From fascinating to the downright freaky and bizarre, there are many rituals and traditions unique to India. With the curiosity about this beautiful nation also comes confusion. Hugo Chetcuti’s team has compiled a list of some Indian customs the rest of the world may find unusual.
1. Baby Tossing
If you were shocked by what Michael Jackson did when he shook a baby outside a window, skip this one. Annually, in Solapur, Muslim and some Hindu parents get together to throw their babies off the top of a 50-foot tower. The babies are caught in a sheet held by other villages on the ground. This practice is believed to give their children long and healthy lives. The national government is opposed to it.
2. Worshipping the Hindu God of Rain
Most of India is majorly dependent on monsoon rains for irrigation. If monsoon fails, their economy suffers a huge setback. Which is why Hindu priests sit inside barrels containing water as they perform special prayers in order to appease Varun, the God of rain.
While Holi is a celebration of colour and happiness, India has a myriad of traditional festivals that baffle most westerners. The Puli Kali celebration, for instance, is characterised by dancers painted to resemble tigers performing in the street. However, things get really weird during the bloody Bani Festival, where people of a certain district gather at the Devaragattu Temple to hit each other on the heads at midnight. Frenzied, much?
4. Wedding Traditions
Before approaching the altar, the groom is required to remove his shoes. As soon as he does this, chaos ensues, with the bride’s family trying to steal them while the groom’s family tries to protect them. If the bride’s side of the family succeeds, they are allowed to hold the shoes hostage until they are paid a ransom!
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