons of Norway

    • Sons of Norway (Sønner av Norge), founded in 1895 as the Independent Order of the Sons of Norway, is a fraternal organization principally representing people of Norwegian heritage in the United States and Canada. The organization includes in its mission the promotion and preservation of the heritage and culture of N ... Read »


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    • Spanking

    • Spanking is a type of corporal punishment involving the act of striking the of another person to cause physical pain, generally with an open hand (more commonly referred to in some countries as slapping or smacking). More severe forms of spanking, such as switching, paddling, belting, caning, whipping, and birching, i ... Read »


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    • Taqbil

    • Taqbil or Taqbeel (Arabic: تقبيل‎‎; taqbiyl; Arabic pronunciation: [tɑqbi:l]) is a tradition to require non Sayyids to kiss the hand of Sayyids, mostly in Hadhrami people of Yemen. Taqbil in Arabic literally means Kissing. In Hadhramaut, the Sayyid people receive gestures of respect from ... Read »


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    • The Little Mouse

    • The Little Mouse, or , is a fairy tale legend popular in most Francophone countries, most notably in France, and French speaking Belgium. The legend of the Little Mouse ties in with that of the Tooth Fairy, the difference being that in this case, a little mouse sneaks in while the child is asleep, and replaces the ... Read »


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    • Tooth fairy

    • The tooth fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood. The folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow and the tooth fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment. The tradition of leaving a tooth under a pillow for t ... Read »


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    • Twelve Traditions

    • The Twelve Traditions of twelve-step programs provide guidelines for relationships between the twelve-step groups, members, other groups, the global fellowship, and society at large. Questions of finance, public relations, donations, and purpose are addressed in the Traditions. They were originally written by Bill Wils ... Read »


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    • Traditions of the United States Senate

    • The United States Senate observes a number of traditions, some formal and some informal. Some of the current and former traditions are described below: From the Senate's earliest days, the new members have observed a ritual of remaining silent during floor debates for a period of time. Depending on the era and the ... Read »


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    • Valentine Phantom

    • The Valentine Phantom, often referred to as the Valentine Bandit in media reports, refers to an individual or group who each Valentine's Day secretly decorate the downtown area of a city in the United States with a series of red hearts printed on sheets of letter-sized paper. The reports began in Portland, Maine in 19 ... Read »


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    • Vasant Vyakhyanmala

    • Vasant Vyakhyanmala is a traditional annual spring lecture series held in Pune, India, for the last 140 years and hosted by Vaktruttvottejak Sabha.Vaktruttvottejak Sabha was founded by Mahadev Govind Ranade in 1875.The idea was to present a variety of lectures, across various topics to the people. In the later half of ... Read »


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    • Vernacular culture

    • Vernacular culture is the cultural forms made and organised by ordinary, often indigenous people, as distinct from the high culture of an elite. One feature of culture is that it is informal. Such culture is generally engaged in on a non-profit and voluntary basis, and is almost never funded by the state The term is u ... Read »


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    • Virgin boy egg

    • Virgin boy eggs are a traditional dish of Dongyang, Zhejiang, China in which eggs are boiled in the urine of young boys, preferably under the age of ten. Named "tong zi dan" (Chinese: 童子尿煮鸡蛋; pinyin: Tóngzǐ Niào Zhǔ JÄ«dàn), the dish translates literally to "boy egg" and i ... Read »


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    • Wayzgoose

    • A wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a pri ... Read »


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    • Whip fighting

    • Whip fighting can be done as a ritual, a show, or a sport, the latter also known as whip boxing. It has long been known in various cultures that various whips are serious weapons. David Hicks, a professor of anthropology describes caci, a ritual tournament of whip fighting of the Manggarai people of Indonesia perform ... Read »


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    • Woodcraft

    • The term woodcraft — or woodlore — denotes skills and experience in matters relating to living and thriving in the woods—such as hunting, fishing, and camping—whether on a short- or long-term basis. Traditionally, woodcraft pertains to subsistence lifestyles, with implications of hunting-gathering. ... Read »


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