People like to celebrate various events in their life. Mass festivities are turning into very real festivals. However, some peoples choose very unusual reasons for their festivities. We will tell below about the 10 most unusual festivals, held in different places on the planet.
This festival is dedicated to crying babies, and it is held in Japan. Any mother starts to noticeably get nervous from crying her baby, but for this festival crying is a big advantage. The amazing action has been conducted for more than 400 years, now its haven is the castle of Senseji. The aim of the festival is to calm the most capricious children, supporting their health. For this babies, two adult sumo players are lifted into the air. Fighters in every way grimacing, trying to scare children, so that they roared with all their might. The judge carefully listens to the attempts of all sides, determining the winner. Participation in this contest is purely voluntary – parents themselves give children to participate in it. After all, according to beliefs, it helps to drive away evil spirits from the baby and protect them further in life. The Naki Sumo Festival annually attracts almost a hundred children under the age of one year.
And this festival is held in Japan. In translation, its name sounds like “Festival of the steel phallus”. This unusual celebration is held in the city of Kawasaki. Is it any wonder that the symbol of the festival is the phallus. It can be found not only in the form of pictures and statues, but also even sweets, decorations and even costumes. The festival originated from the cult of worshiping this male organ with representatives of the most ancient profession. They once believed that such worship, coupled with abundant prayers, can protect against venereal diseases. And local beliefs say that the worship of phallus brings good luck in business, health, of course, the expulsion of evil spirits and successful marriage. Today this festival is not only a favorite place for tourists, but also a way to raise funds to find a cure for AIDS.
Rapa das Bestas.
The ancient festival originated in Galicia, today it continues to exist in Spain. Since the Bronze Age, local people have celebrated the daemon taming. To do this, during the presentation it was necessary to pile up the unbroken horse with bare hands, and then cut off a haircloth from his mane and tail. In addition to arms and legs, you can only use your own courage. The defeated brave animal is released, and the festival continues to be celebrated further – evil spirits are defeated!
Carnival of Ivrea.
In Ivrea, Italy, a carnival is held, the main event of which is an unusual battle. In it the role of shells is performed by oranges, and the action was called the “Orange battle”. The roots of the festival go back to the XII century. Then according to the legends, in this way, the townspeople defended their independence from local rulers. True or not, there was a reason for stupidity. For three whole days, 9 teams of 3,000 fighters turn clean the streets and squares of the town to places of orange battles. People throw out their aggression in such a relatively safe form. Few of us would not refuse to throw a couple of citrus fruits in our colleagues.
The goal of this holiday is neither eating eggs, nor competing for their throws. And in general, chicken eggs have nothing to do with it. Every year in the American state of Montana an unusual festival takes place, specially for which 15 thousand testicles are prepared. This unusual product is prepared in various ways – it is fried, marinated and even frozen, so that the variety of dishes is maximized. To compete in the mastery of cooking chefs must turn 21 years old, at the festival, in addition to the main dish, others are served, no less exotic.
Throwing moose droppings.
An official animal of Alaska is so valued that even for its sake, even in one of the small towns of the state, even its own festival, albeit strange, is held. During the celebration, a large number of moose droppings are launched on the balloon. From the height all this heap is dumped downwards. The rules are not completely clear, but the winner needs to get a goat at a certain place, for which he gets a bonus of $ 1000. The event is accompanied by live music, sports competitions. And where without the fair? It is especially popular with jewelry made just from elk litter. Vendors insist that the product is environmentally friendly.
Asians like to arrange strange holidays. So, every summer in the South Korean Borionga is held recently an unusual festival. The first time it took place here in 1998, however it became so popular that in 2006, a million and a half guests came here. Especially for the festival near the city, mud is dug out. Then it is brought to special places, “Mud Experience Land”, where any participant of the festival can from the heart to take in the mud of his friend or, if possible, the enemy.
Moors against Christians.
In Spain there is a mountain town of Alcoi. Few would have heard of it, if not for a local festival. It takes place for three days – on 22, 23 and 24 April. All this time, the famous battle between the Moors attacking the city and the Christians protecting it from the invasion is being recreated here. All participants corresponding to the time equipment, they quite naturally fight with their cold weapons, previously blunt to avoid injuries in the heat of the merrymaking. The event is so large that it captures the entire urban population, the inhabitants of the surroundings. As a result, the whole of Alkoy becomes an arena of battle and ideas. On the very last day of the festival, April 24, the most important part of the battle takes place, when the Christians finally knocked out the Moors from the almost conquered city.
In the northwest of the Nigerian province of Kebbi is the fishing village of Urgungu. There would be nothing to stand out for, but every year the International Fisheries Festival is held here. On it, fishermen do not get to catch the biggest fish – you have to do it with your bare hands. Behind the action watch the local beauties, incidentally choosing the most skillful groom. The festival lasts 4 days, it usually takes place in February or March, starting on Wednesday and ending on Saturday. This event is so colorful and important for local residents that the guests begin to gather a month before the festival to fully enjoy the joy of the holiday. The winner, in addition to the attention of the girls, receives very rich in local terms prizes – a car, trips abroad. This leads to the fact that participants tend to win even dishonest ways. So, the winner of 2008 was later deprived of the title and imprisoned after his rivals managed to prove that the fish caught earlier swam in another river. Besides, at the moment of catching she was already dead.
Chung Chao Ban.
This festival with a hard-to-remember name is one of the most famous and unusual in Hong Kong. Celebrations take place on a small island of Cheng Chau. There every year thousands of tourists flock to cheer for one of the hundreds of participants in the competition. Men are invited to climb the 20-meter tower, which is hung with plastic buns and for a certain time to collect the maximum number of them in a special bag behind them. The winner is declared to be the one who will collect more exhibits. Old-timers say that such a festival has existed for a long time. The purpose of the festival is to scare off evil spirits, bring good luck and so on. But at the present time the festival is no longer a mystical destination, but an aesthetic-tourist destination.