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Arts

10 Eye-Opening Traditional Arts that Change Your Perspective

All around the world, people long to express themselves through artistic works. Painters such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh are rightly regarded as some of history’s most talented artists. However, there are dozens of traditional arts from all over the globe that deserve greater recognition. They can offer a unique insight into the beliefs and daily lives of cultures very different from our own.

Here are 10 eye-opening traditional arts that change your perspective.

Cave Painting

Visitors who venture into Cantabria’s El Castillo Cave are greeted with an 18 metre wall painted with a series of red disks. While faded and simplistic, they are nonetheless an important milestone in human history. Dating from over 40,000 years ago, they are the oldest works of art known to mankind. Later drawings depict different types of animals, such as goats, deer, bison and, unusually for the region, dogs. Strangely, figures of people are largely absent, with the exception of nearly 50 stencils of human hands.

Ukiyo-e

Meaning ‘pictures of the floating world’, ukiyo-e or woodblock prints depict Japanese life between the 17th and 19th Centuries. When the seat of power moved to Edo (modern-day Tokyo) in 1603, the city’s economic boom gave the merchant class great wealth to spend on art and entertainment. Early prints tended to focus on beautiful women and urban scenes, but by the 1800’s, masters such as Hokusai (1760-1849) were painting the exotic landscapes for which the style would be best known. Sadly, the art form died off during the Westernisation of Japan in the late 19th Century. More recently, contemporary artists have begun to return to the styles of their ancestors using new techniques such as screen printing and mezzotint.

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Dances

Most Exotic Traditional Dances that Entrance Your Mind

In almost every society in the world, people have expressed themselves through the power of dance. From samba to flamenco, dance performances have stood centre stage in many of humanity’s greatest rituals and celebrations.

Let’s take a look at 5 exotic dances from around the world:

Georgian Dance

Nestled in the Caucasian Mountains, the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia is often overlooked by tourists. But those on the search for real adventure will be captivated by the power and energy of its traditional dances. Georgian war dances are characterised by their wild leaps, mid air twists and energetic knee slides. Romantic dances tend to be less frenetic, but often feature quick, precise footwork and exotic spins.

The Georgians are known for their friendliness and hospitality, so after the routine, try complimenting the performers on their talent and skill. You may get an invitation to a Georgian feast!

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Architecture

5 Magical Architecture Styles around the Globe

Cities all around the world are famous for their iconic buildings. From Tokyo Tower to the Taj Mahal, the world’s great edifices are a powerful reminder of humanity’s ingenuity. And while architectural movements come and go, many great buildings bear witness to the spirit of the times.

Let’s find out about some of the most important architectural styles from around the world.  

Gothic Architecture

One only has to look out over the vistas of Europe to see continuing influence of Gothic Architecture. Every year, millions of tourists flock to Gothic cathedrals like Paris’ famed Notre Dame. With their intricate brickwork and grotesque gargoyles, Gothic buildings can often seem daunting. But their imposing exteriors stand in stark contrast to their bright and airy interiors. Even today, 500 years after its peak, government buildings and churches continue to be influenced by this groundbreaking movement.

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Fitness, Tradition

Traditional Fitness Techniques and Regimens You May Want to Try

Many won’t realize it but fitness is a human tradition with a long history that traces back to our planet’s pre-history. Man has been working out since time immemorial. What we see now are just evolutions of the traditional fitness routines that kept our ancestors fit and healthy.

The world of fitness has been through a lot of evolutionary changes through the years. And it continues to grow quickly at a fast paced rate even today. Every year, we hear of new fitness trends and fads. Just a couple of years ago, trampoline fitness routines have become the latest trending regimen sought by fitness enthusiasts. What used to be a kids’ entertainment has been re-introduced as a fitness device. Fitness buffs have sought different models and brands of adult trampolines such as those at Trampolinify.

