Top 10: Unusual Traditions Around the World

What makes the world interesting is the differences in cultures, to some it is beautiful and normal,  for others it seems strange and different. Here are ten customs and traditions from around the world that may appear especially bizarre to outsiders.

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This is a German pre-wedding tradition where friends and family come together for an informal party. They  break dishes, flowerpots, tiles, toilets, pretty much anything except glasses or mirrors. To symbolize working together through future difficulties, the bride and groom must clean everything up. Due to the need to replace all the broken goods, 

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Monkey Buffet Festival

The monkeys are the ones doing the feasting at this annual event in Thailand. Over 3,000 kilograms of fruit and vegetables are offered to the monkey population of the Lopburi province in Bangkok.

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Gurning

A “gurn” is a distorted facial expression, and English rural tradition has celebrated making these humorous grimaces since 1267. At the World Gurning Championship in Egremont, England, competitors don a horse collar and attempt to make the most grotesque face possible. While this tradition sounds silly, some, like four-time world champion Peter Jackman, take it very seriously. He had his teeth removed in 2000 to make his facial maneuvers easier.Hmm very serious indeed.

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Camel Wrestling

In Turkey, camel wrestling is a popular event where spectators watch in glee as two specially bred male camels wrestle each other. Serious injuries are rare, but spectators should be wary of being sprayed by the milky saliva of the agitated camel

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Blackening the Bride

Scottish brides-to-be must go through a very foul pre-wedding ritual. Friends of the bride take her by surprise and cover her with eggs, spoiled milk, feathers, pretty much anything disgusting. The blackened bride is then paraded around town. The purpose of this custom is to prepare the bride for marriage because after going through that, any marital problems will seem like nothing.

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Day of the Geese

A Spanish tradition in which a greased goose is suspended over water and young men jump from boats and attempt to rip off the head of the goose. This competition serves as a way for young men to prove their strength and eligibility to females. In addition to winning the adoration of young women, the winners also gets to keep the goose.

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Caganers

The people of Catalonia, Spain have quite the amusing Christmas tradition. They hide small statuettes of people defecating in their nativity scenes for friends and family to try to find.  This tradition has existed since the 17th century, and nowadays it is common for famous people to be immortalized in the form of a caganer figurine.

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Foot Binding

For about a thousand years, young Chinese girls had to undergo the painful and debilitating process of foot binding. To ensure small, desirable feet, girls between the ages of three and fourteen had their feet broken and bound with bandages, in order to prevent their feet from growing “too big”. Despite many attempts to ban this ritual, an effective prohibition of foot binding was not was not enacted until 1949, when the Communists took power of China.

Finger Cutting

While most cultures mourn the loss of family members, women of the Dani tribe in Indonesia must suffer great physical pain in addition to emotional pain. When a family member dies, female relatives must cut off a segment of one of their fingers. This practice is performed to satisfy ancestral ghosts.

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Bathroom Ban

The Tidong are a group of people from northern Borneo with a particularly uncomfortable wedding custom. For the 3 days and 3 nights following the wedding, both the bride and groom are prohibited from using the bathroom. That means no urinating, no defecating, and no bathing. They believe that custom will lead to a long, happy, and fertile marriage. In order to achieve this, the newlyweds are allowed to eat and drink only very small amounts and are watched very closely by family members.Now thats down right cruel!

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Happiness Habit #4

Happiness Habit #4

I know, I know, you’ve heard this before – the past does not equal the future, and you know what? It’s so true.happy-girls
And, thank goodness it IS true.
Every day, you have the opportunity to make the changes in your life and in your business that will create the type of income, lifestyle and success you are seeking.
Any time you find yourself thinking that you’ll never get ahead because of something from your past, think of inspiring stories of people like Colonel Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken; Thomas Edison, inventor of MANY things, including the lightbulb; and J. K. Rowling, welfare mom turned billionaire thanks to authoring the Harry Potter series.
Take today, and change your past into the future you desire!

