Springing for Edgy Traditions: 5 Beautiful, Bizarre and Personal Vernal Rites
Hope all of you are finding some time to relax and unwind during this season of Easter, Passover, Ramadan… whatever you celebrate (or don’t!). Take some downtime this weekend to dive into these four inspiring, shocking and hilarious stories of springtime rituals.
In a region of ancient Hindu lore, modern-day widows are condemned to a life of exclusion and humiliation. During a festive day one spring, everything changed.
Desperate to impress his future in-laws at their first Passover Seder together, one man became the center of an elaborate family prank with the potential to become disastrous at every turn.
Defying objections from church and state alike, the men of one small Italian village carry on an 800-year-old tradition, one vicious self-inflicted wound at a time.
Deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, a community of Druids is reviving Celtic rites. They might seem hokey or outlandish, but maybe, just maybe, they’re the ones who have it all figured out.
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