Throughout the year, we see special occasion of celebration with religious focus in many parts of the world. Every culture has its own way to celebrate, which commonly may consists of drinks, eatables, and other partying stuffs. The history of humans has evolved many strange cultural celebrations and festivals which are not just unique, but some are dangerous. Here is our list of most insane and lunatic festivals, which you will definitely have to experience once in your life time.
Cascamorras is a Spanish festival, which is celebrated annually on September 6. It commonly takes place in towns of Baza and Guadix, where two of these towns fight for possession of a statue of Virgen de la Piedad. It is a festival where all the participants are greased and oiled. They even pelt intruders with paint and eggs, seems a good way to trouble their neighbors.
9. La Tomatina (Tomato Throwing Festival)
La Tomatina is yet another Spanish tradition, usually celebrated in Valencian town of Bunol. Participants gather in town square with loads of tomatoes with them. They throw tomatoes on each other for fun, which resembles a pure tomato war. The tomatoes are crushed before throwing to prevent injuries. By the end of the day, huge slurry of tomato is formed, spread all over the streets. This huge slurry has to be cleansed by the fire department by spraying fire on them.
8. Calcio Fiorentino (Historic Football)
Calcio Fiorentino is an Italian tradition, originated in 16th century, commonly referred as Historic Football. The event is organized on a field of sand, with each teams comprising of 27 players. Players are allowed to use their hands and feet to pass the ball. The modern version of Calcio event involves punching, head-butting, chocking and elbowing. The play doesn’t seem a real sport, since it involves even wrestling during the play. Players don’t wear costumes for the game, due to sandy field which may interrupt the player’s performance.
7. Cooper Hill’s Cheese-Rolling and Wake (Cheese Rolling Festival)
Cooper Hill’s Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an England origin tradition commonly referred as “Cheese Rolling Festival”. As the name suggests, a round of Double Gloucester cheese is made to roll from the Cooper’s hill and the participants chase after it. The participant reaching the finish line first is considered as the winner and is awarded with cheese.
6. Encierro (The Running of the Bulls)
Encierro is a Spanish tradition, which mainly involves bulls and toro bravos. This incredible festival is celebrated for eight days as an Honour to Saint Fermin in Pamplona. Toro bravo mainly involve in taunting the bulls. A group of toro bravo breed is made to run behind the mob in a subset section of a town’s street. This place is made as a common ground for youngsters to show their bravery.
5. Monkey Buffet Festival
Monkey Buffet Festival is a Thai tradition, held annually to foster tourism. It is a complete ironic situation, where monkeys are provided with buffet, instead of people being distributed with eatables. Mainly assumed for better fortune in upcoming days, about 1000 monkeys are made to gather providing them with hefty varieties of fruits and vegetable. They are allowed to roam freely with no disruptions during their carnival.
4. Holi (Festival of Colors)
Holi is an Indian traditional, Hindu religious festival which is commonly referred to as “Festival of colors” or” Festival of love”. It is also celebrated in many parts of South Asia. It primarily involves gathering of people at certain place and chase each other, mainly focusing on throwing dry color powder and eggs. The fight with colors also comprises of splashing colored water on each other with unique devices meant for them. Hefty involvement of people takes place during this season, which includes distribution of sweets, chit-chats and drinks.
3. Konaki Sumo (Crying Sumo)
Konaki Sumo is the oldest Japanese tradition organized in Japanese temples. It is a fest where two sumo wrestlers, both holding a baby facing each other, wait for either baby to start crying. A priest as well interrupts the show by waving at the babies. If both babies facing each other start crying, then the one which screams louder will be considered as the winner.
2. Las Bolas De Fuego (Balls of Fire)
Las Bolas De Fuego is one of the major traditions of Nepal. The historic reason for this celebration is primarily due to, the local volcano El Playon eruption in November 1658, which resulted in fleeing of villagers to different regions. Every year since then, residents gather together at town square, to crazily throw flaming rags at each other. In 2004 heavy rain caused to call off the celebration, but it was entirely ironic, which made it more colorful with burning balls and dancing people.
1. El Colacho (Baby Jumping)
El Colacho is a baby jumping festival basically celebrated in Spain. It mainly involves men jumping over babies, who are reclined on a mattress in the street. Men are generally dressed as the devil (Colacho) in red and yellow suit. The purpose behind this traditional jumping is, to cleanse the babies to original sin, ensuring a safer passage through life and safeguard against evil spirits.
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