Rites, Rituals & How We Live Around the World {Round-Up}

I have a bit of an obsession. Maybe it’s the voyeuristic side of me. Perhaps it’s just my love and fascination for the way different people and cultures perform certain daily rituals around the world. Whatever it is, every time I see a new article pop up on Facebook, I’m always fascinated, eager to take a peek into the ordinary details of life for extraordinary people all over the planet. I love the colors, the textures, and the emotions that inevitably surface.

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My favorite collections are the ones chock full of authentic, vivid, colorful photos. I ooh and ah about certain particularities that I’m maybe not so used to. I compare and contrast between different areas of the world and wonder at how different our lives must be.

Whatever it is – the foods that are eaten in different countries, the peek into messy kids’ bedrooms, the different rites and rituals for important life events such as birth, coming of age, marriage or death – all are absolutely fascinating.

However, in revealing the differences that exist between countries, cultures and peoples, we are somehow inevitably turned to the similarities that tie us all together as human beings, members of that large and vast family called humanity.

We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me. But my brown sister is she as much as I am me.” ― C. JoyBell C.

I’ve limited my curation to the following collection of rites, rituals and everyday life portrayed through photos. Just click on each thumbnail image below to go to the website where you will find more photos and interesting facts. I hope you will enjoy!

And please do tell me, if you could add any other topics to this collection, what would they be? Do you have any favorite collections that are not included here? Please add them in the comments.

Rites, Rituals, and How We Live Around the World

Inside the maternity bags of expectant mothers

What giving birth looks like around the world

Babies first foods around the world

20 incredible journeys to school that will make yours look boring

Schools around the world in pictures

What school lunches look like in 20 countries

20 powerful photos of kids’ bedrooms around the world

10 traditional homes around the world

One week worth of groceries around the world

16 pictures of the world’s kitchens show the hearts of homes

20 photos of breakfasts around the world

13 amazing coming of age traditions

Dating customs and traditions around the world

Explore weddings through 13 photos

Fascinating funeral traditions from around the globe

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Bonjour! I'm Maria! I was born in Southern California to a Peruvian father and a Mexican mother. I grew up speaking Spanish and English and fell in love with French when I was just a girl. I studied French and second language acquisition at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I met my French husband Samuel. I taught French at BYU for a few years before venturing onto our own homemade multilingual experiment... My husband and I now live in Normandy, France with our four gorgeous trilingual children. I'm a substitute secondary school English teacher and am currently preparing my certification to become a tenured teacher in French private schools. I am passionate about second language acquisition and my blog is the story of our multilingual, multicultural life. You'll also find different resources and advice for raising your own multilingual family on Trilingual Mama. Come have a peek, I'd love to have you visit!

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