- A man must pay his wife’s family in sheep and cattle for the loss of their daughter’s support to the family.A wife may cost a man 30 to 40 head of cattle, which makes it difficult to pay the family and still have some left to support his new wife.Department stores eagerly get into the swing of things during Christmas in the Netherlands, decorating every floor with bows, wreaths, fake presents and large plastic trees, in preparation for the burgeoning shopping crowds.
Children marry as young as 13 to 15 years old and divorce is rare as marital problems are worked out on a family and sometimes community level.
From exploding snowmen to flower festivals, check out how cultures around the world celebrate the start of the spring season.
In a tradition originating from the 16th century, people in Poland celebrate the first day of spring with dramatic fashion.
Called the drowning of the Marzanna, a doll, usually made of straw, is made to symbolize the cold, dreary winter.
The dolls are then paraded through the street as crowds make their way to a river or other body of water.