From Father's Day to Black Friday, the year is full of holidays and traditions that we indulge in—not because of religious reasons that date back hundreds of years, but because of marketers who convinced us to celebrate them.

Perhaps one of the most well known is diamond engagement rings, a "tradition" started by De Beers, which popularized not only the product but also the guidelines on how much should be spent.

An infographic by Bizdaq, an online service for selling a business, highlights more of these traditions, some in the US and some abroad.

For example, Marshall Fields department store in Chicago started wedding registries, and Singles' Day in China was started by students but exploited by marketers, the graphic explains.

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Laura Forer is a freelance writer, email and content strategist, and crossword puzzle enthusiast. She's an assistant editor at MarketingProfs, where she manages infographic submissions, among other things.