December 25, 2012 | By Francis Whittaker
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Czech Republic: Shoe throwing

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Czech Republic: Shoe throwing

On Christmas Eve, single Czech women take part in a traditional fortune-telling practice that supposedly helps predict their marital status for the coming year. They remove a shoe, stand with their back to a door and throw it over their shoulder. If the shoe lands with its toe facing the door, then the thrower is said to be destined to marry in the coming year. Those whose shoe lands with its heal to the door will have to wait at least another 12 months before they get a wedding ring on their finger.

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