Cultural traditions include events, rituals and customs that a society shares. Read about the wide variety of cultural traditions in these articles.
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The hamsa, a depiction of a human hand, often with a central eye motif, is a protective symbol meant to ward off evil.
By Robert Lamb
Seemingly everywhere in the barrage of photos out of Ukraine is the letter 'Z' – on tanks, T-shirts, signs and buildings. But how did it become a political symbol?
The pink and white blooms of the cherry blossom tree often herald the arrival of spring. But in Japan, the cherry blossom is also a well-loved symbol of fleeting beauty, nostalgia and loss.
By Dave Roos
Ancient Greeks and Romans used thin strips of lead to vent their frustrations or write messages to the gods.
There are some 50 Chinatowns in America and hundreds more in other countries. What led to their creation and will they survive into the next century?
Asian Americans continue to challenge injustice and a rising tide of hate crimes directed at them, while mainstream narratives fail to address their bravery, history and struggles.
Recognized by its bright colors and rows of bold, woven patterns, kente cloth is more than a piece of fabric. Each kente cloth has meaning, which is conveyed through its colors, patterns and symbols.
Floriography — the association of flowers with special virtues and sentiments — has been a practice from antiquity to the present day.
By Carrie Tatro
Today's gospel and blues music and the freedom songs of the civil rights movement all have historical roots in traditional slave spirituals, which were songs of sorrow, but also jubilation at the promise of freedom.
Every year, the city of Santa Fe collectively shouts "Burn him!" and sets fire to Zozobra, the enemy of all that is good.
June is Pride Month, when the LGBTQ community comes together to celebrate their struggles and to raise awareness of issues they still face.
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery or just another way of causing offense.
March 8, International Women's Day, has been celebrated around the world for more than a century. This year's theme is "Break the Bias."
In the Netherlands, children get gifts from St. Nicholas, who's accompanied by his servant Zwarte Pieten (Black Pete), always wearing blackface. Many Dutch denounce him as racist while others claim it's just part of the culture.
By Dave Roos