12 Weirdest Festivals around the World That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
Post release of the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara we all are well acquainted with the popular La Tomatina festival celebrated in Buñol.
The concept that was previously unknown to many had been brought into the limelight and critiqued by many. Not surprisingly, our very own Holi also makes its way to the crazy celebrations’ list! Some find these celebrations cool and a great way to socialize while to some it’s plain weird! Well, the list of such crazy celebrations that take place at all corners of the world is pretty long! Read along, as you find out how many of these celebrations are you actually aware of!
The Monkey Buffet Festival
If you chance upon a visit to Thailand during the month of November, this festival is definitely a must-experience! A buffet meal arranged exclusively for the monkeys is not something you could have ever imagined in your wildest dreams! Now that’s a crazy way to promote tourism!
Night of the Radishes
Although the name sounds much like a vegan horror movie, this is actually a delightful festival celebrated throughout Mexico every year before Christmas in which the veggie vendors sculpt out some super cool shapes out of their specially grown oversized radishes.
Argungu Fishing Festival
Africa, known as the festival continent with its all year round vibrant and colourful celebrations, hosts one of the world’s craziest festivals in Nigeria. The Argungu Fishing Festival is a 3-day cultural festival in which thousands of fisherman jump into a river and compete in catching the biggest fish.
The Running of the Bulls
Although this seems quite horrifying, the Bull Run is a popular custom, celebrated in Spain every year during July. If you want to take part in such a breath-taking lifetime experience, all you need to be is being older than 18 years and sober!
Boryeong Mud Festival
Although the name might seem insane and yucky, Boryeong Mud Festival is a popular 2-week festival celebrated in South Korea that attracts huge tourists from all over the world. And the best part is, the mud used is rich in minerals that are actually used to manufacture cosmetics! Well, that’s an incredible idea to enhance your skin!
The Thaipusam Festival
Not for the faint-hearted, this nerve-coiling Hindu festival is carried out in Southern India which involves piercing of body parts in the cruellest way ever. It is said that the more pain you go through, the more you’ll be blessed! A painful celebration indeed!
Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme
Celebrated in Spain in honour of Saint Marta de Ribarteme, the Patron Saint of resurrection, this festival is also known as the Near Death Festival. Don’t be surprised to see living people being carried in their coffins! It is just a custom of showing their gratitude to the ones who have had a near-death experience in the past 12 months.
Roswell UFO Festival
The belief that a spacecraft had crashed near Roswell, gave rise to the UFO festival in the form of an annual parade, in which the patrons dress up as aliens and attend conferences of alien experts and authors. However, non-supporters of the alien theory are also welcome to dress up and attend the alien parade.
When it comes to weird festivals, it’s hard to beat the Japanese. Hadaka Matsuri is celebrated in Japan in which participants wear minimal clothing or even may go naked. A priest throws a pair of lucky sticks into the air, and the one who can secure them in his grasp is the winner. It is considered that if he keeps the stick in a wooden box with rice, then he will remain happy throughout the year.
In this festival testicle of several animals are eaten, that are generally battered and fried. The oldest festival takes place in Byron, which features turkey testicles. It’s also held in several other countries, some of which host cattle testicles. Every year in September, villages of Ozrem and Lunjevica organize the World Testicle Cooking Championship in which US President Barack Obama and pilot Chesley Sullenberger won awards in 2010!
Dia de los muertos
It is a day celebrated throughout Mexico in honour of the dead. In this day, friends and family members gather and pray for their loved ones who have died. Traditions connected with this holiday include building private tables known as ofrendas, visiting graves with marigolds, sugar skulls, favourite foods and beverages of the deceased. Scary indeed!
And when it comes to the craziest festivals, Spain is also not far behind. This one is probably the most insane festivals in this list, in which people throw muddy rags at each other. But, that’s not the end of it! As if that wasn’t enough already while the entire town remains busy making a mess with themselves, few young men go up to the mountains and bring fire-ants! And then they bring them back to the town, drench them into vinegar to irk them up and finally throw these angry ants at each other!