3 - 'Rituals'

A ritual is the scripted performance of ceremonial action, deeply rooted in cultural heritage and religious aspects.
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This is an Easter tradition in which Romanians ornate the eggs in the most special way posible.

These are examples of Romanian Easter eggs. Both linear batik (similar to Ukrainian pysanky) and encaustic (colored wax left on an egg) techniques are used.

This is an extremely old ritual practiced now only in a few villages in which they used special masks and dances to assure fertility and good will.

This is an extremely old ritual practiced now only in a few villages in which they used special masks and dances to assure fertility and good will.

Traditionally, raw herring is eaten with cubes of onion, and the fish is lowered into the mouth as demonstrated in the picture.

Raw herring served with raw onion is extremely popular in the Netherlands. Herring and onion are sold everywhere by street vendors. This dish gets often related to the Dutch food traditions.

People wearing bear furs perform during a festival of New Year ritual dances attended by hundreds  northern Romania

People wearing bear furs perform during a festival of New Year ritual dances attended by hundreds in Comanesti, northern Romania, Wednesday, December 30 (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)

During celebrations for the birth of a child, the Dutch eat toast with colored aniseed, known as 'mice'. In the case of a boy, the mice are colored blue, in case the mice are pink, a girl has been born.

When a new baby is born, "beschuit met muisjes", is prepared for the baby shower, and visitors. This biscuit with anise topping will be prepared with either pink or blue muisjes, according to the gender of the newborn.

This is a special cake made only when someone beloved dies.

This is a special cake made only when someone beloved dies.

Going Dutch, a phrase that arguably owes its origin to a door, a traditional Dutch farmhouses door consisted of two equal parts - is common practice today.

The rules of going dutch while splitting the bill

Going Dutch, a phrase that arguably owes its origin to a door, a traditional Dutch farmhouses door consisted of two equal parts - is common practice today.

Every year, thousands of red 'Unox' hats are given away along with hot dogs and pea soup when the Dutch celebrate the new year by diving into the ice-cold North Sea waters en masse.

Every year, thousands of red 'Unox' hats are given away along with hot dogs and pea soup when the Dutch celebrate the new year by diving into the ice-cold North Sea waters en masse.

Eating 'out of the wall' is a common Dutch phrase involving grabbing a quick bite from an automated snack bar. A coin is inserted, the lock on the window is released and customers enjoy their favorite snacks on-the-go.

Eating 'out of the wall' is a common Dutch phrase involving grabbing a quick bite from an automated snack bar. A coin is inserted, the lock on the window is released and customers enjoy their favorite snacks on-the-go.


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