It is alluring to know how people from different cultures worldwide set customs and traditions among themselves – when things on a certain place should work this way yet on another, the other way around; when you feel like you are doing right because that’s what the society dictates you but actually its just a simple matter of perception, on how you see things and on how you interpret those.
Certain matters just have to be on that way for a certain group such that these characteristics are mostly unique on such particular people. And that’s what I’ve been talking for weeks…intercultural communication.
Take for example in Portugal. They have this Red Waistcoat Festival (actually derived its name from the red waistcoats of the campinos or bull herders) done sometime every July wherein the high point of this festivity comes when the bulls are let loose in the streets and start on their way to the ring. It’s just so incredible because for years people in Portugal “risk” their lives to these bulls that aren’t even responsible for the lives of these people. So strange for us, but I just thought there might be something in the veins of these people. What made me say so? Because same is true in Spain.
In Spain, they call it San Fermin, a celebration renowned for its weeklong nonstop wine, merrymaking and bravado…and of course, how can we forget: the running of the bulls through the streets. And the only difference with that of Portugal is on the style of fighting these bulls. In Spain, they kill the bulls or the bulls will kill them. In Portugal, they just wrestle it, might be of the thought that they need bulls for next year’s.
Still, whew! You can just imagine yourself being bait to these ogres! And how in the world can you ever survive? I don’t know…I don’t have a clue aside from formulating a theory regarding their bold histories. Remember our history classes? Both Spain and Portugal were conquerors up to the greatest extent of the world that they can; so that being killed by these bulls is nothing but traditional and ordinary, no big deal! Sounds odd, doesn’t it?
How about in our country, the Philippines? Hmmm…I just thought of having our cows or carabaos serve as alternatives for their bulls…What’s up for a “carabao fight”? Like allotting a time to celebrate for this Filipino version of bull fighting? A carabao is still a kind of bull after all, only it’s used in rice fields…
Isn’t it hilarious to know that these zany things exist, and exist still harmoniously in our society despite its overlapping and sometimes too opposite perceptions on these matters? Wow, its again a matter of intercultural understanding.