Fancy yourself as a toe wrestler or perhaps you’d be better at wife carrying or ready to play with tomatoes, oranges or mud. Each and every festival has its own importance and beliefs. So if you want to have real great times then get ready to attend these weird, odd, wacky and crazy festivals around the world.
Here are the 15 Crazy Festivals which will leave you speechless!
1 The Monkey Buffet Festival
The Monkey Buffet Festival is celebrated in Lopburi, Thailand every year in the month of November to promote tourism. This Buffet is for monkeys. The macaque monkey population in Lopburi is so large and there these monkeys are believed that they bring good fortune. To honor them 2,000 kg of fruits vegetables and all the stuff that they can eat is put up as a buffet.
2 Night of the Radishes
This festival is celebrated all over Oaxaca, Mexico in December before Christmas since 1897. The street side vendors used to grown oversized radishes and then proceed to sculpt them into cool shapes.
3 Baby Jumping Festival
This was one of the most dangerous festivals in the world. It was celebrated in Spain, in this, men had to dress as a Devil and had to jump over newborn babies who used to lie on mattresses in the street. It is said that this will guard the babies against the upcoming illness and evil spirits.
4 Boryeong Mud Festival
This festival is celebrated in Boryeong, South Korea in the month of July. Mud-Lovers can enjoy this festival to the core as there are events like mud wrestling, mud fireworks, mud sliding, mud races and much more related to mud that organizers can conjure up.
5 Cheese Rolling Festival
This is one of the weird festivals in the world. It is celebrated in Cooper Hill, Gloucester, England in the month of May. The idea of the festival is to catch the rolling cheese before it reaches the bottom. Whoever wins can take the cheese home.
6 Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri
This was the weirdest festival celebrated in Saidaiji-Naka, Japan on the third Saturday of February. Nearly 9,000 men used to take part every year and fight over a 20cm long stick. The priest tosses two sacred shingi sticks into a heaving mass and whoever catches, snatches and stuff the sticks into a box of the heaped box will be blessed for a year with happiness.
7 Battle of the Oranges
This festival is celebrated in Ivrea, Itlay in the month of February. The Battle of the Oranges is a festival which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges. It is the largest food fight in Itlay. Being a hit in the face by citrus fruit is painful.
8 Pamplona Bull Run
It is one of the most popular and dangerous festivals in the world. The Pamplona Bull Run in Spain is celebrated under the Fiesta San Fermin which is held in July every year. The festival is mainly about the angry bulls running after tons of men. The only requirement to get into the race is that you have to be 18 years of age or above.
9 Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme
This festival is also known as The Near Death Festival and celebrated annually in the towns of Las Nieves, Spain. Thousands of people attend mass in honor of Saint Marta de Ribarteme, the Patron Saint of resurrection. People used to lie in a coffin not because they are dead but to show gratitude because they had experienced death in the past 12 months.
10 Argungu Fishing Festival
Argungu Fishing Festival is celebrated every year in the towns of Argungu, Nigeria in the month of March. A number of fishermen participate in this. People have to pull the largest fish out of the Matan Fada River with their bare hands in just one hour to catch the biggest fish will be declared as the winner.The winner receives a new Minibus and one Million Naira.
11 La Tomatina
La Tomatina was one of the most famous festivals on this list. Every year in the small Spanish town of Bunyol teenagers fights using tomatoes from nearby vegetable stalls for over the course of about 1 hour. The town gets so covered with tomatoes that the fire department has to help every year to spray everything down.
Read our article about La Tomatina.
12 Wife Carrying Festival
This festival is celebrated in Sonkajarvi, Finland in the month of July. This was one of the strangest competitions on the planet. Men are supposed to carry his wife and pass through various obstacles and whoever wins this competition gets paid his wife’s weight in beer. Only a light weighted Misses can help their hubbies to navigate the assault courses in the quickest time.
13 International Festival of Worm Charming
Again this was among those weird festivals celebrated in the month of May in the village of Blackawton, England. Participants are allowed to do anything to get the worms out of the ground without digging or forking.
14 Gay Pride Parade
Gay Pride Parade held annually at the center of Amsterdam during the first week of August in the streets of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Every year this festival attracts thousands of visitors and thus one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands. A parade of boats of large variety can be seen swarming the waters with the people around the world.
15 World Toe Wrestling Championships
World Toe Wrestling Championships is celebrated every year in the month of August. It involves two participants sitting across each other with their toes interlocked. One whose toe smack down will be declared as the loser.
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