But while we’re always seeking the most up-to-date, most recent, and brightest programs and techniques, it’s great to look back into the rich history of this tradition and find inspiration. Here let’s take a look at some of the fantastic (maybe ridiculous) fitness traditions just waiting to be rediscovered and revived.

  1. Jogging by the beach for added stamina.

Around 6th century BC, sprinters of ancient Athens were trained in the most unfriendly terrains. They were made to run not on regular, resistant ground but in deep sand where it was difficult to find balance and plant a foot firmly. Still not enough, the young men were made to jump over a ditch while carrying heavy loads. These hardcore training regimens made sure that Athenian sprinters are fit to run.

  1. yoga-241609_640Flexibility through yoga.

Yoga has been around since early Egyptian civilization. Limber citizens took yoga classes to make them more flexible – ready to carry weights.

  1. Drunk training.

Who said drunk man can’t train? Philostratus, an ancient Greco-Roman gymnastic guru, actually wanted his pupils drunk. This fitness guru believed that trainers needed to be little tipsy to complete all their routines – with added vigor and intensity. Just don’t indulge too much on alcohol if you plan to use the best trampolines for adults: that’s a perfect formula for injury.

  1. Never over-train.

This one you can hear from every fitness trainer out there. And it doesn’t need any science to prove it. Old medical texts, the Indian Caraka Samhita, call for moderation in physical activity. Excessive physical exercise can lead to exhaustion, exertion, shortness of breath, bleeding from different body parts and many other symptoms.

  1. Boiling hot cauldrons: best alternative to dumbbells.

Looking for a fitness regimen that will test human willpower? Try the Chinese sport called cauldron-lifting. As the name suggests, participants carry metal pots but a little more intense since it’s filled with burning coal. The Chinese people definitely love this spectacle and even the royalties tried their luck in this event. King Wu of the Qin Dynasty accidentally broke his kneecap during one such contest – it eventually led to his death.

There you have it! Five of the most daring fitness regimens and most effective tricks that you might want to try, which one would you dare to try first?

Architecture

Why You Should Study Architecture

One of the most telling things about any civilization is the type of architecture they build. You can see what they value, what they fear, and what they worship. Art is the most important factor in most cases for determining civilization, and architecture is just one facet of many that can explain what people believe in as a broader culture. You don’t need a PHD or anything like that to make understand and appreciate architecture; no matter what country you live in you can usually find something to study. I’ll give you some examples to help you along!

Government Buildings

Government buildings are one of the most common places to find cultural values expressed in art. In places with a very strong influence of Western Civilization you will find a lot of architecture that reflects the Roman Empire. Many governments value the strength and power represented by the Roman Empire; strict authoritarian rule and a new “Pax Romana” are sadly the dream of all too many governments.

Be that as it may, government is one instance of the values of a civilization or group showing its goals and values through the architecture that it creates. Next time you see a government building, look for symbols like eagles, falcons, and fasces on the columns.

Embedded Art

Architecture rarely has just stones and columns as the artistic focus; usually there are frescos, paintings, murals, or sculptures of some kind to add extra interest and detail to the structure. In Nashville, TN in the US there is a perfect replica of the Parthenon of Athens, perfect for anyone to study who is interested in Western Art. It is situated in a park, where all kinds of people walk their dogs and play with them with toys from dogsrant.com, and appreciate the amazing art represented there.

On the Parthenon walls, as high up as you can see, there are massive sets of sculptures of the great deeds of the gods of old. These are hard to see from the ground, but with replicas inside the building you can look at the detail involved.

You can learn a lot about perfectionism and doing great work from old architecture; these people’s art was not likely to have ever been seen by the lay people, but they made it anyway. And it looks amazing. Take notes!

Thinking Long-Term

Lastly, you will learn a lot about thinking long-term. When it comes to structures like cathedrals, they took over 600 years to build and the original creators knew they would die long before it was even 10% done. That is long-term commitment. We can take notes and know that we should strive to create things that will last long past our lifetimes, far into the future.

