Man is a social animal who has always lived gregariously with other humans. In fact, society is indispensable to man. He could not have developed without it—physically, culturally or intellectually. His social environment—right from traditions and customs passed on from his ancestors to the nuances of modern-day living—influences his way of life and relationships with other human beings. Certain customs even help to forge stronger bonds. As Robert A Heinlein wrote in his book Citizen of the Galaxy, “Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them.”
Interestingly, at a larger scale, customs and traditions make our world a diverse place. Customs, which might be the norm in one part of the world, might seem amusing and sometimes even downright bizarre to folks in another part of the world. In this article Soulveda lists five such lesser-known customs from around the world.