It is often said that if one wants to know about the truth of a society, have a look into the festivals that the people celebrate. The festivals that people celebrate across the world are the symbols of their culture and tradition. All the festivals that people celebrate have strong beliefs associated with them.
However there are some festivals which are celebrated by certain communities or regions or religions across the world that are unusual and are considered to be crazy. All these festivals have been celebrated since time immemorial. All these festivals stand as the epitomes of craziness and wackiness that exists among the people of different societies and communities.
There are a good number of festivals that signify the craziness that exists between the people. May it be jumping on the new born babies or risking own lives by running in front of bulls in a street, the world is full of crazy festivals. Here is a list of the most bizarre ones:
Checkout the top 10 Most Bizarre Festivals In The World in 2017-2018
10. KANAMARA MATSURI
The festival originated from a shrine where the prostitutes used to offer their prayers to protect them from the sexually transmitted diseases. The theme of the festival is the penis and in the festival one can find paintings, carvings, candies, decorations all centred around the main theme. The festival also celebrates the death of a demoness by the name vagina dentate who hid inside the vagina of a young lady and castrated two young men. During this festival, women seek blessings for easy delivery, married couple harmony and marriage. The festival takes place every year in the Kawasaki town of Japan.
9. COOPER’S HILL CHEESE ROLLING AND WAKE
The festival is celebrated near Gloucester in the Cotswolds region of England and derives its name from the hill name on which it takes place. The festival includes the rolling of a double Gloucester cheese and the participants chasing for it down the hill. One who reaches first gets to win the cheese. Although the festival was primarily celebrated by the residents of the local village Brockworth, people across the whole world have started taking part in the festival.
8. HADAKA MATSURI
Matsuri translates to festival in Japanese. In this festival, the participants wear minimum amount of clothing or are completely naked. The festival includes a Shinto priest throwing a pair of lucky sticks into the crowd and the participants are expected to fight each other out to get those sticks. It is believed that if the person who finds the sticks secures them in a box of rice, he would face good luck throughout the year. The festival is celebrated in a number of places across Japan but the major celebration takes place in Okayama where the first celebration took place about 500 years ago where about 9000 men take part in the celebrations.
7. MONKEY BUFFET FESTIVAL
The festival is a primary celebration in Thailand and is aimed at giving the boost to the tourism in the place. The festival aims at paying respect to the monkeys by offering them with food including thousands of kilograms of fruits and vegetables. The monkey population is quite high in the region and they are considered as the descendants of the monkey warrior and are said to bring good fortune to the people. The macaque monkeys are allowed to roam about freely in Lopburi and the festival celebrates their presence.
6. BABY JUMPING FESTIVAL
The festival is known as El Salto del Colacho or the devil’s jump. In the festival, a person dressed up as a devil jumps over the babies aged between twelve months who are made to lie on mattresses on the road. The festival has been celebrated since ages and ensures longer life for the babies. It ensures that their life would be smooth and it would guard them against illnesses and evil spirits as well. The festival is one of the most dangerous festivals that are celebrated across the world. It is celebrated in the Burgos province of Spain since 1621.
5. FESTA DEL CORNUTO
The festival is also called as the festival of horns. In the Italian culture, horns symbolise a man who has been cheated by his wife. In the history when men left their homes for long times to participate in the wars and returned, they often found that their wives had left them for other men. In the festival, all those men who have been cheated by their wives take past in a procession where they often weep and break gifts that were given to them by their wives. The festival is celebrated in Rocca Canterano, Rome and is meant for the consolation of men.
4. PAMPLONA BULL RUN
In this festival people are chased by about 500 bulls across streets of 800 metres distance. The festival is celebrated every year between 6th to 14th of july since 1910. Bulls are highly revered by the Spanish people. The primary aim of the participants is to save themselves before being hit by the bulls. There are about 300 injury instances and 15 kills so far in the history of the festival. The festival finds its traces back in the 14th century where the run took place in the north eastern Spain.
3. ROSWELL UFO FESTIVAL
The festival is inspired from the UFO crash that took place in Roswell in 1947 and the occupants. The place is situated near New Mexico. The crash is still a matter of controversy and the Government tried its best to cover up the incident. The parade that takes place during the festival in Roswell involves people being dressed up as aliens and taking part in conferences that are conducted by scientists and authors who have been researching on the subject matter. All those people who differ in thoughts and views can also enjoy the festivities.
2. TURKEY TESTICLE FESTIVAL
The festival takes place in the town of Byron, Illinois where the people consume the testicles of Turkey in battered and fried form. Festivals based on similar practices are also celebrated in various regions across the world. The festival has been celebrated for about 40 years from now. In other places like Olean, Missouri, Oakdale, California, Huntley, Illinois, Missoula etc. similar festivals are selected where the people consume animal testicles.
1. MUD FESTIVAL
The mud festival is one of the craziest festivals that are celebrated across the world. It takes place in Boryeong in South Korea and is as messy as the name indicates. The festival relates with loud live music played in the backdrop and the participants indulging all the mud related activities like mud throwing, mud wrestling, mud fireworks etc. It is much more crazy than it sounds and a great number of people participate in it every year. The festival is celebrated every year in July.
All these festivals have successfully captured the attention of all the people across the world and lately people have shown their interest to be a part of the festivals and have started joining them as well. Although these festivals seem to be crazy it is really fun and meaningful at the same time to celebrate them. At the end all these festivals help the people of a society to come together for a common cause and help them build a strong relationship among themselves.