Architecture is valuable! We need it today, to express how we feel about life and art through the medium of steel, concrete, and stone. So today, get in your car, buckle up, and look at some beautiful buildings! If you’re bringing your beloved dog as well, be sure to strap them in with a dog seatbelt from Dogs Rant! Take time to learn about buildings that were built by people who lived long ago, and listen to their story.

Art, Poetry

Poetry as a Modern Form of Art

If there is one thing that most kids graduating from school agree on, it is that poetry is one of the most boring parts of learning literature and English. And I fully agree with them! Being MADE to learn poetry is one of the least enjoyable things I can think of. However, if you develop a love for poetry on your own, there are few things that can be more satisfying than reading and understanding both short and long poetry.

One of the main reasons that people don’t like to read poetry is because at least in American schools, all the poetry that we learn is the same. We learn a little bit of William Blake, some Robert Frost, and some other random poetry. There are so many better poems to learn! Romantic-era British and American poetry is pretty much all the same; once you’re read one, you’ve read them all.

One epic poem that is very interesting but is not taught very well is Homer’s Odyssey. Many people learn the story, but don’t have to read very much of the poem. If you can find a good translation (which can be hard to do) it is so much fun to read! It’s well-worth your time to read it. Dante’s Inferno is the same way; a good translation with notes is a very rewarding (and surprisingly easy!) read.

poetryBut old poetry isn’t the only good poetry. If you are in a city with a coffee shop, check and see if they have poetry readings! This can be a really great way to meet new poets, and hear poetry that no one has ever heard before. If you’ve never been to a poetry reading, you might just see it as a low-quality amateur hour, where bad poets come together to read bad poetry. But you’d be amazed how good some people are! There ARE bad poets, to be sure, but they are not the majority.

I went to a poetry reading last week. The poet (and I can’t remember his name!) was just a college student that wrote poetry in his spare time. He doesn’t have a book or a website; he just writes poetry down for fun! He wrote poetry about his time in Canada, and about how beautiful the mountains were. His imagery was so strong that it made me want to strap on my ski gear from  http://winterbadass.com/ and go skiing in the mountains. There are so many talented people in the world… Don’t discount amateur poetry readings!

The world of poetry is huge, but the number of readers is sadly very small. I wish more people did it… But hopefully, I’ve convinced you! It’s easy to get into poetry, all you have to do is see someone with real passion read it. It’s like the difference between reading Shakespeare and seeing a live play; you’ve had to see it to believe it!

Excuse me now… Remembering that college student’s poetry has made me want to go ski, so I’m getting my best all-mountain skis now! Maybe I’ll wrap up the day with a cup of tea and a book of poems…

Instruments, Music

Why I Can’t Resist Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish music is among the well-loved folk music in the world. The upbeat tempo and fast rhythm compel you to clap your hands, dance your booty and just immerse into their happy culture. And that’s what folk music is really all about, immersing into the culture and having fun!

Just last night, I was listening to a collection of my favorite Irish music and I was really impressed at how the Irish trad music has evolved through the years. From being an oral tradition accompanied by percussion and wind instruments, Irish music is now played in full ensemble. I could hear how modern musical instruments, like those digital pianos at DigitalPianoJudge, blend splendidly with traditional musical instruments to create some great Irish folk music.

The prolific nature of Irish folk music can be attributed to its traditional musical instruments. Here we take a look at the five traditional musical instruments that characterize Irish music.

The Harp

Long held as a symbol of this European country, the harp is gaining much popularity lately thanks to the revival of Celtic music. Compared to concert harp, the traditional harp of Irish folk music is much smaller. It only has one set of strings unlike the Welsh harp which has three.

The Bodhran

This traditional drum is made of shallow circular frame topped with goatskin that it tightly taut and tacked around the frame. To cure the goatskin for this purpose, it is buried in cow manure. The Bodhran is played upright using a stick – which makes it different from other traditional drums.

