Written by Peet Banks
Did you know that men in the Czech Republic move from house to house on Easter Monday, and whip women with braided willow branches called ‘pomlázka’ to ensure they are fertile??? This is just one of the strange customs that people observe from around the globe.
A custom, by definition, is a practice so long established it has the force of law. People don’t necessarily believe in what they are doing – but as they have been doing the same thing for so long, and normally, so have their ancestors before them, they just continue to do so. Like us celebrating Christmas. We don’t actually believe that Santa Clause leaves presents under the tree (well, most of us don’t – if you did believe, sorry to burst your bubble), but it doesn’t stop the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing those presents!
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