Now that you're talking about graduation, I must say that people here have the lamest and worst graduation parties I could ever imagine. Anyway, I learned about this when I got invited to one guy's graduation party. He was living on a farm near here, so it took some 15 minutes to get there. His party was in a barn, originally used for storing 2 tractors, but one was taken out to make room for the people. On the wall of the barn there was a shotgun and a big "Bush-Cheney '04" poster. Anyway, the guy had invited some 2 friends of his and some 20 people who were I suppose friends of his parents from the church or something. Then they served juice and chips, and the guy was pretty much standing in corner while the old people were discussing whether John Deere is better than Fergusson. Most sided with John Deere, and luckily I was wearing my "Save a horse - ride a tractor" John Deere t-shirt so I turned out to be pretty popular in the old crowd. Anyway, after some chips and pop, we all drove back home. Although it was unimaginably lame and horrible, I still kinda feel good about going there, because it really is an odd experience I'll never forget. Oh, yeah, and the guy actually had printed out invitations with his picturo on them.
Anyway, I really like how people celebrate high school graduation in Croatia. They all get out on the main square, buy a bunch of flour that they throw around the town, and generally all get drunk and wild. So the town's a mess for the next couple of days, but I think it's a really nice tradition