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What is the significance of soy beans in the Japanese custom of Setsubun?

During the Setsubun festival in February, it is customary to 'cast out' roasted soy beans and say, "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" ("鬼は外!福は内!", "Oni go out! Blessings come in!"). What is the ...
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Why do we wear green on St. Patrick's Day and get pinched if we don't?

Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is a tradition. No questions asked, just do it, kinda thing. So, as I'm running away to ask this, in my green shirt (it says "WORLD'S TALLEST LEPRECHAUN), I came to ...
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When and why did necromancy became a bad thing?

Talking about Europe and cultures that influenced it... Why and since when was the revival of the dead considered evil? In Greek mythology bringing back a loved one is hard or comes at a price, but ...
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Why do we “trick or treat” on Halloween?

On Halloween, children in masks and costumes visit houses and ask for treats, using the phrase "trick or treat". How did the tradition get started, and does it stem from the pagan festivals that ...
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Why do we dress up to celebrate Halloween?

Why do people wear elaborate masks and costumes to celebrate Halloween? Did people dress up during the pagan festivals that inspired Halloween, or is the practice a modern addition?
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What is the origin of the story that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole?

Can the traditional location of Santa Claus home and workshop be traced to older folklore stories, or is it a modern invention, a piece of fakelore?
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Why are poinsettias associated with Christmas?

The site Poinsettia Facts associates the flower with Christmas: No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant. Today the ...
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Why do Ethiopians play gena on Christmas?

Traditionally, people in Ethiopia play gena - a rugby/field hockey like game - on Christmas day. Where does this tradition come from?
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Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Why do people kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas? Where does the tradition come from?
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Are There Pagan Roots of Christmas Traditions?

Why do we celebrate Christmas as we do today? What do the Christmas symbols mean: Santa, an evergreen tree, adornments, bells, mistletoe, reindeer, elves, socks filled with gourmet... where do they ...
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Ηοw is the pomegranate connected with New Year's celebrations?

I flew to Crete on New Year's Eve, and the flight crew offered all of us a pomegranate and instructed us to break it open at midnight. What's the story there? How is the pomegranate connected with ...