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Happiness Habit #3

One of the most dangerous and damaging things you can do to yourself and your business is to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others.
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In every case, it is apples to oranges. We all have unique gifts and talents; and we all have weaknesses and struggles to overcome.
Develop the habit of competing only with yourself and what you did “yesterday”, and comparing yourself only to those actions.
Each day, strive to do your very best and measure yourself based on your goals and intentions, and the action steps you take.
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Happiness Habit #2

 

Do you often find yourself falling into the habit of complaining about what is wrong, or missing from your life, or business? Do you find it easy to look at others and think it must be easier for them?happy-older
Here is a habit to replace that with – Focus on what you are doing that is right; on all of the great things in your life and business.
Embrace and enjoy the journey, and as you do this, begin to ask yourself questions that can move you forward.
Instead of saying – “why is this not happening for me”; replace that with – how can I make this work great for me, too?
Do this for the next 21 days, which is how long it takes to make a new habit, and see what happens!

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Happiness Habit #1

 

What is great about what is going on right now with this situation?
It is easy to get caught up in all of the things around us that seem to be “going wrong” in our lives and it our businesses. And, so often, this just perpetuates more of the same.
However, when we can shift our thinking and learn to find the silver lining in every cloud, we soon find that we begin to see a shift in things; that suddenly, things seem brighter.
Try journaling each day about the positives that are going on in your business, and life, and what you can find to appreciate, and learn, even from those times that seem challenging.

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Careful What You Say After The word “I”

Have you ever said any of the following:

I am not good at this

I am overwhelmed.

I don’t have any money.

I am confused.

I am losing more money than making money.

I feel I am a failure.brain

Most of us have said or thought something similar to this at one time or another. Perhaps you you say these things on a regular basis.

Many times we say thing kind of sentences in a halfhearted, joking kind of way but please BE CAREFUL!

The mind is a powerful thing and it is a proven fact that what you say…what you feed your mind will actually happen to you over time. Many times they are called “I Am” statements and it works both ways.

Tell your mind that you are no good, broke, and a failure and you start to believe it. Not only do you believe it but you manifest it in your life.

Tell your mind that you are successful, a kind person, wealthy and smart and guess what…

You CAN become any of these things because your mind will believe it and you will start manifesting the positive in your life.

Here is the problem though…

It’s easier to focus on the negative than the positive. So you have to work harder to make the positive happen.

Part of working harder is writing our “I Am” statements down and reviewing them on a daily basis. Post them on the mirror in your bathroom so you see them every morning. Post them next to your computer so you see them constantly and actually verbally recite them.

Make sure you write your “I Am” statements in present tense….

For example don’t say…

“I am going to be wealthy”

This tells your mind that you are NOT wealthy yet.

Instead say…

“I am wealthy and never have to worry about money and bills”

So take a few moments and write your “I Am” statements right now.

Here are a few of mine I’d like to share…

“I am a happy and loving person.”

“I am a good role model to family and friends.”

“I am wealthy and use the wealth to serve others.”

“I am helping others to achieve what I have by starting a home business and helping them break out of the Rat Race”

…those are just a few of mine

So again be very CAREFUL what you say after the word “I”…most likely it will come true… both good or bad.

I’d love to hear some of your “I Am” Statements in the comments below on my blog.

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People Are Good At Heart

 

People Are Good At Heart

Today I thought I was just share this inspiring video with you.

You know sometimes we fill out minds with negative news. I mean we can’t help it right? Go take a look at CNN or any news channel and 98% of the news is negative. Negativity fills the worlds mind these days.boyfootball

But every once in a while you see a story like this that uplifts and inspires you to do better. If you are feeling down, stories like these help you realize that maybe your life isn’t as bad as you think.

My question for you today is… “What are you doing to inspire others?” Are you focused only on you or are you looking for opportunities to help others.

Here is an interesting thing I’ve learned about success in life…

Most of the people who I know that are successful in life…the ones that have money, friends and are happy…usually get there because they helped others to be successful. I’m talking about the ones who are TRULY happy.

Think about it.