The Irish Uillean Pipe

Developed around the 1700’s, the Irish Uillean Pipe is among the most elaborate bagpipe in the music world. It has derivations coming from the European and U.S. countries. This bagpipe is not like many types because it is inflated using bellows instead of being blown by mouth. The most unique feature of this wind instrument is its chanter or melody-pipe, which allows it to play more than 2 complete chromatic octaves.

The Button Accordion

At first glance, one might think that this musical instrument is a precursor of the modern piano brands reviewed on this link, but it’s actually totally different. As a matter of fact, the button accordion has slowed the acceptance of piano type accordion in Europe. Derived from the Chinese Cheng which was introduced to the Western music in 1777, the Button Accordion has undergone lots of modifications and redevelopments. This musical instrument has a lot of influence and in Irish trad music.

The Banjo

Last, but certainly not the least, the banjo was originally part of the African traditional music ensemble. It came to America during the slave trade, as it was brought by the slaves. It found a way to the European continents and has since been part of many ethnic music. The banjo in Irish folk music is the four-string variety and plays the keys of G, D, A, and E like the fiddle, but has a slightly lower octave. For quite some time, the Banjo was a controversial instrument as it was not considered a native of the land.

Irish folk music is known across the world today. Of recent decade, we’ve seen how Irish music has gained international following. Thanks to these five musical instruments, the world of music has never been this rich!

Instruments, Music, Tips & Tricks

Ultimate Tips For Proper Storage of Antique Folk Musical Instruments

I know a lot of folk and ethnic music lovers who are also into collecting antique folk musical instruments. If you are a fan of antique folk musical instruments, there are several ways to preserve and store them safely.

Instead of wrapping these valuable musical instruments with paper and placing them in a regular box, they should be kept in a safe, waterproof storage to avoid deterioration, mutilation, water damage and other unwanted mishaps.

These pricey pieces of musical history should not just be placed in a regular box as it can still be subject to water damage. A better alternative would be storing them in pallet collars. For this, you better check out and look at suitable pallet collars at http://kronuscollars.com/. Many of these traditional musical instruments are made of indigenous materials and can deteriorate when exposed to the elements.

Listed below are some great tips for storing your collection of antique folk musical instruments.

  1. Clean and prep the instrument.

Before storing the item, carefully clean it. Use a dry clean cloth and wipe down the pieces. Remove dust or dirt before packing these pieces. Allow the piece to breathe in a well-ventilated area to ensure that there are no trapped moisture packets on it.

  1. Encapsulating small, delicate musical instruments.

Perfect for thin or small folk musical instruments, encapsulation is the process wherein the piece is encased in polyester film which is properly sealed. It provides a permanent microclimate preventing any potential damage to the item. What’s great about this technique is that it allows you to still view both sides of the piece.

  1. Mount the piece on its storage.

Make sure that the musical instrument is mounted properly into its storage container to avoid it from damages during transfers. Make sure that the storage is not crowded to minimize the chances of parts hitting against each other.

  1. Label the storage.

Not only does labeling make things easier later, it would also avoid unnecessary unwrapping or opening of the storage. For delicate musical instruments, the goal is to minimize their exposure to the elements. This would hopefully prolong its life and ensure it well-maintained.

  1. Use water-proof storage containers.

There are many different storage options for antique pieces. Plastic, sealable containers offer the best protection against the elements. You can use these containers for storing your antique musical pieces.

  1. Minimize handling.

This is particularly true with delicate antique musical instruments. Minimizing any contact with the piece can help avoid introducing unnecessary substances that could hasten its deterioration.

Lastly, store your priced antique pieces in a safe, climate-controlled environment, away from mildew and mold, insects, humid air, dusts, air pollutants, and hot temperatures. It would also be great if you regularly examine musical instruments that are in storage to ensure that there are no damages.

Safekeeping and storage of antique musical instruments may require some investment. But by ensuring that these rare pieces are carefully stored, you can guarantee that the legacy of traditional, folk music will live on.

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Ninja Myths You Always Thought Were True Finally Debunked Here!

