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#1 Coren

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:54 AM

Ok so after being explained what black Friday origins were, I got to thinking it would be cool to share our local customs, especially the fun ones.

Originally I'm from Geneva, Switzerlad, and our main custom is the.12th December, called, literally translated from French, "l'escalade", which means "The climb". Basically in 1602, the French invaded Geneva, which used to be surrounded by a huge wall (rampart) during the night of the 12th December. While all able fighting man was off to war, only artisans, women, children and te elderly were in town. the French soldiers climbed over the rampart to attack the inhabitants but were spotted and the whole town rose up. The French were beaten back, decapitated and their heads put on spikes outside the town gates.

The funny part is, legend has it that a woman who was making vegetable soup at the time, poured the contents of it on passing French soldiers in the street from her window.

And so, every year the people of Geneva celebrate this by breaking a chocolate cauldron filed with marzipan and the like. The oldest and youngest of the household join hands over the cauldron and say "ainsi périssent les ennemis de la république", which means "and thus die the enemies of the republic ", then smash it ti pieces... Then we eat it.

There's a whole religious reason as to why the French attacked in the first place, but I won't go into it.

So, anyone else wants to share?

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

local custom in australia? Nothing beats a good old beer on a hot sunnyday afternoon.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

Eating purple yoghurt without spoons while sitting naked around the sacred fire outdoors every November the 23rd.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

Greece has a lot of distinct customs and traditions, dunno what to first bring up really and will probably say things wrong as I was never too much into all this traditional stuff and am anything but a religious person (though I respect people who are as long as they don't try to shove it in my face).

The carnival and Clean Monday (beginning of the 40 day lent before Easter) has some weird local traditions, maybe the weirdest one is the rather phallic fertility parade in Tyrnavos, complete with teasing so many giggling, oblidging females in sight with a slew of phallic shaped objects. And Patra has one of the biggest carnivals in Greece.

I guess Orthodox Easter, and the "ramp up" toward it, would be the most distinct. It's the one religious holiday that's still got some charm and personality. The usual thing is to have a big lent in the week prior, go to church Saturday evening for Easter and celebrate it with your family (the customary Easter night meal is a tripe soup), and on Easter sunday people tend to flock at their villages and guzzle down roast lamb or goat, along with other meaty treats. Lots of traditional Greek music and dancing happens then, all of which makes me feel really awkward as I'm not really into all that stuff. As for local customs, again there are tons, on Chios for example there are two villages that fire homemade rockets at each others churches bell tower (lots of people have been seriously injured in this tradition).

15th of August is an important religious holiday too, with Tinos being the "central hub" for honoring the Virgin Mary. Many people go on pilgrimage to the church there, you'll often see many old fogeys (and not only) crawling on their hands and knees toward the church.

Eh... There really is so much stuff that I couldn't fit it into one post even if I were an expert on them and a good, concise writer.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:20 AM

on the 15th days of Chinese New Year, ppl throw mandarin oranges in to the sea in hope to find good husband

on other occasion, other ppl throw Coconut on the ground to break it during Thaipusam

and i am pretty sure, all over the world ppl throw china/pottery when there's a domestic fight.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:15 AM

View PostHeart Collector, on 22 November 2012 - 02:22 PM, said:

Greece has a lot of distinct customs and traditions, dunno what to first bring up really and will probably say things wrong as I was never too much into all this traditional stuff and am anything but a religious person (though I respect people who are as long as they don't try to shove it in my face).

The carnival and Clean Monday (beginning of the 40 day lent before Easter) has some weird local traditions, maybe the weirdest one is the rather phallic fertility parade in Tyrnavos, complete with teasing so many giggling, oblidging females in sight with a slew of phallic shaped objects. And Patra has one of the biggest carnivals in Greece.

I guess Orthodox Easter, and the "ramp up" toward it, would be the most distinct. It's the one religious holiday that's still got some charm and personality. The usual thing is to have a big lent in the week prior, go to church Saturday evening for Easter and celebrate it with your family (the customary Easter night meal is a tripe soup), and on Easter sunday people tend to flock at their villages and guzzle down roast lamb or goat, along with other meaty treats. Lots of traditional Greek music and dancing happens then, all of which makes me feel really awkward as I'm not really into all that stuff. As for local customs, again there are tons, on Chios for example there are two villages that fire homemade rockets at each others churches bell tower (lots of people have been seriously injured in this tradition).

15th of August is an important religious holiday too, with Tinos being the "central hub" for honoring the Virgin Mary. Many people go on pilgrimage to the church there, you'll often see many old fogeys (and not only) crawling on their hands and knees toward the church.

Eh... There really is so much stuff that I couldn't fit it into one post even if I were an expert on them and a good, concise writer.

They shoot rockets.at eachother's churches? Sounds like airsoft.but with explosives. Sign me up :D

Edited by Coren, 23 November 2012 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:19 AM

View Postpumpkin pie, on 23 November 2012 - 07:20 AM, said:

and i am pretty sure, all over the world ppl throw china/pottery when there's a domestic fight.

LMFAO!!!




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