Quite obviously, festivals serve as portholes for tourists to take a peep into the fascinating customs as well as longstanding traditions of a particular place they’re visiting. While majority of them are reverencing and thought-provoking, some festivals that take place in certain parts of the world are bizarrely unusual, downright creepy or even uproarious. So let us have a look on some of the world’s such weird festivals.
1. San Fermin Festival
Tracing back its origin to the Middle Ages, this is a deep-rooted fiesta celebrated annually from July 6th Pamplona to venerate Saint Fermin – a Catholic saint. Aside from a wide assortment of folkloric events, the week-long gala’s focal point is incredibly perilous and vicious Great Bull Run, wherein six bulls hound locals and tourists down
the Pamplona’s narrow streets. Though this event lasts for only a few minutes, it’s quite frantic to see hundreds of overactive people running to escape from a flock of fuming bovines.
2. La Tomatina
This is one of the world’s most demented as well as messiest festivals. Held every year on the last Wednesday of August in eastern Spain’s Bunol, La Tomatina that lasts for only an hour literally reddens the town, as hundreds of thousands of revelers gather here for a tomato fight and eventually get pelted by over 100,000 kilograms of tomatoes.
3. Monkey Buffet Festival
Celebrated in a ruined shrine in Lopburi that is placed about 150 kilometers from Bangkok – the capital city of Thailand, this interesting, amusing festival’s highlight is a large quantity of food items including fresh tropical fruits, sausages, ice cream, vegetables, desserts, jam, steamy white rice, and milk served to the esteemed guests, long-tailed macaques.
During this annual summer festival that is held in Boryeong, South Korea, people from across the world come down to Daecheon Beach to throw themselves into several of attractions erected using mineral-enriched mud taken from the Boryeong Mineral Flat, such as mud pool, mud slides, and mud skiing venues, among others.
Held on the full moon day during the Tamil lunar month of Thai, this Hindu festival is mainly celebrated in India’s southern states to commemorate Lord Murugan’s triumph over Soorapadman’s cruelty. Legend has it that, on this day, Goddess Parvati bestowed her son, Lord Murugan with an invincible spear to overcome the evil deeds of Soorapadman. A distinctive yet excruciating segment of this festival is the devotees piercing their tongue or cheeks with vel spears while bearing kavadis – a steel or wood structure bedecked with flowers and peacock feathers – on their shoulders as an act of humbleness and devotion to Lord Murugan.
- Conyers’ Running of the Bulls unlike Pamplona (wdsu.com)
- Buñol, Spain: the world’s biggest food fight (internationalmanofmystery.typepad.com)
- 5 Festivals Around the World You Won’t Believe Exist (keepwalkingtravels.wordpress.com)
- Festival | Watch Pamplona’s bull runs live every morning on webcast (thejournalist.ie)