People are different. Especially when we think of folks from other countries and their specific customs. Here you can read about some of the weirdest traditions across Europe.
Each nation has its own background and celebrates some special events. We chose the weirdest and most unknown customs which are celebrated across Europe. Did you know that you can throw tomatoes at people in Spain? Or have you ever heard about whipping women in the Czech Republic during Easter? Keep reading and you will get to know even stranger things which are happening in some European countries.
1. The Tomatina Festival: Spain
Do you like eating? How about vegetables? Or do you prefer throwing food at other people? If that is the case, you should go to Buñol, Spain and enjoy the biggest tomato fight in the world. The event is held on the last Wednesday of August so it can be the final stop of your summer trip.
Nowadays no one can be entirely sure how this tradition started, and participants do it just for the reason of pure fun.
2. The Danube Cross Swimming: Romania
Time to think about what you actually know about Romania? Not much maybe? People in Romania swim in winter to celebrate the Danube Race for the Cross. The event is supported by the Orthodox Church. When a priest throws a cross into the river, thousands of men have to swim to find it in the freezing water. It is believed to be a celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river. Drinking vodka is also included, being the most probable reason why people can stand the freezing water of Danube. The person who finds the cross first is believed to have a life full of luck for the entire year ahead.
3. Whipping Monday: Czech Republic
Poor women of the Czech Republic. There is a custom celebrated during Easter which may seem weird or even cruel. It is whipping women with willow branches on Easter Monday. And the best thing? Women have to reward men for whipping them and they usually give boys coloured eggs or for older men, shots of traditional alcohol. Pretty cruel, right? However, it is said that the whipping should ensure fertility and vitality.