Japan’s ninjas are among the favorite topics in traditional and cultural studies. This is due to their infamous status and the numerous myths people have regarding these fabled Japanese warriors.

When you talk about ninjas, many things come to mind – those weapons, superior strength, black suits, covert operations, and blood thirsty assassins. The ninjas are a legendary league of assassins that feudal Japan has given the world. A lot of renowned stories, movies (animated and real life), games, and even musicals have been made about these assassins.

But what many of us were made to believe about ninjas are actually myths instead of facts. Here we’ll debunk some of the stupefying myths about ninjas that we always thought were true!

  1. Ninjas are still alive.

Technically, you can simply wear a ninja robe like those reviewed here at http://goodbye.ninja/ and claim to be a ninja. But being a ninja is more than just wearing their fancy clothes. It took special training and acquired skills to be one. According to reputable historians, the Ninjas or Shinobis have practically vanished around the 15th to 17th century after the unification of the Warring States.

  1. Ninjas donned black clothes and masks.

You’ve probably seen ninjas in Japanese anime series depicted as assassins wearing special robes and masks. They may seem very truthful but actually they never wore mask or any special robes. Just like the modern-day bodyguards or assassins, ninjas didn’t have the need to conceal their faces. While they may have worn black clothing, they didn’t really have a certain dress code or uniform.

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  1. Ninjas have invisibility power.

One of the silliest myths about ninjas is that they are capable of vanishing. No human has been able to this feat – even the best magician couldn’t. This notion may have derived from the first ninja rule which is to get away. Ninjas are trained to fight smart. If there is a way to avoid fight, they’d take that route. And ninjas have several tricks up on their sleeves; they set off a smoke bomb, throw a shuriken, or blind the opponent to distract them. These distractions are surely effective that by the time the opponents have recuperated, they have already escaped.

  1. Ninjas were village heroes against the Empire.

On the contrary, ninjas were assassins for hire; usually the Shogun. In one of the most notable historical accounts, the ninjas were hired by the Japanese leader and the Shogun to fend off the Christian Rebellion. Alongside the empire’s Samurai, the ninjas scaled the Hara Castle were the rebels were making their last stand. They effortlessly sabotaged the castle’s defenses that eventually led to the successful containment of the rebellion.

  1. Ninjas have superior strength.

While needed to be agile and strong, these were not really a requirement for the ninjas. The essence of ninjutsu is to use their body effectively – regardless of your physique. Some ninjas were not that quick either. What they needed was a sharp mind and be able to predict their opponents move and outthink them. The ninjas are known for their well calculated and calm movements.

There you have it! Five of the most stupefying Ninja myths ever! Do you know any other ninja myths we have missed out?

China, Instruments, Music

10 Fascinating Traditional Musical Instruments of China

Being the earliest civilizations in the world, Chinese traditional music is among the most antiquated folk music. For people who are a fan of folk music, the Chinese music is definitely a must.

For this post let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used traditional musical instruments of China. Many of these fascinating instruments trace back to several thousand years ago. Each of these musical instruments produces a distinct and unique sound giving Chinese music its colorful character.

  1. Erhu (Chinese violin)

This traditional musical instrument is a two-stringed fiddle. It was first used over a thousand of years ago during the Tang Dynasty. Violin-of-sorts can be played in an ensemble of musical instruments or in solo performance. The Erhu is among the most popular bowed string played by traditional Chinese folk musicians.

  1. Dizi (Chinese bamboo flute)

Among the Chinese wind instruments, the dizi is very popular because of its ease of use as well as its easy construction. Unlike the different modern models of saxophones, flutes, and trumpets that are reviewed at Windplays.com, the Dizi only uses bamboo. The body is composed of six-finger holes, an extra hole with thin membrane of reed, and a blowhole. This traditional flute is used for different genres of Chinese music.

