15 festivals world’s strangest to add to your wish list

Have you ever wanted to throw mud at people, or immerse yourself in a swamp with a snorkel? Thousands of curious people have turned to tourism festive in your new way of traveling, and there’s a good reason: you can always find a unique experience in life. It’s time to explore!

Even though we live in a time of globalization, many of the traditions of people around the world are surprising, and may seem unusual and even strange. But that does not mean that they become less interesting. Our world is rich in the diversity of festivals, each time more crazy, so much so that you won’t believe are real. It seems that we’ve found new destinations for your holidays!

It’s In Great.guru we select the most unusual and you would not want to wait to go and participate in them!

15. Thaipusam, the Festival of the drilling hindu

The festival’s most extreme and crazy that you have ever seen is organized every winter in Malaysia and Singapore. The hindu local pierce their whole bodies and strung together a few sharp hooks to their backs. Can walk with weights called “kavadis” hanging from their bodies for 10 hours. It is assumed that all the ritual shows the devotion of the religious and the people cleansed of all their sins. This may sound unreal, but more than a million people are participating in this demonstration of incredible faith.

14. El Colacho: Festival of jumping over babies, Spain

Each month of June, the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia is full of demons flying and… babies!

The el Colacho, the Festival of Jumping over Babies, it brings together many people in a kind of event of baptism. It is also a spectacular amenity for locals and tourists. Begins with men disguised as demons with costumes and red and yellow and masks, running through the village, injuriando to the multitude, and to blight those that cross his path with a ponytail. Then, the sound of drums announces the second part: the demons begin to jump on the infants of a year that appear on mattresses. It is believed that this ritual protects children from bad luck and, what is more important, them clean from all their sins.

Although it all looks impressive and dangerous, you don’t have to worry about the children: in the last 400 years, the tricks have been performed by professionals, and no child has been harmed or injured.

13.The Festival of Mud of Boryeong, South Korea

The mud festival of Boryeong is like nothing that you’ll find at other spas and resorts, and is very fun. Each month of July, you can participate in all sorts of entertainment on the coast of the Yellow Sea, which is rich in clay mineralized. Games of mud, mud baths and massages, and even a marathon of obstacles, mud along with skills of music and dance: these activities attract people from all over the world to Boryeong, South Korea. A perfect place to take care of your health and have fun.

12. Festival Buffet for monkeys in Thailand

Now that the babies have no sins and adults are healthy, it is time to take care of the wild world. That is why it is famous the old town of Lopburi. Each November, they invite thousands of monkeys to celebrate in the festival Buffet for monkeys. More than 4,000 kg of various thai dishes are served near the Khmer Temple just for them. The idea is to honor the creatures that are believed to bring good luck. Where else can you see a monkey eating yummy desserts and drinking sodas out of a can? “The city of the monkeys” now attracts many tourists and ensures that all the apes are treated well. The day of being a monkey!

11. La Tomatina, Spain

Each year, the small town of Buñol, Spain, hosts the “biggest Fight of the mudno against food” — The Tomatina. To ensure that there are sufficient tomatoes for the big battle, bring in large trucks. For an hour, the streets of Bunol are covered in sleet, red juicy, and people are exalted. The rules of the war of tomatoes are quite simple: crush the tomatoes before you throw them away, do not bring any object that may cause accidents, wear old clothes and shoes that you will not regret having deleted it after, and be respectful of others. Sounds like fun for the lovers of vegetables.

10. Saidai-ji eyo I Festival Hadaka, Japan

Japan rate this festival as one of the 3 most “eccentric”, and it is difficult to discuss it. The Festival Saidai-ji eyo I Hadaka is an event for men only, practically naked, which brings together the participants in a temple to trap 2 “shingi”: sticks of luck. The only thing that men can wear is a loincloth. Although the event takes place in February, not cold at all in the temple because the participants are brought together while trying to grasp objects. Once a man gets it, you can be sure that luck will not depart from it. Seems to be a very sporty.

9. International Festival of the freezing of the hair in Canada

These images will make you feel frozen, even if it is summer. But imagine what fun that must be the Contest of hair frozen!

Each month of February, you can pass the cold and the heat in the hot pools of Takhini, in Canada, and even raise money at the same time. The rules are simple: all you need is your hair, the willingness to leave at -20° and a little patience. Once you’re in the hot springs, soak your hair in water, take it out and wait. Everything else will be done for the cold. As soon as you feel that the air performs its magic frozen (which takes some time), start working on your hairstyle. Take a photo and the most original wins the prize.
Seems to be an attraction for winter, perfect for those who are not big fans of the ski.