Help others to be successful and a by-product is you become successful. It’s the opposite of how most people think it works.

So today I challenge you to help somebody. Pick one or two people and help them become better. Maybe it’s an act of physical service, a kind gesture of love like a card or flowers. Perhaps it’s helping someone on your team with their home business become financially free? There are many things we can do to help others.

People ARE good at heart. Yes you may have to work at it and put away the things YOU want all the time. But in the end you will be a more happy person for it.

Wishing you an AWESOME DAY!

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FOCUS Leads To Success

Imagine that you get into your car to drive to the store. You get in, make sure you have enough gas and that the tires are all good. You cautiously back out of your driveway and start driving.

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While you are driving you turn on the radio and hear your favorite song and start jamming out. Then you get a text message and of course you know it’s not safe to check it but you do it anyway. Then your brother calls you wanting to talk about the plans for next Saturday. You don’t have a headset on so you are driving one handed right now.

Then someone cuts you off and you have to swerve around them to avoid an accident. JERK! You feel like yelling at them but you hold your temper….but you continue with your phone call…then you get another call and you tell him to hold on…this time it’s your friend giving you the latest gossip on what is happening at her work!

The song changes and you hate it….so you start fumbling for the controls to switch the station…then you remember your brother was on the other line.

As you do all of this…you didn’t even notice that you missed your exit for the store about 2 miles back! You get ready to turn around and realize that you have a flat tire and you are stuck out in the middle of nowhere!

Has that ever happened to you? You had every intention to get to your destination but ended up missing it and ended up someplace else?

In almost all cases you lacked FOCUS.

Let’s take the example and look at your home business.

Are you where you want to be? Have you reached all your goals or do you feel like you are spinning your wheels?

Perhaps you lack FOCUS! Don’t worry this happens to all of us.

Here are 5 things you can do to make sure you FOCUS on your home business:

1. Schedule 1 to 2 hours every day to work on your business. If you don’t schedule it…most likely it won’t happen. You may have to sacrifice things like TV time and other time wasters to make it happen.

2. Work on your business the same time every day. This way you get into a habit and it will become easier for you to make it happen.

3. Have a daily “Method Of Operation” so you know exactly what you are supposed to be working on. For example, Writing a blog post, submitting it to social media sites, Inviting people to check out your opportunity, Following-up with prospects. Get very specific on what you will be doing. Create a checklist so you can track your progress.

4. Close out the distractions! If you use Facebook as part of your marketing…do your tasks and then CLOSE it. Same with your email. Focus on the one task and then close it down so you are not tempted to get into time-wasting activities. Instant messaging with your friends, watching cat videos on Youtube and just general web surfing doesn’t do anything for your business.

5. Focus on the RIGHT activities that will bring you sales! If it’s not something that will eventually bring you or your team new customers, recruits and sales it’s not worth doing. Organizing your desk, Trying to create your own training or system (if you already have one) is not a productive activity. If you have a marketing system to follow you should be introducing people to it and teaching others to do the same. Focus on the income producing activities.

Lack of focus is one of the top reasons people fail at their home business.

Take action and FOCUS and you WILL have SUCCESS!

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Start NOW In Your Business

There is a tendency among many who are first starting their online business to think you must know everything before you begin taking action.
Maybe you buy a marketing course, or get started in a new program, and instead of taking advantage of your excitement and enthusiasm, you watch every video, read every manual, and basically get yourself into overwhelm before you ever really get started.take-action
Instead, try this simple, yet highly effective approach.
Learn one thing – take action on it. Keep taking action on it, tweaking and testing it to see what works.
Learn one more thing – take action on that NEW thing as well as what you have already learned.
And, keep doing this until you have mastered the basics, and then mastered more, and more.
Your income, your business, your confidence AND your knowledge will grow!
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How To Get People To NOT QUIT Their Business

How To Get People To NOT QUIT Their Business

Have you ever wondered why some people quit their home-based business?

Watch today’s video and learn the one secret that will keep people in their business for a long long time.don't quit

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