  1. Guzheng (Chinese Zither)

This plucked zither was first used during the Warring States Period. It is composed of around 18-23 strings and movable bridges. To use this stringed instrument, the performer plucks the strings at the right-hand portion while left hand presses the string on the bridge to produce desired tune. The best players can create sounds that evoke the sense of thunder, waterfall or the scenic countryside.

  1. Suona (laba)

Also known as Laba, this woodwind instrument is composed of double reed. It is capable of producing a unique high-pitched and loud sound and is most commonly used in folk music of northern China. It is usually played along with an ensemble of traditional drums, Shen, and other musical instruments during funeral and wedding ceremonies.

  1. Big Drum

Played using two wooden or bamboo sticks, this traditional musical instrument is ever-present in most folk music around the country. It is usually made of hollow vessel with stretched hide over it. It is often used in many different occasions such as for entertainment, military, festival.

  1. Pipa (Chinese lute)

This four-stringed, pear-shaped Chinese musical instrument can evoke various emotions such as a great tension and portraying battles or exposing tones on love ballads or sad songs. It is among the earliest musical instruments in China and is believed to have existed some two thousand years ago.

  1. Xiao

This woodwind instrument is a vertical flute that is comprised of a blow-hole at one end. It is usually made of dark brown bamboo and produces mellow and graceful sound. The Xiao can be played in an ensemble or as a solo instrument. The earliest Xiao flutes were played during the Han Dynasty by the Qiang ethnic groups of Southwestern China.

  1. Sheng

This wind instrument is made of 17 bamboo pipes that lead to the small wind-chest. It has a unique musicality that is characterized by its lyrical sound. The Sheng is usually played along with the Dizi and the Suona.

  1. Hulusi

Mainly used as accompaniment in the traditional music of the Yi and the Dai minorities of the Yunnan province, the Hulusi is a free reed wind solo instruments. This unique instrument is made of a gourd chest and three bamboo pipes – two outer drone pipes and finger holds in the middle. When played, the Hulusi produces a soft and tender sound with pure sound akin to a clarinet.

  1. Gugin

Initially introduced to the Chinese traditional music some 3000 years ago, the Gugin is a seven-stringed zither. It is a favorite instrument by scholars as it evokes enlightening. Although only few people can skillfully play this instrument, many regard the Gugin as the “father of Chinese folk music”.

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Dances, Tradition

12 of the Best Traditional Dances Around The World That You Should See

Every cultural or ethnic group has its unique dancing style, and sometimes ethnic groups even have more than one dance. Traditional dance choreography either has ritualistic religious meaning or an expression of folklore. Basically, it tells the story of the ordinary people in the community and it strengthens the community’s bond.

Alongside traditional dance is traditional music. Different ethnic groups use different traditional musical instruments. Perhaps, the most common among these instruments are the drums.

We’re not talking about the modern drum sets that you’ve likely seen in many review sites like BarkingDrum.com, instead, we’re talking about indigenous drums. Indigenous drums are the most commonly used musical instruments across different ethnic dances. Coupled with other folk musical instruments, they provide a lively beat to the choreography.

Through these diverse folk music and folk dance, the world is made a better place to live in. Here let’s take a look at some of the best ethnic dances from across the globe.

  1. Colombia

Folk dances of Colombia are among the most electric dances. It’s characterized by the colorful dresses and a lot of spinning, with the gleeful music from trumpet, drums and vocal songs.

  1. Yemen

The communal wedding dance in Yemen is electric. Cadenced by the fast beat of metal drums, the men swirl and jump in circles. It’s very exciting and fun to watch.

  1. Bulgaria

The Bulgarian traditional dance is known for its groovy, happy jive. The synchronized movements and fast beat of the dance is truly eye-catching.

  1. Japan

A must see when in Japan, the traditional Japanese Geisha dance is very pleasing to the eyes. The noble stance, sealed face and gracious hand movements all express aspiration for harmony and beauty.

  1. Thailand

The delicate, gracious and slow movements of the feet, hands and palms of the Thai dancers are very mesmerizing. Garbed with golden dress and adorned with golden accessories, the dancers look like magnificent statues that dance gracefully.