8. The night of radishes, Mexico

On the 23rd of December, the mexican city of Oaxaca creates the christmas atmosphere more unusual with the help of the greens less expected: the radish. The locals use it to sculpt figures variables and expose it to the delight of passers-by and curious travelers. The main theme is, of course, Christmas, but the craftsmen and hobbyists shrewd do not limit your imagination. Create popular scenes peculiar from large radishes grown especially for the festival. It’s very inspiring!

7. Day of silence, Bali

The New Year in Bali is completely different from what we are used to. Unlike most of the countries in which these parties come with festivals and celebrations there, the balinese take advantage of the opportunity to receive the beginning of the year in peace and tranquility.

On the Day of Nyepi, Day of Silence, all the residents of the island (including tourists) are required to follow several very strict rules: no fire, no travel, no activity, no entertainment. These rules require the closure of the traffic and the electricity (with the exception of emergency services) during the following 24 hours to allow the self-reflection, meditation, and relaxation.

What if all we allow ourselves to have a day of Nyepi once in a while?

6.World championship of Bog Snorkeling (diving in a swamp), United Kingdom

The people of this city welsh is diving to get to the Olympics!

The world Championship of diving in a swamp race is one of the rarest you’ve ever seen. Every August, locals and some visitors incautious Llanwrtyd Wells voluntarily plunge into the morass in order to compete for the title of Champion. There is also a competition of costumes for those that are not as athletes, but still enjoy chapoteándose in the earth. The Triathlon Diving in the swamp for fans of real racing is also in the program.

If you’ve tried a lot in your life and you think nothing can impress you, go to the swamp.

5. Festival Pikachu, Japan

This star of film surpasses all records of popularity. In addition to the cartoon, the goods with your brand and the love of famous and devotees all over the world, Pikachu now has its own parade.

More than 1000 artists in costumes of Pikachu take to the streets of Yokohama, Japan. This year will be accompanied by other characters of Pokémon. The initiative is very new, but has an army of lovers who are happy to join each year.

4. Day-burning snowman, united States

When the winter melts, itis time to cheer and celebrate! The citizens of this cold zone — Lake Superior, USA. UU. — are heated by burning a snowman on the 20 day of march to mark the return of the long-awaited spring. The tradition is a local attraction, but the people of other states are cute and inspiring. Who knows? Maybe some day spread all over the world

3. Battle of the oranges, Italy

Another event of the fight of food that is worth visiting is the battle of oranges in Ivrea, Italy.

3 days before Fat Tuesday, the people of Ivrea becomes a field of battle for 9 squads fighting for the sake of justice. Each team has its own commander, uniform and a lot of oranges to throw at their opponents. The judges make their decision at the end of the third day, and the winning team is praised throughout the city.

Although the fight seems fun, in fact it is very dangerous because the oranges leave serious wounds. It is forbidden to participate without a helmet. For curious visitors, it is possible to view the battle from the distance.

2. The Festival Viking, Iceland

Each year, Hafnarfjörður, a small town in Iceland, becomes the place of a great historical recreation: the Festival Viking annual. During 5 days, visitors can travel back in time and immerse yourself in the way of life of the vikings.

You can buy traditional crafts in the market, participating in numerous craft workshops, and struggle, and try the local food. At night, the most exciting part of the festival begins with battles, dances and feasts in authentic restaurants. Although the fights are performed by professionals, it is strongly recommended to stay away from the warriors, as it can be dangerous and frightening.

1. The Burning Man festival (in Spanish: “Man on fire”) , united States

A combination of art, freedom and self-sufficiency. And all in a radical way. 8 days in the Black Rock desert and you will never be the same person.

The Burning Man is a gathering of people who forget their manner of ordinary life and create a new society and developed based on the principles of gifting, self-expression, civic responsibility and respect. Some may think that it is a place for hippies, though visitors of all the mentalities and professions are welcome. If you are looking for a spiritual place and crazy to stay, The Burning Man is just what you’re looking for.

Our drafting team has already placed the majority of these festivals on your list of places you must visit this year. What would you prefer to start? Please share your answers in the comments, and maybe you’ll find a travel companion!

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