Cultures & traditions

Wacky festivals, bizarre traditions and other interesting cultural curiosities

The history of wind in Japan

From wind chimes to Samurai fart battles, the history of wind in Japan engages all the senses (except taste).

The love market of Vietnam

What is Vietnam’s love market? Does it sell romantic gifts, or aphrodisiacs maybe? Nope, this love market is different…

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Water puppetry is a Vietnamese tradition that dates back almost a thousand years. Think of it as a more refined Punch & Judy show with less shouting and a lot more water!

Wintery myths and legends

We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the world think caused the cold conditions and long nights?

Unusual races from around the world

Running on a treadmill, or pounding the same old streets, can be a bit repetitive. So why not enter one of these unusual races instead?

Legends and folklore from around Poland

Legends and folklore from around Poland

Poland is a country with beautiful cities, mountains and forests. But, beneath the beauty, it has a strange history of kings being eaten by mice, musicians being hit by arrows and dragons drinking so much that they pop.

Autumn traditions from around the world

Autumn traditions from around the world

Autumn is here (apparently) and we all have our own traditions, be it the first pumpkin spice latte of the season, or the ceremonial Changing of the Coats. But what about the rest of the world? What do they do when the leaves start to fall from the tree and the nights get darker?