National Traditions

The variety of national traditions across the planet is mind-boggling. Read about the unique traditions from around the world -- and in your own country.


The nation's most prominent military burial ground is projected to run out of space as soon as the early 2040s. That may lead to a tightening of restrictions on who is eligible to be interred there.

Times Square may be iconic for ringing in the new year by dropping its ball, but plenty of other locales drop stuff, too, like, say, a giant bologna. Or an opossum.

Hazing is traditionally associated with college pranks, but it's gotten deadlier over the past two decades. It's also spread to high schools and other institutions. What accounts for this increase and why do people allow themselves to be hazed?

The tradition dates back centuries, but an aging population of workers and dwindling profits endanger the free-diving culture.

There's more to the samurai blade than its cinematic drama, and the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast digs into the history and science behind the sword.

Parisians love bread so much that the city used to legally prevent too many bakers from going on vacation at the same time.

The United States flag fetish can seem surprising, confusing or even just quaint to outsiders. Where does it come from?

Known as a peruke, the formal wig has been a tradition for centuries. But why did barristers start wearing wigs? And why does it persist into modernity?

Turning 20 means Japanese youth gain the responsibilities and rights of adulthood, including voting and drinking alcohol. How do they mark the occasion?

Vikings, Norse gods, monarchs, Christian saints and even the land itself: Norwegian traditions have many sources. So do you know riskrem from russ?

The idea of Morocco may invoke images from "Casablanca," but the 1942 movie isn't necessarily reflective of the area's history or traditions. What don't you know about this compact country in northwestern Africa?

Mexico has a long and storied history that spans nearly six centuries and combines many European and indigenous influences. We'll discuss many of this colorful country's most beloved and unique traditions.

Italy is famous for many things: its food and wine, its art and architecture, its music and dance. However, most people don't know about the regional diversity that defines Italian tradition. Find out more here.

Beside brats, beer and Oktoberfest, how much do you know about German culture and traditions? Learn more about this fascinating culture in this article.

China is both the largest country and arguably the oldest continuous civilization in the world. As such, it has rich and diverse traditions.

OK, so you've heard of their sushi, samurai and social etiquette, but how much do you really know about Japanese culture? Find out what makes Japanese traditions so, well, Japanese, in this article.

There are plenty of stereotypes floating around out there about French culture, from baguettes to bad attitudes, but what's the real scoop? Find out in How French Traditions Work.

Russian culture might conjure up stereotypical images of vodka and political strife, but of course, Russian traditions are much more rich and complex than that. Find out what makes Russian culture tick in this article.

India's culture has stood the test of time by remaining diverse, colorful and spiritual. And it's the combination of rich traditions, family unity and faith that makes India, well, India.

Many of Spain's culinary, musical and artistic customs took root centuries ago, and still thrive today. So what makes the country so distinct and full of flavor?

Greece has influenced civilization for thousands of years, helping to shape fields such as philosophy, mathematics, astronomy and architecture. Which Greek cultural traditions have stood the test of time?

Brazil is one of the largest nations on earth, and its numerous traditions are a composite of its diverse population.

Australian traditions are a quirky mix, from aboriginal cave paintings and atypical heroes to camel racing and Vegemite. What makes Australian culture tick? Find out in this article, mate.

It's not all leprechauns, St. Patrick's Day and Guinness, but that's what might come to mind when you first think of Irish culture. What's the real story? Find out what makes Irish culture, well, so Irish in this article.

Because of its picturesque beaches and temperate tropical climate, the Dominican Republic is a well-known tourist destination. What do you know about its culture?