  1. Russia

Bounds, spins, and jumps, with periodic changes in rhythm and speed, are what characterize the Russian folk dance. It is a gleeful dance that contradicts the difficult life lead by Russian farmers.

  1. Native Americans

It’s amazing how the Native Americans were able to preserve their collection of traditional dance styles. Tribal dance of Native Americans were performed as a thanksgiving to the gods, marking special events or preparing for war. In many Native American tribes, the intense dancing moves were done to reach out and communicate with their gods.

  1. The Netherlands

Don’t expect to see crazy dance steps with the Dutch folk dance. Their traditional dances are performed by couples. These couples perform little jumps in pleasant and slow melody in circular formations.

  1. France

Aside from the scenic spots of France, their centuries-old traditional dance is also a must-see spectacle. Donned in traditional garbs, the dancers gleefully perform their dance routines.

  1. Mexico

A display of magnificent traditional dresses paraded in dancing steps – this is the way to best describe the traditional dance of this South American country.

  1. Czech Republic

Accompanied by folk song and violin, the traditional couple dance of Czech resembles the tough gypsy style. Across the country, there are several variations of this traditional dance.

  1. India

Just like Thai dance, traditional dance of India reminds you of the statues of Hindu gods you can see in their temples. The soothing hand gestures, the careful head movements, combined with the unique standing pose, make this traditional dance an act of beauty and grace.

Family, Tradition

Creating Family Traditions Has Never Been This Fun

Traditions are actions and behaviors that are passed on to ages in different ways such as stories, dance, art, crafts, folk music and many more. While traditions are usually related to certain ethnical group, it can also refer to small traditions within a small group such as in the family.

Family traditions are rituals or activities that are purposefully done and repeated together as a family. Creating family traditions is beneficial in many ways. It provides a source of identity, teaches values, offers comfort and security, strengthens family bond, connects generations, passes on religious and cultural heritage, makes life less mundane, and creates lasting memories.

I grew up in a family that values many traditions. One of my favorite annual traditions is the summer hunting trip. Every year, our entire family camp out in the outdoors and enjoy hunting. In fact, for this year’s hunting trip, I bought the latest air rifle model that I read about at http://riflejudge.com/. Opening gifts on Christmas Eve, decorating Easter eggs, and making snowman during winter are just some traditions that I’ve grown to love.

There are a lot of traditions that you can incorporate into your family. Here let’s take a look at some fun family traditions you can try:

  1. Outdoor summer or BBQ party

Welcome the sunny months with an outdoor party. Go to the nearby park or even just in your own garden. Prepare fresh fruits, potato salad, ice cream, water, fruit juice, hot dogs, hamburgers and, of course, BBQ. Get ready with family games and other fun activities. This will surely be a fun day!

  1. Birthday date

Make birthdays extra special by celebrating it with the family. Spend a dinner – or any meal – with the entire family. No need to give gifts or anything just quality time is needed to enjoy the day.

  1. Family games

Set a date during the year when you can spend a day playing sports with your family. This one is perfect for large families. Choose sporting events that can be played by entire family. Divide your family into teams to make it more exciting. And don’t forget the prizes!

  1. Christmas gift-giving

I’ve always looked forward to Christmas Eve, especially the gift-giving part. This is a family tradition that we have been doing, without fail, since my younger years. The gifts don’t need to be pricey. We also set some criteria or theme for the year’s gift. It’s exciting to see what you will get for this Christmas.

  1. Easter egg hunt

Another classic tradition practiced by many families around the world, Easter egg hunting is fun for adults and kids alike. The hunting part is always a lot of fun, full of laughter. It’s also a perfect time for family reunions.

These are just five of the many family traditions that you can add to your family’s annual plan. When creating family traditions, there are no rules. There are no “wrong” or “right” – whatever it is that bonds the family together and fills the home with love, peace, security and happiness can be a good family tradition!

Does your family have a tradition? What’s your favorite tradition?