Top 10 Strange and Weird Festivals Around The World
1. Near Death Festival (Las Nieves, Spain)
Each year on the 29th of July in the quaint little town of Las Nieves, Spain, a very strange and morbid festival takes place. It’s the Near Death Festival in which anyone who has had a near death experience jumps into a coffin which is carried to the church Santa Marta De Ribarteme. I bet a few people try their luck with that one to save themselves a walk. It’s a plan that could backfire though; if you don’t have enough pall-bearers to carry your coffin, you have to lug it all the way to the church yourself , maybe a bit harsh on your backs.
Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India, Guyana, and Nepal. On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing the colored powder and water at each other. The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. Thus, the playful throwing of the colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by the Ayurvedic doctors.
3. La Tomatina (Spain)
In the late August, thousands of people pelt each other with over 250 lbs. of tomatoes in a span of 60 minutes in an event modestly described as the world's largest tomato fight. Every year, over 30,000 tourists come to Bunyol for this festival. Rules of conduct keep the festivities from becoming a more dangerous brawl.
4. The Kanamara Marsuti Japanese Festival
Celebrated on first Sunday of April, usually, but dates vary with the Japanese calendar, from year to year. For preference, P*nis images are made from candles, candy, decorations, and vegetables, mostly anyway, and are paraded through the city. Pr**titutes pray to, and offer sacrifices to giant p*nis objects, hoping to safeguard themselves from various transmitted diseases like HIV and AIDS, by so doing.
5. Pamplona Bull Run (Pamplona, Spain)
The running of the bulls is part of the Fiesta San Fermin which begins 6th July until 14th July, every year in Pamplona, Spain.The Fiesta does pretty much what is says on the tin; you run through the streets with some angry bulls chasing you, hungry to do some goring. I bet you’re thinking it can’t be that bad. Well you probably won’t have had any sleep due to the riotous partying the night before and you probably have had a couple of little tipples yourself. So now you have to run 800m with bulls, sleep deprived and a little drunk or hung over .
6. El Colacho Festival (Castrillo de Murcia, Spain)
Better known as the Baby Jumping Festival, it takes place in June of each year in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain. It is a truly bizarre Spanish practice that dates all the way back to 1620, which celebrates the Christian Feast of Corpus Christi. It’s hard to explain the Baby Jumping Festival without sounding like I’m making it up, but here it goes. Grown men dress up as the Devil and jump over babies born in the last 12 months of the year, which lie on mattresses in the street. The aim of the festival is to cleanse the babies of original sin and protect them against illness and evil spirits. It is absolutely crazy to jump over babies in such a manner, if this happened outside of the festival child welfare or social services would surely be called in.
7. Cheese Rolling Festival (England)
Though it sounds benign (and kind of goofy), cheese-rolling is very dangerous. Running full-tilt down a very steep hill behind a madly spinning 7-pound wheel of cheese can be well-nigh lethal. In fact, police have attempted to ban the event, but participants have refused to observe the ban. Men and their cheese wheels can not be separated easily, evidently. So what happens during a cheese roll? Simple: the cheese is set to rolling, and racers zoom down the hill after the cheese. However, as the cheese can reach speeds of up to 70 mph, it rarely happens that someone catches the cheese. First to the bottom wins the cheese. Glorious.
8. The fun-filled Thai Boryeong Mud Festival
Since 1998 the Boryeong Mud Festival has been taking place each summer in the South Korean town of Boryeong, which is on the coast of the Yellow Sea, about 125 miles south of Seoul. The beach in Boryeong has mud flats, the mud from which is known to have many minerals that have beautifying properties. The mud is used in the manufacture of a line of cosmetics.
9. Roswell UFO Festival (USA)
The Roswell UFO Festival celebrates the anniversary of the "Roswell Incident," when a UFO was said to have crashed into military grounds nearby. Featuring experts, authors, researchers, and lecturers dissecting the infamous incident, the celebration will also sport an alien parade, an alien costume contest , and an alien hot air balloon ride.
10. The Songkran Festival of Thailand
A really odd festival, known as Thaipusam, is popular in Singapore and Malaysia, but nowhere near as enthusiastically as it is celebrated in South India. Originating as a Hindu festival, celebrated by the Tamil community ,on the day of a full moon, in either January or February. Thaipuism literally means Star, at the highest point. This bizarre celebration marks the day Goddess Parvati gave a spear to Murugan, that he might defeat the evil demon Soorapadman. Things begin with devotees cleaning themselves by having a bath, and washing thoroughly.
Which one you want to celebrate the Most ?