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Weird Traditions in Destinations Across the World

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Mexico

Things that appear normal and commonplace to some people may seem very strange to others. This is the beauty of cultural differences. Many of these unusual things have become the basis for tourist attractions. Here are some of the world’s most peculiar traditions. starting with Mexico.

Nothing to do with the film of the same name, the Day of the Dead takes place on November 2 in Mexico, where family members come together at cemeteries for grave site reunions. Though this sounds slightly bleak and sombre, it’s actually an occasion marked by high festivity. Celebrators bring food and bottles of alcohol to toast their dearly departed, and it’s not uncommon to hear mariachi bands play to larger gatherings.

At the end of the remembrance service, everybody sits down for a picnic, a feast, made up of the food that their loved ones enjoyed. Many stories and anecdotes are told-in Mexican culture during this period. People share genealogical information through poignant and amusing tales and very little emphasis is put on diagrammatic family trees.

Starting with ‘the breaking of the pomegranate’, a couple of unusual traditions happen in Greece. Many Greek people on islands such as Rhodes and Crete, hang pomegranates outside their front doors at the beginning of autumn, due to its symbolism of prosperity, fertility and wealth. Here it stays until midnight on New Year’s Eve, when they are removed and broken into pieces.

Taking place at Christmas in numerous regions of the country, the next Greek tradition is ‘the marrying of fire’. This is a ceremonious act where a branch is taken from a feminine tree like a cherry tree (kerasia is a feminine word in Greek) – and a branch from a masculine tree, such as a plane. These are lit before the head of the household proclaims “I marry thee fire for the sake of the housewife”.

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    The Economy of the Aztecs

    by on Sep.18, 2012, under Mexico

    The economy of the Aztecs started only as an extremely basic outline that ultimately became intricate as the population of the Aztecs increased. The Aztec folks knew how to proficiently control all of their resources, therefore they had been able to thrive and develop regardless of the quite a few drawbacks that were given to them.

    Agriculture: The Pillar Of Aztec Economy

    Aztec were quite fantastic farmers and agriculture was the foundation of their economy. The Aztecs utilised the Chinampa way of farming which enabled the men and women to produce extremely flourishing gardens that not only let them farm the land but additionally let them reclaim the water.

    They had been able to plant and harvest plenty of crops like sweet potatoes, maize, tomatoes, avocados, beans, squashes as well as other kinds of plants. While in the lowlands, tropical crops like papaya, cotton and cacao were planted and harvested. Chocolate, that is used both in liquid and solid form, made the Aztecs popular globally. When the Spanish conquered the Aztecs, they found out about chocolate and therefore chocolate was discovered and pass on across Europe. The crops that they planted and harvested had been their key supply of food considering that they hardly ever hunted animals as food, only consuming turkey as some sort of special occasion food.

    Use Of Money In Aztec Economy

    The Aztecs were unquestionably an advanced people considering the fact that they knew about the worth of money. Various sorts of money had been utilized by the Aztecs and the cacao bean was one of several regular money utilized by the Aztecs. For example, a small bunny would cost a person about thirty cacao beans, but if a person were to sell his own child (specifically a daughter), that man would gain about 600 cacao beans. Remember that selling one’s own kid was common for them and they even regarded self sacrificing one’s self as the greatest honor a warrior can get.

    Apart from the cacao beans, the Aztecs made use of quachtli; a sort of cloth that the Aztecs actually treasured. It’s mentioned that this kind of cotton cloth was more valued than the cacao beans and if a popular man were given ten quachtli, than man can live for half a year in Tenochtitlan.

    The writer is enthusiastic about Aztec history and has a complete internet site featuring the Aztecs. There you’ll be able to find facts about Aztecs including aztec economy. For more of Aztec history, see religion of the aztecs.

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      The Best Family Vacations on the Riviera Maya

      by on Jul.03, 2012, under Mexico

      Renowned almost without compare among Caribbean tourist destinations is Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya. Lying on the eastern seaboard of the lush Yucatn peninsula, the Riviera Maya is almost an oxymoron, being a cluster of huge resorts and eco-parks nestled within the arms of the wild, untouched rainforest that surrounds it. This makes the Riviera Maya an unprecedented opportunity to experience both the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel, and to explore some of the last truly untouched refuges of nature on the planet in an environmentally conscious way. The area also contains amazing beaches, awe-inspiring Mayan ruins, and a variety of eco-lodges and parks that supply ecologically themed activities and adventure treks. In short, no matter what your family’s preferences, interests, and tastes may be, the Riviera Maya is sure to satisfy them all with room to spare.

      Take an Eco-Tour for the Adventure of a Lifetime

      Because of its proximity to such unspoiled natural beauty, the Riviera Maya is one of the best places in the world to take an adventure trek into the wilderness. If you were born to love volcanoes, lowland jungles, thick rainforest, towering mountains, or sapphire seas, it’s no matter, because virtually every landscape one could desire to visit is available in the Yucatn region. Diving enthusiasts will be thrilled at the underwater vistas provided by the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef which lies just off shore, and history buffs will gawk in amazement at the towering pyramids of Chichn Itz or Xel Ha, as most jungle tours make a visit to one or several of the many amazing Mayan sites in the Yucatn part of the experience. If your adventuresome spirit gets the better of you, you can set out alone or on horseback and carve your own path (with a trusted and experienced multilingual guide as company, of course) through the steamy jungle, cresting the mountaintops that guard the coast and making your way down the white sandy beaches to the ancient port city of Tulum, one of the last Mayan strongholds on the peninsula. At night, the smoldering sunset bathes the lapping ocean in brilliant pastel colors, and the absence of city lights and the clean, clear air make available a dazzling panorama of glittering stars, putting a perfect cap on your long day of adventure.

      Feathered Friends

      Anyone with a predilection for flora and fauna (which would include almost all small children) will be delighted at the bountiful and diverse population of animals and plants that one can view on a nature tour through the jungle. Birds especially are found in abundance; the varieties of brightly colored plumage, strange beaks and crests, and melodic calls echoing through the trees will bring a smile to the face of any bird-watcher, be they amateur, expert, or simply enthusiastic. To make the most of your walking tour, consider hiring an experienced jungle guide who can point out the myriad examples of avian and other jungle life. Many forest denizens have by necessity become quite adept at concealing themselves from all manner of hungry and prying eyes, and so having an extra and knowledgeable pair at your disposal could mean the difference between catching a glimpse of a particularly elusive species, like the majestic Guatemalan quetzal, and missing a rare opportunity.

      Fabulous Ocean Fishing

      The seas around the Riviera Maya are equally rich in natural beauty and untold numbers of amazing sea creatures. The warm waters are so clear and pure that it’s difficult to imagine a better spot for observing ocean wildlife, either from the comfort of your boat on the surface or from their midst as you splash and dive in the sea’s gentle embrace. Anglers will be more than satisfied with the size and abundance of game species, so if you came to fish, get ready to put your game face on, and bring a healthy appetite, because the only thing better than the catch is the meal that comes after. However, if you prefer to let the ocean creatures remain in their natural habitat, why no go to them by taking a short scuba diving course? Qualification is quick, safe, and will enable you to spend hours swimming alongside all manner of fascinating animals, from dolphins to sea turtles, even including sharks!

      All this and more is waiting just a short flight away at the exotic and unforgettable Riviera Maya. The next time you have a family vacation to plan, the choice of destination should be an easy one to make tearing yourself away from the fun will be the only difficult part!

      Read more about the ancient Mayan civilization here: Mayan 2012. Those who enjoy getting to know a specific Mayan site, can try Chichen Itza.

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