16 Crazy Things That Are Considered Normal in Other Countries

14th September 2018

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.

Some women in India marry trees 0:53
Sundanese people in Indonesia sometimes use banana leaves instead of plates 2:02
There is a cult of live Kumari goddesses in Nepal and it is made up of little girls 2:44
People in Israel build temporary dwellings called sukkahs in order to live there during the celebration of Sukkot 3:41
Newborn babies in South Korea are considered to be one year old 4:23
A metro passes through a block of apartments in China 5:17
Fast food restaurants in the Philippines sell huge portions 5:54
A whole family can fit on one motorcycle in Pakistan 6:32
Egyptians have a completely different concept of traffic rules 7:02
People in Italy arrange battles of oranges 7:35
Residents of Great Britain need to buy a separate TV license for each TV set at home 8:37
There is a church tax in Germany 9:32
People in Australia are fined for not voting 10:29
In Canada, milk is sold in transparent plastic bags 11:07
There are a group of female wrestlers that wear colorful clothes in Bolivia 11:32
There is a special ’instrument of education’ called la chancla that moms in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries use 12:35

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– After the ceremony, the tree is cut and burned and the woman is then allowed to marry a man.
– 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.
– People in Nepal believe that the Hindu goddess Taleju has an earthly incarnation in little girls whose bodies she sometimes possesses.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– Don’t get surprised if you see a portion of French fries for 6 people on the McDonald’s menu in the Philippines.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.

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