An online forum asked its members how it goes in their culture when they get their first period. The answers from the community members were funny, hilarious and somehow weird. There are different traditions around the world when a girl has her first period.
Here we are presenting you 21 first period traditions around the world.
#1. Rinsed Underwear In Water And Smeared On The Face.
When a 23-year-old girl had her first period in Philippine, her mother washed her underwear and smashed it all over her face. Her mom said this is because the water of her underwear will prevent pimples in future. Also, the girl was made to jump stairs and it will show how many her periods will last.
You have a party thrown to celebrate your transition into womanhood where you don’t leave the house for three days, then get presents and a huge party (typically). You mustn’t be around children or men during your first period.
#3. In Ghana.
When a girl gets her first period she is forced to swallow a hot-boiled egg. Biting the egg means she is killing her future babies. This tradition seems very odd and even painful but the nationals of Ghana has confirmed it.
#4. Wash It Yourself.
“When you get your first period you have to wash your underwear by yourself.”
When a girl gets her first period in Turkey, she is slapped hard. A user said when she got her first period, she told her grandma and she slapped her. This was so sudden that the girl could not figure out what wrong she did. Later on, the grandma revealed when a girl in their country gets her first period, she is slapped. This is done because their cheeks will always seem red and they will have a sense of shame.
#6. My Mum Baked A Cake.
My mum wanted to bake a cake (she’s Icelandic and American). I was horrified by that idea (I’ve been brought up British).
#7. Party Time.
When a girl gets her first period, the family throws a big party because the girl becomes a woman.
#8. Sekihan Treat.
When you first have your period, the mother will make sekihan — sticky rice with adzuki beans, traditionally made for celebrations — but she won’t say why. The father and the rest of the family are supposed to guess that the girl has welcomed her first period.
#9. My Mother Insisted Me To Take Out For Dinner.
When my mother found out, she insisted on taking me out to dinner in a sort of celebration, but I was mortified at the thought. I went to appease her but was uncomfortable the entire time.
—Anonymous, 18, US
#10. Lick A Tea Spoon Of Honey.
You need to lick a teaspoon of honey to make the future periods easier.