Iraqi Kurds decorate apples with cloves to offer to their partners on Valentine's Day at a restaurant in the Kurdish city of Arbil in northern Iraq on Valentines Day. The preservation of a red apple with cloves is a Kurdish tradition symbolizing Adam & Eve's relation with the apple, representing love & prosperity. (Safin Hamed - AFP/Getty Images)
Did you know? On Christmas Eve, unmarried Czech women practice a traditional fortune telling method to predict their relationship status for the upcoming year. If you’d like to give this a try, here’s how to do it: Stand with your back to your door and toss one of your shoes over your shoulder. If it lands with the toe facing the door it means that you will get married within the year. If it lands with the heel facing the door, you’re in for another year of unmarried status.
The Chin ethnic minority group in Myanmar would give their daughters elaborate facial tattoos to ward off attacks from neighboring princes who would often try to kidnap girls to be concubines. The women in picture was one of the last to receive the groups markings
Rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. In the southeastern cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, huge organized parades are led by samba schools. Those official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades ("blocos") allowing public participation can be found in other cities.This carnival is also influenced by African-Brazilian culture
La Tomatina – Tomato Fight (Bunol, Valencia, Spain) If you're Bunol, Spain in the Last week of August don’t forget to wear a rain coat & goggles because it’s La Tomatina time in Bunol. You might have witnessed or experienced water gun fighting/snowball fighting since your childhood but this festival you will witness the town be all red & slippery with pulpy tomatoes. Some may enjoy the festival & some might find it to be weird but the festival is held every year on the last Weds of August.