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IN Weird ON 21 Oct, 2014
Hey guys! It's the holiday season and we know how to enjoy it. Did you ever wonder, exactly how many festivals are there in a year? Well, let's leave the numbers for now.
We all presume that festivals are only about eating, drinking and dancing, but there's a lot more to it. Some people celebrate throwing their goats off the buildings and the others by piercing their skins with weird objects. After all, everyone likes to party their own way.
So let me shock you with some of the weirdest yet famous festivals from around the world.
Spain has a record of weird festivals celebrated all round the year. Who would have imagined that a small street fight of youngsters using tomatoes will become the biggest and most famous festival of the world.
If you are planning a trip to Thailand in November, do visit this festival. The natives plan out a buffet for their monkey friends. This festival is celebrated just to attract the tourists and has no real significance as such.
This crazy activity is practised every year in southern India. The rituals to this festival is to pierce the skin several times with big and small objects. The more pain you can go through, the more you will be blessed. Clearly, this has crossed all the limits of insanity.
This colourful festival is celebrated all over India in spring season. It certainly looks cooler as the props are playful colours and not mud and tomatoes. By the end of the day, you are left with a colourful YOU.
To all the cheese lovers, this is just for you. If you are willing to win some free cheese, participate in this insane activity. A huge cheese loaf is tumbled off the Cooper's Hill, England, and the locals chase it to win.
This festival is famous worldwide as The Running of the Bulls that is organized every year in July in Spain. Some also call it as death trap as you can die too. Anyone, 18 years or above and sober, can participate on their own risks.
Mexico has this really crazy festival celebrated every year before Christmas in which the street vendors carve the self grown, jumbo sized radishes into some really cool stuff. Sounds creepy but it's kind of cute too.
This mud fight takes place every year in a small town of South Korea, Boryeong, which attracts million of tourists to participate.
This old and weird activity is celebrated mainly in Germany and Netherlands every year on a Shrove Tuesday. According to the rituals, a goose is hung upside down on a rope or pole and people try to pull their heads off. But keeping the animal rights in mind, these days only dead geese used.
One of the strangest festivals, the Goat tossing, is celebrated in a Spanish town on every fourth Sunday of January. A young boy finds a goat, ties it up and then throws it from the top of the church belfry, which is then caught by the villagers standing on the ground.
The Japanese never run out of weird stuff. This festival is not just about running naked (or in diapers) but also has some sacred importance contributing to the oldest traditions.
No kidding, a small town of Alaska celebrates this festival every year. Moose is the state's official animal and so they honour it by dropping loads of moose POOP onto the targets from hot air balloons. OMG! POOP.. How can they even stand this festival?
The Near Death Festival is celebrated every year in Las Nieves, Spain in the honor of Saint Marta de Ribarteme (patron saint of resurrection). The people who lost their near ones in past 12 months, lie in coffins and are carried through the crowd. Isn't this a crazy way to show gratitude?
In the 20th century, a volcano completely destroyed a San Salvador's village, Nejapa. Since then, the residents gather in the town square every year for a small celebration, where everyone throws flaming rags at one another. Weird but true.
El Colacho is a festival celebrated every year in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia. All the new born babies are placed on the mattresses all along the street while the village men take turns to jump over them. Well, this can be dangerous too, so they only allow the jumpers to participate.