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Traditions in your country! Winner: Vlajko8

Congratulations Vlajko8!!! You have won the 50 lingot prize for the most fascinating tradition! I must confess that there were so many interesting and well written traditions that it was a little hard on my part to pick out the best one, so I thank everyone who shared their traditions and wish you all good luck in your language learning!

Every country has its own unique traditions that make it special and brings people closer together. It is interesting to study the roots of these customs and ideas. I thought it might be fun to read some of your country's traditions. Or you could share some tradition that you have heard of from another country if not your own. For every tradition I will give 5 lingots. (Not that 5 lingots is a lot!) For the most fascinating tradition the reward will be 50 lingots. I know that for many people lingots are a meaningless issue, but please don't hate this discussion for that. They're just there for a little motivation. Have a great day!

I will give the final reward on Thursday, January 18/2018

Attention: Due to a glitch, the amount of lingots it says I give is incorrect. Example: When I give someone 30 lingots it might say I gave them only 3 or it might say I gave them 54. Please check how many lingots you have to start with so that you are sure you received the correct amount.

January 17, 2018



My wife is Russian and there are a number of traditions in Russia that I would call superstitious but are practiced even though the people may not believe in them. For example, it is considered bad luck to leave an empty wine bottle on the table. If you dining with a bunch of Russians and someone pours the last bit of wine, you will notice that they discretely put the empty bottle on the floor.

Another deals with door sills, particularly the one for a door going outside. For example, it is considered bad luck to kiss (as might happen we a spouse is leaving for work) with one person standing inside and the other standing outside. This extends beyond kissing: my mother in-law refused to hand my infant son to me across the sill; she wouldn't even hand me my car keys and came all the way out of the house to give them to me.

There are many others - if you leave the house and come back in because your forgot something, you are supposed to look in the mirror before going back out - but I think you get the idea!


Extremely interesting! Thank you for sharing!


In Serbia, there is a beautiful tradition which is called "Slava" :)... It's also pretty difficult for me to describe it without 10 written pages, so i will try to cover only the basics! :D

As far as i know, Serbians are the only one of all Eastern Orthodox Christians who have this tradition (But I need to double check that, don't hate me if I'm wrong!).

First thing you need to know is that every household, and every family in Serbia have their own "saint", or something like "protector of the house". It's also very common to see a picture of family protector in almost every house in Serbia, so we take "Slava" tradition very seriously :)...

Every "Saint" has also his own day in the calendar. So for example, the protector of my house is Saint John, and his day is 20th of January (in 3 days from today! :D). On that day my mother will bake something like homemade bread but in circular shape, i don't really know how to translate it, but we call it "Slavski Kolač". I will go to Church with Slavski kolač, some grain and red wine (And no, you are not allowed to drink that wine in the Church! :D). Our priest will bless it and wish me a good luck and "Happy Slava" or "Srećna slava"!

On that day I will invite all of my friends and family, and prepare a big feast for all of them! :)... Sometimes you need to be the host for 50-60 people for your "Slava day" :D... So some families have guests for 2 or 3 days in a row, because they can't serve 50-60 people all in one day! When my Slava day is over, everybody who were my guests will invite me to be the guest when their Slava day comes. As i guest, i will bring them some kind of present, and thats usually a bottle of wine, coffee, or something similar. I will greet the host with "Srećna Slava" and he will answer me with "Thank you!" or "Hvala". Then he will invite me to sit down with other guests, chat with all of them, eat, drink, and have a good time :)...

It's also very important to mention that when Serbian invite you to his Slava day, thats maybe the biggest sign of respect that you can get from a Serbian! That means he really respect you, and that he wants you to be in his close circle of friends. So if you do not have some really good reason not to come, it can be very rude to refuse his invitation!

Of course this is only the small part of our beautiful tradition, and there is a lot more to tell! :)... The Slava tradition, as i said, is pretty long and pretty difficult to describe in this short post, so I tried to minimized text as much as I could! Serbs don't get angry with me if i missed something! :D...



