There are over 190 countries spread across the globe, and each of them has its own unique cultural code. Although stereotypes may familiarize us with certain cultural aspects, there are many facts that can only be truly grasped through firsthand experience in a new country. We prepared a compilation of intriguing facts from various countries around the world, bringing the knowledge to your fingertips.
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg’s friendship is a remarkable and unexpected bond that has captured the hearts of many. Despite coming from vastly different backgrounds, the 2 have formed a deep and lasting connection that has transcended their differences. Martha, the renowned lifestyle guru, and Snoop Dogg, the legendary rapper, have shown that true friendship knows no bounds. Their unique bond has become an inspiration to many, showcasing the power of diversity and the magic that can happen when 2 seemingly different people come together in friendship.
The woman in question had been dating her boyfriend for 3 years, and they’d finally decided to get married. At a family dinner, they mentioned this to his family, as it was a big step in their relationship. His parents and brothers expressed their happiness for the couple. And then, out of nowhere, her boyfriend’s youngest sister-in-law asked, “So is she going to take the test?” It turned out that the family of her husband-to-be had a peculiar family tradition, which came as a big and unpleasant surprise to the woman.
Jennifer Lopez recently dropped a bombshell when she revealed that her official name had become Jennifer Affleck after marrying her equally famous sweetheart. However, for people who see her as the epitome of an empowered and independent woman, her choice to follow traditional gender roles might seem a bit off. So she decided to clear things up once and for all.
One of the things that the Kardashian family does best is keep us on our toes before announcing the names of their offspring. Khloé didn’t stray from her sisters’ traditions and took 9 months before letting the public know her second child’s special name. But it was worth the wait as Khloé’s choice turned out to be incredibly personal, so let’s learn more about it.
Ships have been around for at least 6,000 years, dating back to Ancient Egypt. In the beginning, they were used for trading and exploring. Ships as an attraction became a thing only a bit over a hundred years ago. But the first cruise ship wasn’t the infamous Titanic as you might think. The first cruise ship that took passengers on a voyage was a German ship called “Prinzessin Victoria Luise” back in 1900, and it served for 6 years. Modern ships are of course more advanced, but they still have a limited lifespan — they usually serve for about 30 years. A ship much older than that isn’t considered safe and stable anymore due to the metal fatigue, most often of the ship’s hull.
Like the annual “Person of the Year” title, every year, a male celebrity gets crowned as the “Sexiest Man Alive.” This year’s winner is none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans. Since this tradition always sparks fun discussions, let’s look back at the previous winners and check out Evans’ interview where he mentioned his biggest fan from day 1, his mother.
One of the reasons pumpkins are used for Halloween is that they’re easy to mold faces and drawings out of this vegetable. But where exactly did this strange tradition come from? In Ireland, people used vegetables to ward off evil spirits. And in the 19th century, the Irish brought the Halloween tradition to the world.
There are people who are always on the search for acquiring new information and looking for answers to things our society never really questioned. For example, it seems that we have accepted the fact that oranges are sold in red mesh bags without ever asking why. Inquisitive people would want to know the real reason behind this choice. And we believe that we are that type of people, and hopefully, we will open up a whole new world for you.
Becoming a father not only requires a lot of responsibility but also means building a bond with children based on love, respect, and, why not, a lot of fun. This is why some men become “children” when they lie down on the floor to play with their little ones. Others, on the other hand, feel how their hearts radiate love and melt with their day-to-day activities. Raising a child is not easy, but many fathers would say it’s the best job in the world.
Teaching children life skills at a young age is a difficult task, but the earlier you begin, the better. It is recommended that kids learn to clean at 9 or 10 months. Giving your little pumpkin tasks that are appropriate for their age will help them develop positive habits and prepare them for adulthood.At Bright Side, we have summarized the most useful tips to get your child used to cleaning and helping around the house in a stress-free and enjoyable atmosphere.
Wet nursing was a common practice before the invention of infant formula and feeding bottles. Moreover, a woman, whose body is producing something naturally, does have the choice to use it in a powerful and positive way. And this is just like what the Frida star and long-time champion for women’s welfare, Salma Hayek, has done by offering her milk to a total stranger’s malnourished and hungry baby.
Sometimes people don’t realize how big and diverse our world is, which means that we can’t know everything. For example, in Greece, the tradition calls for decorating a boat on Christmas instead of a tree. Now, not all people follow that tradition, but it’s something unusual that very few other countries know about. So no matter how well-educated someone is, they can’t know every little thing and detail about this planet.
Royal families are mostly dedicated to preserving tradition and celebrating the old ways of life. However, there are some changes in society that even the royals are not resistant to. The same goes for childbirth and motherhood.
Throughout history, royal women wouldn’t be caught without a hat, as it’s considered improper to show their hair in public. But in the 1950s, this tradition changed, and hats are now reserved for more formal events. Today, these royal headpieces have been stealing the spotlight from their blue-blooded owners. Bright Side curated some of the most memorable royal headwear in recent years. Read till the end because our bonus pick may not be from a royal family, but she’s a true queen in our book.
Tradition is everything when it comes to celebrating Christmas in the royal family. They usually have a very strict schedule that they follow every single year without fail. They attend church services together and they visit the Queen for all the festivities, but not all together. The younger members usually arrive first and the senior members later. This is something that reflects their status.
