3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!

2014 isn’t just a number, for the Chinese calendar, 2014 is also the year of the horse. The Chinese New Year besides being a very important holiday for the people of China, is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. This simply means rather than having a leap year with an extra day, they have an extra month. An extra month causes the Chinese New Year to fall on a different date each year. Below is a slide show of the animals used in a single 12 year cycle.

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Images from BlazeTBW

I’d like two husbands please

If you thought dealing with one husband tough, how would it be with two or even three. When a woman takes multiple husbands it is known as polyandry. Though not as common as a man having multiple wives it is not as rare as I once thought. In the United States, Jaiya Ma is in a poly-amorous relationship. She lives as a family with two men and a child they had together.

Below is a National Geographic video on Cinidas life in the Himalayas with 3 husbands.

You can’t drink it yet

Making a coffee addict wait for their first cup of morning coffee is rarely a good idea. Well, luckily this isn’t about waiting for coffee. You will be waiting for tea. Japan is a country rich in traditions. The more i learn about these proud people the more i want to immerse myself in their culture. The Japanese tea ceremony, also called Chanoyu is more than sipping tea. It is a precise rendition of a ritual centuries old. With simplicity and elegance, serving and drinking tea becomes an affair of peace and calm lasting hours. An alien idea in this hasty era we live in. An idea i think would do us some good.  This ceremony is not unique to Japan. It is practiced in some form in other Asian countries. But,you might not be able to leave for Asia. Don’t fret, there might be a tea shop near you. In Vancouver Canada, the 05 tea bar offer the tea ceremony experience as can be seen in the video below.

Adopted Traditions

Its a beautiful thing when one culture adopts another’s tradition. Holi, originally known as Holika, is an Indian festival which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated by throwing brightly colored powder. In Utah, thousands of miles from India Holi is celebrated. It’s estimated over 40,000 people join in. Though i’d happily throw powder at people for fun, its nice to have a tradition backing me up.

Size ‘0’ is a NO NO

Though some societies attribute skinny with beauty, there are those cultures which find the opposite to their liking. In the country Nigeria, the Efiki people have what they term the Fattening Room. Here a woman, as the name suggest, is assisted in gaining weight before marriage.

On the other end of the spectrum is Japan who issue fines if your waist line exceeds a certain amount of inches as can be seen in this New York Times article.