Excellent! I enjoyed reading this! You will receive the usual 5 lingots for "entering" this tradition. Tomorrow I will announce who won the 50 lingot prize!


I'm glad you liked it and i hope that other people will find it interesting too! :)



Excuse me for asking, but how is your saint determined? Is it determined by where you're from, or do you just choose, or something else? Thanks.


To be completely honest, I don't know for sure! Some people say that Serbs were pagan people at first, and when we accepted Christianity every family picked their own Saint. From that moment forward, every father in some moment "pass on Slava Saint" to his son, and then his son becomes the head of the family and the "carrier of household Saint". But thats just one of the theories :)... Only thing I know is that my grandfather passed "Slava Saint (Saint John in my case)" to my father, and that my grand grandfather passed "Slava Saint" to my grandfather and so on :)... Now, when I start my own family, i will pass Saint John protector to my son, and he will also pass it to his son, and so on :)...

Some people also claims that if we have the same "Saint Protector", that we also have the same ancestor as well! Or, in other words, that we have same greatgreatgreatgreat grandfather! :)...

Another interesting thing is that when a Serbian woman marries, she refuses her own Saint Protector, and accept her husbands Saint as her new one :)... Serbian people then say that "she becomes the member of another house (she leaves her parents and start to live with her husband) and that she accepts her new family (her husbands) and new Saint as her own" :)...

I hope that you are satisfied with my answer! Again, there are many theories how Slava started and why do we celebrate it at all. If you are curious about it you can always try to google it! :)... And I'm here to answer all your question from first hand, or "Serbian point of view"! :)...

Best of luck Multi0Lingual4! :)...


What a wonderful tradition to keep in contact with people you like. Much better than facebook!


Congratulations Vlajko8!!! You have won 50 lingots for sharing this tradition with us. Well done!

(I do know that it shows that you were given only "13" lingots. That is incorrect. I made sure I counted fifty. If you haven't seen an increase in your lingots, please get back to me!)


Everything is ok with lingots, I received 50! :)... Thank you for posting this Discussion! It was very interesting post, and I'm glad that I could share something that represent my country! :)... Good luck to all!


I'm not Japanese, but I have spent time in Japan and know the language well enough to read novels in it.

In Japan, there's a Summer celebration called Obon. Traditionally it is believed that the spirits of dead family members come back to visit their living relatives. To guide them on their journey Japanese people make a horse figure out of cucumber, and a cow out of eggplant, both with chopstick legs. The horse is for the spirits to come on because horses are fast, and the cow is for the return trip because cows are slow, so they'll take longer to leave. (AKA, more time to spend with their beloved, departed family members) A link I found with images of the "horse" & "cow" for those who are curious: http://gohansociety.org/cucumber-horses-eggplant-cows-summertime-in-japan-by-alexis-agliano-sanborn/

Also, an interesting Japanese superstition: Some Japanese people believe cutting your nails at night is very bad luck, and could lead to an early death.


Thank you for your entry! Well done!


in guernsey we have a day called liberation day to celebrate when we were liberated from the natzis in ww2 x it is a day the whole island come together in town to celebrate our freedom !


Arab originated Jews in Israel (today, 2nd or 3rd generation) have a superstition that when lenting someone a pair of scissors or a knife never give them hand-to-hand, but put them down so the other person pick it up.


That reminds me of something we do in France: if you are given a knife, scissors, or pins, needles, anything sharp or spiked as a gift, you're supposed to symboliquely pay for it (with the smallest currency available), so as not to harm your relation with the gift giver :)


In Philippines we have the tradition called "pagmamano" from the Spanish word "mano" meaning "hand". It is done by offering your hand to an elder (or someone who's older than you). When he/she have grabbed your hand, you'll pull it gently to your forehead.