Wedding dresses are special by definition because we wear them on a very special day. Some bridal gowns, however, have an even deeper meaning for the ladies wearing them. Many brides, including celebrities, want their dresses to bring them good luck and happiness, and they try to include some little sentimental details in their wedding outfits, or just make them differ from other gowns in a special way.
In many countries, modernism has taken over in big cities, but this is not the case with Japan where tradition is still highly respected. And that’s because not everyone is willing to sell their property so it can be rebuilt. No matter the amount of money, some landowners stay true to their roots and say that their land is not for sale. And Japan Property Central shows how the old and the new can live peacefully without one overcoming the other.
People are directly influenced by the way they decide to dress. Based on fashion trends, people will make judgments about someone who is wearing a particular item of clothing or style, whether it is a simple T-shirt or one with a big logo. What few of us know is that the ones who wear big logos are interested in much more than just fashion.
Royal weddings are usually loaded with crowns, diamonds, dreamy dresses, and lots of opulence. Those are the things that are most admired and highlighted in magazines and documentaries, as you have probably noticed. However, the truth is that behind those perfect ceremonies, there are an overwhelming amount of secrets that very few people know about or notice. For example, the earrings Kate Middleton wore that day were a gift from her parents and symbolize her family crest.
Sometimes it seems to us that the differences between countries have become almost invisible due to globalization. We buy the same gadgets, use the same brands, buy products in the same-chain supermarkets, etc. Nevertheless, if we dive into the details, we will find out that the residents of each country have customs and traditions that only they can understand.
One of the traditions that has been spread worldwide is the birthday cake with lit candles. This once in a year event has an unknown origin, but there are some theories that may explain why we place candles on a cake and what the meaning of blowing them out is.
A wedding day is usually one of the most special days for a couple. That’s why brides spend weeks or even months to find the perfect dress to dazzle everyone. This tradition was also important in ancient times, and photos (shared by people from all over the world) show that these dresses have nothing to envy in even the most modern designs.
“Speak now or forever hold your peace” is a phrase that many soap operas have manipulated from time immemorial. After hearing it, we subconsciously expect some dramatic turn at the wedding ceremony. But even though nowadays we imagine a furious ex speaking up in response to it, it used to have quite a practical meaning in the past.
Psychologists believe the drive to celebrate the New Year goes back to our survival instinct. This holiday, like a birthday, reminds us that we have lived another year, and it means that we did a good job. All these resolutions to change our lifestyle are nothing more than bringing our desire to take control of the situation to life. It doesn’t really matter whether we’ll really start running in the morning, saving money, or losing weight in the coming year because even the short moment we believe in these promises gives us a reason for joy and happiness.
It is said that Germany started the tradition of celebrating Christmas with a tree. The most popular foods were vegetable stews and fish or meat delicacies. While some countries still follow similar traditions, others created their own special ways to celebrate this holiday. For example, some countries associate Christmas with purple rice cakes and others can’t have it without Brussels sprouts.
Sima Lipovetsky, a photographer from Israel, captures the ultimate innocence of a newborn sleeping peacefully. Using costumes and appropriate props, she takes photos of babies in settings that seem so delicate and wonderful, they feel like rose petals against your eyes.
A catchy and unique stage name is one of the most important parts when celebrities want to advertise themselves and make the public remember them. Some of the stars take inspiration from their friends and family, simply choosing the nicknames that got stuck with them from their childhood. Others choose words they personally like or use online name generators to come up with something fun.
The days of the traditional long white dress are numbered. After all, there’s no reason why we should limit our options to just white when getting married. Especially nowadays when the fashion industry has come up with so many cool and edgy options to shake things up a bit on that special day. Clearly, this is what some of the most famous celebrities of our time (along with many other brides) decided to go for. And it’s no wonder — celebrities are always the avant-garde when it comes to creating amazing new styles and events.
In Ancient Egypt, the wooden spoon wasn’t used for food exclusively, but also for applying cosmetics and even rituals. And they came in the most bizarre forms, like as a dog chasing a fish or a squatting cat-god. Unfortunately, nowadays, wooden spoons are often neglected in favor of metal, plastic, or silicone ones, despite the many benefits they provide.
Brides put in a lot of effort to look stunning on this important day: trying on a bunch of dresses, doing test hairstyles and makeup, and getting up as early as possible on their wedding day. And all of these worries about their look don’t just concern modern girls. Our grannies also did their best to knock everyone’s socks off with their beauty. Fortunately, they had a tradition of wedding photo shoots as well, thanks to which we can see at their looks today.
It seems that an increase in the human population always harms the environment. But this village found a way to celebrate newborn girls by supporting their people’s ecological and economical future. Additionally, the villagers managed to use this tradition to fight historical prejudice against young women.
Princess Diana always knew how to make a statement with her look and was known for her kind-heartedness. For example, the Queen of Hearts refused to wear gloves while she was out on official duty, to be closer to people and show them affection. Once, she was caught on camera wearing 2 watches on her wrist and this wasn’t a coincidence. Diana loved to express her feelings toward the people she loved and this gesture was also meant for someone special.
In 2017, Pixar released Coco, an intelligent and sophisticated tribute to Mexican culture. Not only does this film tell a very moving story, but it makes many people rethink their relationship with their family, so you might want to be wary of anyone who hasn’t shed at least one tear while watching this film!
Dogs are truly special animals, and to show them how much they mean to us, the people in Nepal have an annual festival dedicated solely to express gratitude to our furry friends for all the goodness they bring in this world.