Cultural Traditions

Cultural traditions include events, rituals and customs that a society shares. Read about the wide variety of cultural traditions in these articles.


More people are opting for cremation over traditional burials and in some states they can choose a water cremation.

Cornelia Bailey was the unofficial historian of Sapelo Island, Georgia, who helped spread the word about its unique Geechee culture. But after recent death, will residents be able to hold on to their heritage?

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They're been living in Myanmar (formerly Burma) since the 12th century, yet they've been persecuted by the Buddhist majority for decades. Here's why.

The Danish people are among the happiest on the planet. Here are 5 reasons why.

Women in the late Stone and early Bronze Ages in Europe probably traveled long distances and spread new ideas and objects, more so than their male counterparts.

The annual World Gravy Wrestling Championship sees grapplers go head to head in a savory meat sauce on the last Monday each August.

For more than two decades, the town of Malmedy has created a huge omelet, and this year they didn't let an egg scare stop them.

Motivational speakers like Tony Robbins charge exorbitant sums for fans to hear them speak. What draws people to them and how do they keep the attention of thousands?

While anti-miscegenation laws weren't unique to the United States, they also weren't common.

A disappearing sport survives in a handful of mud-caked South Asian gyms specializing in a unique style of wrestling.

Forget worms and chum. The next time you go fishing, go fly a kite.

Don't ever assume something will last forever. A lot of folks once thought these 10 things would never become obsolete.

Silent meditation retreats abound. What’s it really like to keep quiet for so long?

For centuries, ghosts have wed in China. Why did the practice start, and how is it possible that it's still around today?

The diamond industry wants to convince millennials that diamonds are a marker of every 'real' relationship. And they have a new ad campaign to go along with it.

Some companies go all out for their millionth customer. Others think a plaque will do.

Forgot your pants? Not a problem this past Sunday for the thousands of people who participated in the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride.

As Powerball fever sets in, ticket sales increase dramatically. Here's the breakdown of sales versus winnings.

Just who is this devilish holiday beast, and where does he come from? Explore the origins and ascent of Krampus the Christmas demon.

Open-mouth kissing appears in the Kama Sutra circa the third century, so it's certainly nothing new. But who was the first to suggest touching tongues to express amour?

Reading facial expressions can be tough enough, but what happens when you throw cultural differences and traditions into the mix?

For 1,000 years, Chinese women would break and bind the bones in their daughters' feet to ensure they achieved the coveted 3-inch foot. How did this painful procedure change Chinese culture – and why was this disfigured foot considered so erotic?

Klezmer music -- the traditional music of Ashkenazi Jews -- has experienced a revival in recent decades. But what exactly is this centuries-old music and who's behind the resurgence?

Some of our wedding traditions help bond us to our families and to our culture. But be honest: Some of those traditions are straight-up strange, don't you think? Dressing several adult women in the same dress on purpose?