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  • crabapple
    crabapple Posts: 740 Level 3

    Thank you for the tag @Diamond Lim πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ˜

    @Elsa you have done a great job on defining Culture and Tradition!

    Unfortunately, there are some Customs here (in the USA) that needs to STOP !! Prejudice acts is the worse Custom handed down thru the years and it is very Heartbreaking! It actually hurts the entire Nation, not just one person!

    Then, you have our Constitutional Rights (Laws made for our Country) which after hundreds of years, our "Leaders" are wanting to change !! So, some Customs should be left alone !!

    @Elsa you understand your definitions more than you think you do!

    I hope this makes sense !

    LOVE, PEACE and JOY to ALL !! β€οΈπŸ™βœοΈπŸ™β€οΈ

  • _Elsa_
    _Elsa_ Posts: 36,136 Sweet Legend

    Thanks for writing @crabapple and thanks for letting me know that I am defining it correctly. I don't know why I got so confused. The story is now done!

    Living here in the USA with me we have seen too much negative going on in the last couple of years, I won't get into politics in the forum but hopefully we can see some positive change in 2021. We still have racial issues that have never been resolved and that is so very sad.

  • hechicerilla
    hechicerilla Posts: 10,355 Legend

    Uff @Elsa , you have chosen a really complicated subject.

    We could debate culture and tradition forever. Although doing it in English is difficult for me. But I will try to give an example. In Spain, unfortunately "bullfighting" is considered a cultural event, not if it is in English, but surely you have heard of it. Some people, called "bullfighters" make the bull tired, mistreat him and end up killing the bull in the ring. While a lot of spectators watch him cheering, applauding and celebrating the torture of the animal Tell me, can you call that culture? Well, unfortunately all over the world Spanish culture is identified by bullfights

  • _Elsa_
    _Elsa_ Posts: 36,136 Sweet Legend

    @hechicerilla I thought the bullfighting had stopped. When I was researching for one of my stories i was looking for a matador image and I thought it said that because of the cruelty to the animals they weren't allowing it anymore.

  • hechicerilla
    hechicerilla Posts: 10,355 Legend

    Well, it's not like that, my dear. They have not been abolished. They still exist. It is very unfortunate. And the worst thing is that there is an audience, that is, there are people willing to pay to see that cruelty.

  • wabsy246
    wabsy246 Posts: 14 Level 2

    @Elsa is it tradition, cultural, respect for another? These questions continue to be asked throughout the centuries. Why is High-noon tea served? Why do some take their shoes off? Why do some slurp when eating? We can continue to ask ourselves this but I believe and feel that that a tradition is what makes us all human and what brings us all together. It is what creates the excitement and conversations of gatherings of times past and times forward. It creates that human bond that we all long for and so need and it is that one solid attribute in life that we all look forward too and can depend on always being there. It is the one thing that creates smiles -traditions are solid, no matter when, how or where they started.

    Never give up, Life is too short ❀️


  • MollyMolls
    MollyMolls Posts: 985 Level 3


    This is definitely a mind blower! Got my mind in over time..which..i LOVE btw..I would think cultural traditions are more like "superstitions"? Just a not walking under a ladder..throwing spilled salt over left side shoulder.( pick up with right hand) , picking up "lucky " pennies.( heads up) means good luck all day..these are some that where handed down to me from my Irish mom..and my fiance is are TONS of tradions/superstitions/cultural habits there..I look forward to your story..Thank you for tagging me..πŸ€—πŸ˜œ

  • _Elsa_
    _Elsa_ Posts: 36,136 Sweet Legend

    That is so very sad! Do they still have the bulls running on the street and the people run with them too?

  • _Elsa_
    _Elsa_ Posts: 36,136 Sweet Legend

    Wow! You are excellent at expressing yourself. Thank you so very much for your response.

  • DieOmimi
    DieOmimi Posts: 29,525 Friends Moderator

    Hi @Elsa,

    nor can I define exactly what the difference between culture and tradition is.

    Let me give you an example. Easter is celebrated here in Germany. It is a tradition from Christianity. It is the oldest Christian festival and is intended to understand death not as the end, but as a new beginning of a life. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated by all, whether they are Christians or not.

    At Easter, many trees are decorated with Easter eggs, i.e. colourful eggs. Colorful eggs are partly a tradition and partly a culture.

    Why colorful eggs can be asked. In order to mark the significance of the eggs, they were dyed red in the Middle Ages. The red color was meant to remind of the shed blood of Jesus and thus of his sacrificial death on the cross. It was not until much later that the eggs were painted in other Colours.

    The origin of colourful eggs lies in Lent: since about the 5th century, the Church had prescribed to observe a Lent (40 days) before Easter. During Lent, Christians were only allowed to eat one meal a day; Meat, milk and dairy products, alcohol and eggs were prohibited.

    And because Easter always falls in spring and the chickens lay the most eggs at this time of year, very large amounts of eggs accumulate in 40 days.

    People didn't want to throw away the many eggs and cooked them hard. To distinguish cooked eggs from raw eggs, herbs, peels, vegetable waste or onion peels were added to the cooking water. The shells of the eggs took on the color of the ingredients. Green from herbs, red to purple from red cabbage leaves, brown from onion or potato peels.

    Until then, it's tradition for me.

    Colorful eggs are used by everyone today, not just Christians. There was something like art to have the most beautiful colorful eggs. They were not simply dyed but kimperiously painted or designed with certain techniques that it looked like carved.

    For me, this is culture rather than tradition.

    All the best for you @Elsa

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