To You It May Seem Normal...
While traveling to foreign countries you often notice many cultural differences that probably wouldn’t fly back home. Considering the fact that seven and a half billion people occupy 196 different countries in the world today, it’s a safe bet that even the most well-travelled jet setter hasn’t seen them all.
Would you expect/trust a stranger to hold your things on a crowded bus? How about taking pictures of the deceased at funerals and sharing them with friends? Unless you live in certain parts of the world, these things are not normal…
We’ve put together the following gallery of customs and traditions from people all over the world that would probably would be odd to see in your own country. Read on, some of these will shock you!
Hold this, please!
In Brazil it is normal for strangers to hold your belongings while riding public transport. Particularly when the bus or train is crowded, people sitting down are accustomed to hold your bags in their lap… that is, if it’s not already full of someone else’s stuff…
You might think that taking a photograph with your phone at a funeral, especially of the deceased, would be highly inappropriate – but in the Philippines it’s completely normal. Often the images are uploaded to social media where other people can share as well.
Some higher end funeral homes even offer professional photography packages to get better quality pictures of the dead.
Glamor shots of your dead grandma? No thanks!
Chocolate Sprinkles… for Breakfast?
A quick and not-so-nutritious breakfast in the Netherlands consists of a piece of bread covered in chocolate sprinkles.
This is also a thing in Australia, but they prefer rainbow sprinkles and call it ‘fairy bread’.