5 lingots for you! Very interesting


I am not Mexican but I visited there, and this is a Mexican Tradition. Las Posadas (the inns) From mid to late December, neighborhoods gather for colorful block parties. These processionals are meant to re-enact the journey of Mary and Joseph as they searched for shelter in Bethlehem. Neighbors open their doors to each other and invite people to partake of food and drink. Children carry statues of Mary and Joseph, and one child in the lead is assigned the role of angel. The posada festivities reach a peak with the breaking of a pinata. Its star shape is meant to symbolize the north star that guided the three wise men to the newborn baby Jesus.


Awesome tradition! Thanks for sharing, and here's your lingots!


In Wales we have a (sort of) Christmas tradition called the Mari Lwyd. It involves people bringing a horse skull on a stick to different houses where they request entry by song.. If the house owners relent, they have to let the Mari Lwyd in and give them food and drink. It's kinda creepy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Lwyd All these traditions are super interesting :)


Well done! This is definitely a new one for me!


In Poland, there's this tradition called "making a wedding gate" - "robienie bramy weselnej".

When in town or a village the to-be-wed bride goes to the wedding ceremony, neighbours gather up and mock-block the road. Usually they wear costumes, act weird, the funnier and weirder the better :)

They pretend than they won't let the bride be given away and it's customary that the bride's family "pays them off" with sweets for the children and vodka or other high-percentage drinks for the adults. Then the group let's the bride's convoy through, sometimes they follow her to the ceremony while singing and cheering.

I participated in one "gate-making", we gathered up with friends and dressed up either in a completely redneck way or went overboard with the elegance. We borrowed horses from nearby riding school, and its owner, who is also our good friend, went with us. The we blocked the road and demanded payment ;P We got some cakes and (as you probably guessed) drinks. It was much fun, we were riding the horses bareback, dressed weirdly, singing and making fools of ourselves. The bride's family even took photos with us to commemorate this and their kids got to pet the horses.

Some people get even crazier ideas for gate-making ;)


That sounds like a fun tradition! Thank you for sharing it!


Cool discussion! hopefully we can chat freely here ;D

hows your day been? x


Hi! Sorry, I was gone yesterday. I've been doing fine. How about you? :D Btw, I am feel really bad about that last Discussion. I had no idea she would get so upset about it! :P


Awh, never mind! I'm sure she wasn't too upset and it was my fault as much as yours, really! My day's been going well, thanks!


Well, it's over and done with anyway. :) So is English your native language?


Hi Faith! How are you today?


Hi, so sorry I lost the link to this discussion and forgot the title! I'm great, thanks, you? And English isn't my native language though I moved to England a few years ago and now speak it :)

French is my native language, what's yours?


No worries! I'm glad you found this post again. Your English is awesome! But I wasn't sure if it was your native language or not. ;) Oooh! I love the French language! It is so soft and flowing! English is my native language.


Oh, cool! Well, I'm from Belgium, and their French is pretty messed up nowadays compared to a French person; our French has become very slang lol. So I think someone from France speaks better French than a Belgian person ;D. Which is also why I think knowing it as a second language is better if you're not French... Gosh, that is all so confusing!! Sorry I just talk on and on...;(


Oh, you're learning German too! We're at the same level as well!!! ;P


You don't sound confusing! I love when people talk a lot so no need to worry about that! :) That is very interesting. I never knew that there was "Belgium French"! xD As a side note, I like your new profile picture, but I am not sure what it says. Perhaps you can explain in your reply. ;D


Yeah, actually most Belgian speak French (it's one of the main languages there along with German & Dutch.) Also, my profile picture has a quote on it, in Spanish, which says: "El mundo necesita gente que ame lo que hace." Which (I believe) translates to: "The world needs people who love what they do.". It's one of my favourite quotes haha ;D.


Cool! I hope I am a person who does what I love! One thing is checked off my lists of things that I love...language learning! xD


Yass! My motto is literally "Don't let anything/anyone stop you from achieving your dreams."

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