Some of the World's craziest festivals
1. El Colacho
Dating back to the 1620’s, it’s a catholic festival of Corpus Christi. The Baby Jumping festival is held every year in Castillo de Murcia near Burgos. Anyone who has new born in their family can bring their baby, who are laid on the ground and men dressed as devils leap over the babies. A belief that will cleanse them from all evil.
2. Goat Tossing Festival
In honour of St. Vincent, the village of Manganeses de la Polvorosa celebrates this festival in January on the fourth Sunday of the month. They carry a goat to the top of a church tower that’s 50 ft, and it’s then thrown down to the crowd, who will catch the animal with a canvas sheet. The goat is held up and paraded through the streets.
3. Konaki Sumo
A tradition that is almost 400 years old, is organized in Japanese temples every year. Two Sumo wrestlers each holds a baby, faces each other, and waits to see which baby cries first. Sometimes if both babies starts crying at the same time, then the baby who cries louder than the other is the winner. It’s the time to pray for the health of the baby. It’s a belief that the more loud the baby cries, the more blessing from God the baby gets.
4. Frozen Dead Guy Days
A yearly celebration in the town of Nederland, Colorado to celebrate the discovery of the frozen corpse of Bredo Morstoel, in 1994. Celebrated on the first weekend of March there are coffin races, look alike contests as the frozen dead guy, a parade in slo-mo and everyone is even shown a documentary.
The first time the festival took place in 1960 and since then it has been the most popular festival in Australia, in Port Lincoln, SA during Australia Day Long Weekend. A festival that lasts 4 days, more than 40k people love this festival. A popular event is the Championship Tuna Toss. Each competitor throws a Tuna weighing around 8-10 kgs as far as possible. The farthest ever thrown was 37.23m by Sean Carlin in 1998, gaining him another world record.
6. Cheese Rolling Festival
For all you cheese lovers this is the festival for you... if you want to break your bones that is. Cheese rolling is a weird festival that involves a Double Gloucester that is pushed down a steep grassy cliff, with people running (well they try to at least) behind in an attempt to catch the cheese. If you’re able to catch it, you get to take the 8 pound cheese home.
7. Thaipusam Festival
A Hindu festival celebrated in Malaysia or sometimes in South India. It signifies the appreciation and gratitude to one of the Gods, Lord Murugan. The people go to great lengths to show their devotion, from skewers being pierced through their tongues or cheeks to long chains hooked into their skins which is fastened to heavy chariots. These devotees claim they do not feel any pain as they are in a spiritual trance bringing the closer to Lord Murugan. The trance is usually induced through incense, chanting and drumming.
8. The Monkey Buffet Festival
A very unique festival in Thailand for the benefit of the monkeys. Thousands of kgs of food consisting of fruits, vegetables, cakes, candies and more are placed on tables in front of temples. It was first started by a local businessman to boost tourism in the province of Lobpuri. Thanks to the festival the monkeys are used to human presence and will not hesitate to ladder their way up on you or snatch away your belongings.
9. Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme
Translated into Fiesta of Near Death Experiences is held on July 29th every year in the village of Las Nieves. The significance of the festival is that local people and even from outside town nowadays, show their gratitude and thanks to St. Marta after a near death experience. The family and friends of the individual appropriately dresses for the funerals. They then carry a coffin with the individual in it through the streets of the town.
Spain seems to have the weirdest of festivals. Entroida is the festival during the three days before Lenten Season. Friday, the people run with hay torches, Saturday is the local feast and on Sunday the mes get dressed as Peliqueros, which are spiritual beings. The fun thing about Peliqueros is that they can beat you up, it's not that painful, they can also barge into houses and stuff themselves with all the food. And NOBODY can say anthing. If it's for the food, anybody knows where we can sign up for it? The festival is then ended by a painful round of mud fight. And for the ladies, don’t even try wearing a skirt, because they’re allowed to lift them up.