If you thought only Indian festivals were odd, you might want to get your facts right. Though yes, we have the most fun festivals, when it comes to peculiarity, there are other festivals which take the hat away. You’d be amazed to know these bizarre festivals we have picked out!
1. Festival of the Horns
Known as Festa del Cornuto, this is one festival for those men who have been betrayed by their lovers. Men from the city of Rocca Canterano (near Rome), go out in the street with a pair of horns, breaking things that remind them of their lovers or weeping over the betrayal. The festival dates back to the Roman Empire times when warriors used to come home from long battles to find their women gone with someone else. The term ‘cornuto’ refers to men who have been cheated on.
2. Baby Jumping Festival
If you are someone who hates babies, you would love this weird Spanish festival known as El Salto del Colacho or the Devil’s jump. Men dressed as devils jump over babies an year old or so in this dangerous festival that has been around from the seventeenth century in the Province of Burgos.
3. Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme
Known as near death festival, you would find people being held in their coffins in the streets of Las Nieves, Spain. They are not dead though. They’ve actually had a near death experience in the past 12 months and this is their way of expressing gratitude.
4. The Monkey Buffet
No they don’t eat a buffet of monkeys, they make buffet for monkeys! In Lapbury, Thailand, monkeys are idolized and considered as the descendants of a monkey warrior god. They are believed to bring good fortune and hence they have been dedicated a festival of their own. The people actually throw a 2000 Kg fruits, vegetables and monkey food treat for the animals.
5. Kanamara Matsuri
Okay, so this is a little awkward. In Kawasaki (it’s a town, not a bike), Japan, the festival of Kanamara Matsuri which is themed around, uh, well penis. The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. It is said that there are also divine protections for business prosperity and for the clan’s prosperity; and for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony. There is also a legend of a sharp-toothed demon (vagina dentata) that hid inside the vagina of a young woman and castrated two young men on their wedding nights. As a result, the young woman sought help from a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon’s teeth, which lead to the enshrinement of the item. You would see all types of depictions of a penis here, there are candies shaped like that, nose masks, balloons and what not!
While you might already know of the Tomatina festival of Spain, there is also Entroida, a festival in which people throw mud sacs on each other. The sole purpose is to make a mess of oneself while being smeared in mud and other sorts of unwanted dirt, which does include insects and fire ants.
7. Turkey Testicle Festival
If you thought the Kanamara Matsuri was too much to take, think again. In many parts of America, this animal testicle eating festival is celebrated in full swing with cooking competitions ad most ‘ballsy’ awards. And FYI, President Obama won the ‘ballsy’ award last year.
8. Burning Tar Barrel Festival
People in the town of Devon, England, on the 5th of November, light barrels and carry them on the shoulder. When the person is tired, they would give it to the next willing soul.
9. Konaki Sumo
Okay, so now officially, the world is full of baby-haters! In Japan, every year, the Sumo wrestlers battle it off with babies in hand. The concept is, the person who makes the baby in hand cry first, wins! Easy, right? You only have to be a devil! 😉
10. Cheese Rolling Festival
In Gloucester, England hundreds of people gather to watch locals chase a huge cheese piece down the hill. Obviously there are too many injuries involved but if you finish first, you get to keep the cheese. Worth it? Totally!