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"Turning Off All Streetlamps For Meteor Showers"—And Other Strange Traditions From People's Hometowns

Turn your lights down low....

Every town has a history, a legacy and legend to tell. Long time members of communities all share and take part in traditions and festivities that predate many of the community members. Certain actions that have either cryptic or specific meaning, it's sort of like leaving a ghost light on in a darkened theater so that the spirits can find their way. You take part in tradition that celebrate the birth and life of a place to commemorate it's story and the people before.

Redditor u/Wh33ze wanted to hear some truths about everyone's origins by asking.... What strange traditions does your hometown have?


So close to Midnight....

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"First-footing" on the new year: first person to enter your house in the new year should be tall, dark haired and be carrying a coin, piece of bread and a piece of coal. (Since I'm the tallest dark haired person in my family this usually involves me being kicked out of the house at 11:55 and standing outside waiting for the countdown to finish so my family can let me in)

Also we choose a new middle name for ourselves when we reach 16. Alexander422

Good Ole Buffalo! 

We hold a celebration each year for an albino buffalo. Parades and all. The buffalo died a few years ago so they had it taxidermied and put in the local museum. I feel like our White Cloud is similar to Pawnee's Lil Sebastian. Tanaisy

Follow the Stars.....

My town is tiny (~100 people) and secluded and we have a great view of the stars. Whenever there's a meteor shower, all the street lights get shut off and everyone goes to the lake and watches it. The Geminid meteor shower just passed, and despite the foot of snow on the ground, everyone was still watching the skies all bundled up and drinking hot chocolate. Ariesminer

Good Ole Fridays....

On the immediate Friday before Christmas Day, lots of people go out drinking and get stupid drunk, and often fight. That's why it's called Black-Eye Friday... because you'll have a black eye over Christmas. tricks_23

In Scotland this happens on the immediate Friday before Saturday... Approximately 52 times a year. Jamborenners

Hear Comes the Rain Again....

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Just prior to the rainy season, our Thai village shoots a homemade rocket a few thousand feet into the air to implore the Gods to send rain. We jokingly call it Thailand's NASA program. Tawptuan

I've seen video of these, absolutely amazing . You folks are brilliant. Mandolph_Rantooth

Bless the Goat...

Town near me has a festival where they put a goat in a tower, crown it as a king, and then conclude the whole festival (which lasts a few days), by "marrying" it to a local primary school child (this just involves giving the goat a kiss). Any excuse for a piss up, I guess. PM_me_do_ciche

Irish Days....

In my old hometown (Iceland) the belief is that the first settlers were Irish, so every summer there are 'Irish Days' (a weekend) which is kind of a festival/carnival. Eating haggis, drinking a lot, group BBQ-ing, and the most distinctive event is a competition where the most red haired person is chosen from a group of contestants, and receives an award of some sort. Ethanolchallanged

Santa Down under..

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Santa rides around town on a vintage fire engine. Children and families line the streets to be sprayed down with the hose. Often they'll have water balloons or a hose of their own ready to spray him back. He will also throw out little bags of lollies. I should mention that this happens in the north of Western Australia, where the December temperatures are usually 45C degrees. Motherdarling

Build the Fire...

Not my hometown but I visited some friends who live in Gävle, Sweden. Every year around Christmas they make a giant goat out of straw in the city centre, and every year the lovely people of Gävle take it upon themselves to try and destroy it as quickly as possible (sometimes within hours of it being built), and usually by fire. More info here Russell_Coight

Buffalo Booms! 

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Buffalo holds the largest Dyngus Day Festival in the world which is essentially Polish Mardi Gras.

As traditional goes, boys squirt girls they like with water guns and girls chase boys around and hit them with pussy willows. There's also a ton of Polka music, Polish food and dancing. Definitely worth a trip to Buffalo to experience once.

Runner up has to be the Boom Days Festival, which celebrates the removal of the ice boom from the source of the Niagara River. This boom protects downstream structures by being damaged by ice flows, but the removal is seen as a sign of spring. /r/Buffalo Eudaimonics

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