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Exploring Different Family Traditions Around The World

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There are many different cultures, faiths and traditions across the world. Our world is a vibrant, diverse one, filled with many varying people with unique sets of beliefs and values. One value that is treated with admiration and respect the world over is family.

Our families are the people we grow up with. And they continue to impact our lives as we grow older. For many, the family provides an endless source of love, care and appreciation. Whether they are our birth families or the family we create for ourselves, our families are a truly special part of life.

People in different countries and cultures across the world celebrate their families in a wide range of ways. The beauty of these different cultures is the sheer variety of unique traditions they uphold. These traditions are often vastly different to our own, yet still just as wonderful.

Of course, there are many different cultural traditions surviving to this day. And there are also the bespoke traditions created and continued by individual families. Whether they are holiday traditions, ones linked to special occasions or simply creative traditions shared by families, here are just a few of the myriad of cultural family traditions around the world.

Exploring Different Family Traditions Around The World

Baby’s 100 Day Celebration

In China, it’s traditional to hold a celebration 100 days after the birth of a new baby. It’s a lovely way to give thanks and celebrate a new baby coming into the family. It’s also an opportunity to share good wishes and hopes for the child’s future. Friends and family members give gifts such as clothes, jewellery and toys to the child. And everyone celebrates the first days of the little one’s life.

Schultüte

This is a charming tradition commonly favoured by families in European countries including Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech-Republic. In order to make the first day of school an extra special occasion, family members will create a Schultüte for the child. This is a decorative cone-shaped container holding sweet treats, toys, stationery and school supplies.

Danish Pacifier Tree

As any parent knows, the struggle of helping your child give up their dummy or pacifier is often not an easy one. However, in Denmark, innovative parents have come up with a unique way of encouraging their toddlers to leave their dummies behind. As Pacifier Trees are dotted around Copenhagen. The idea is that youngsters are introduced to the Pacifier Tree and encouraged to give up their dummy by hanging it on the tree. It’s a symbolic way of leaving this element of babyhood behind while also helping parents turn it into an exciting thing rather than one to be dreaded.

Muslim Traditions

Of course, it isn’t just fun family traditions that many people uphold. Faith and religion are big parts of the lives of many families around the world, and as such, it’s vital to recognise their importance. The holy month of Ramadan is a key part of the Islamic faith – a month-long occasion where those who are able must fast during daylight hours. At the end of Ramadan comes Eid-ul-Fitr, a celebration marking the end of the fast and the conclusion of Ramadan. During this time, Muslims will visit their families and give gifts to the younger members of their families – the perfect cultural family tradition!

Are you feeling inspired yet? By making you more aware and helping you to open your eyes to the variety of different cultural traditions around the world, hopefully, you will soon see your own unique family traditions in a whole new light.

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Lucy

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    Kim - The Blog Genie
    March 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    This was a lovely post to read on a Saturday afternoon. These days it seems that more and more people are disrespectful towards the beliefs and traditions of other cultures, and it was nice to read such a positive post.

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