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Kisses are an integral part of the traditions of different nations, and each culture comes up with its own unique “zest” associated with this pleasant experience. Let us give examples of ten different “kissing” customs. Some of them are ancient; others have appeared recently. And no one said that you must kiss the other person.
1. Bench kisses Syracuse University
Unlike many other colleges and universities around the world, Syracuse University in Central New York has a number of unique traditions that its students have continued for many years. The main one is a special attraction known as the "Bench of Kisses".
In 1912, the graduation course decided to make a gift to the university and leave a memory of itself by installing a stone bench with a memorable tablet. Although its exact origin is unknown, the tradition that gave the bench its name originated in the 1950s.Men and women who were tortured by loneliness should have kissed someone on the bench. And by the 1970s, it was believed that in order to get married, a woman had to kiss someone on the bench. Today, the legend is almost the same: kiss someone and find happiness.
2. The Stone of Eloquence
It may seem strange, but people kiss not only each other, but also inanimate objects. For example, this is a stone in Ireland. The true origin of it is shrouded in a heap of secrets. Some say that this is part of the original “Skuna Stone” on which the Scottish and English monarchs were crowned; others clarify that it was a gift from Robert the Bruce.
These stories are likely to be legends, but recent scientific analysis has shown that the composition of the stone is unique for this area. As the legend of the stone, Cormac McCarthy, the builder of the castle of Blarney in Ireland, saved the witch from drowning. As a token of gratitude, she told him that if he kissed the Stone of Eloquence, he would give the person a “gift of gabba” - with special skills of communication and flattery. True, to make the process of kissing is not so easy.
3. Welcome kiss in French
Faire la bise, the French "welcome kiss" is the traditional way for the French to greet each other. A number of rules were developed regarding who, how much and how to kiss. In fact, today Faire la bise is a complex social interaction. There is an old joke, which says that you can accurately determine which part of France you are in, according to how many times people kiss each other when they meet.
Although usually people just touch their cheeks with their lips, the French, familiar with each other, really kiss each other's cheeks. Conversely, strangers are more likely to refrain from faire la bise, choosing a handshake instead, until they get to know each other better. In addition, if someone is at a party, then it is a socially acceptable thing - to kiss everyone so that no one feels offended. By the way, about the same can be said about Russia.
4. Kissing Bricks
It is no secret to anyone that there are many traditions and beliefs in professional sports. For example, after each NASCAR and Indy race on the Speedway track in Indianapolis, the racers kiss ... bricks. In 1996, in the second year of NASCAR racing on this track, a driver named Dale Jarrett and his team leader Todd Parrott decidedthat they need a tradition (the winners of the Indy 500 always traditionally drink milk after their victories). In the end, they decided to kiss a row of bricks near the finish line. This surprisingly quickly became one of the most famous traditions in sports.
5. Kiss the Pope's Ring
One of the countless customs associated with the head of the Catholic Church is the kiss of the ring of the Pope. Believers are believed to recognize the fact that the Pope is the representative of Jesus Christ on earth. In addition, many Catholics also kiss the rings of smaller clergy, such as cardinals and bishops.
The Pope's ring itself is known as the Ring of the Fisherman and has been used since the middle of the 13th century. On a ring made of gold, St. Peter is depicted, throwing a net from a boat (the apostle was a fisherman by occupation). However, some Catholics have recently refused to do this, as they consider it an infringement of the individual.
6. Kissing Post ("A place to kiss")
Ellis Island was the busiest immigration gateway to the United States from 1892 to 1954. He was nicknamed “The Kissing Post” because it was the first place in which new immigrants reunited with their families.While the new arrivals were waiting for verification of documents, friends and relatives who met them in the States had to wait outside the wall.
After checking the documents (and given the crowd of immigrants, it was not fast) they were allowed to meet in a separate room. Naturally, without hugs, tears of joy and kisses did not do. That gave this place such a name. In the end, the customs post itself began to symbolize freedom and the reunion of love.
7. Wedding traditions
Almost every culture has a tradition of kissing the bride and groom at their wedding, and for the first time this has arisen in ancient Rome. However, many societies have brought local unique nuances to this tradition. For example, in Sweden after the wedding ceremony, if the bride or groom leaves the newly-wed husband, any member of the wedding party can kiss the remaining spouse.
Wedding kisses are also associated with the beginnings of the tradition of multi-level wedding cakes. In medieval England, the guests brought small cakes to the wedding, which were piled up as much as possible. The idea was that the bride and groom could kiss the top of the pile, then they would have a happy life together.
8. Full moon in the courtyard
The oldest tradition of kisses at Stanford University, called Full Moon on the Quad (“Full Moon in the Courtyard”), dates back to the 19th century, when senior male students kissed female freshmen, even exchanging roses. Once it was an innocent and chaste lesson, but today it looks more like a drunken brawl, where students tend to kiss as many different people as possible, and not only that.
Most often (up to 1000 times) the tree is kissed by Stanford's talisman. Although they had previously tried to declare the “Full Moon in the Courtyard” illegal, the university’s leadership today reluctantly approves of it. The most common complaint is that many people kissing each other increase the risk of a number of different diseases, including meningococcal meningitis, also known as “newcomer meningitis”.
9. Trobriand Isle Kissing
A relatively small archipelago located off the east coast of New Guinea, the island of Trobriand is home to the native population with a rather strange way to kiss. It all starts pretty simple: two start kissing as usual. But then the strangeness begins: a couple starts biting each other’s lower lips, often to the blood.
The final step in the kiss of the islands of Trobriand is ... biting off the partner's eyelashes (although this is considered very intimate and, as a rule, is practiced only by people who love each other). In fact, this is considered a status symbol, because here short eyelashes or their absence at all is considered a symbol of the fact that a person is “busy”.
10. Omed-Omedan Festival in Bali
Every year a festival of kisses is held in the village of Cesetan in Bali, known as Omed-Omedan. The festival is held to avoid failure in the coming year, the day after Niepi, the day of silence for the Balinese Hindus, who celebrates the New Year.
Before the start of the festivities, teens gather on the main road and say a short prayer. Then kisses and dances begin, and the audience at this time pour heated water over teenagers. When this tradition arose, is unknown. Locals just say that "long time ago."