We’ve all experienced culture shock once in our lives. When traveling to Egypt for example, we might be confused to find that a bride gets pinched by her friends before a wedding to bring good luck. Despite this, every tradition can teach us something valuable about the country and its culture.
We will introduce you to 15 surprising traditions that still exist today and continue to puzzle us.
1. No toilet paper, India
Many travelers will be surprised to find that in India toilet paper is not commonly found in bathrooms. In fact, water from a small bucket found next to the toilet is used instead to wash up afterward. Using toilet paper is generally a bad idea, as it might clog the pipes and creates extra waste.
2. No using the bathroom after marriage, Indonesia
In the community of Tidong in Indonesia, a married couple is not allowed to go to the bathroom for 3 days after being wed. If they do, it’s considered bad luck for their marriage. The newlyweds are watched over by their family members who ensure they don’t break this tradition, while given small amounts of food and water.