People who are accustomed to their culture, the holidays of other peoples seem surprising, and often strange. To understand the traditions of other people, you just have to try not to limit yourself only to your culture.
However, in a series of holidays and competitions, peculiar to one or another people, there are truly amazing and unusual, which will be discussed below.
It is worth noting that many competitions are so unusual and cheerful that they remind more of people’s festivities, because the victories in them are not so important, the participants are much more interested in having a good rest and just chatting.
Feast of the “Las Fayyas”.
In the Spanish city of Valencia from 14 to 19 March this holiday takes place, attracting thousands of tourists. In the course of it every day at 14 o’clock the “mascletá” begins, during which pyrotechnics competitions take place on the ground, and already at night, fireworks are launched into the sky. The culmination of the holiday is the La Cremá ceremony, during which burned specially prepared huge stuffed animals and figures. This holiday attracts up to 2 million tourists, which is more than twice the population of the city.
World Oyster Championship.
In a city not far from Texas, a celebration is held, in which there is really nothing associated with oysters. The fact is that “oysters” in cowboy slang are bull eggs. The winner should prepare them in the best way, while the judges evaluate the appearance of the dish, its flavor and how it is served. These criteria are indicative of the lucky person.
Running with rolling cheese
conducted in the English town of Coopers Hill. This picturesque place is not far from Gloucester and in it every last Monday of May races are held, with the participation of rolling cheese. The rules of the competition provide for the start of the round head of the dairy product from the mountain, after it participants of the competition start running. The winner is the one who will catch up with the escaping cheese first and grab it. For this celebration, the presence of abrasions and bruises is common, so the presence of doctors at the foot of the hill does not surprise anyone.
Celebrated in Stonehenge, United Kingdom. This holiday for many world cultures is habitual, however the modern civilization has made it almost forgotten. But in the UK, since 2000, the authorities have allowed to spend the night of June 21 to all comers among the huge stones of Stonehenge, it is even allowed to touch them, although on other days it is banned. The holiday immediately became popular, and the drums, which sound until dawn, are connected to the action, helping to recreate the atmosphere of ancient and ancient times.
Feast of people-birds.
It is celebrated in Great Britain, in the city of Bognor. It is celebrated in July and has a rich history, in addition many countries have taken the example and now similar competitions exist all over the world. During the competition, participants run up a wide platform, set over the sea, and jump. The task of “people-birds” is to overcome as far as possible a distance with the help of self-made wings or structures for flight.
Demonstration of the bare buttocks or Amtrak Mooning.
This festival is held in Lagoon Nigel, USA. Every second Saturday in July in this Californian place is given extraordinary amusement – to show a bare ass to passengers of passing trains. Several years in a row, there were riots related to drinking by members of alcoholic beverages and indecent behavior. Now the participants do not urinate in public, but calmly continue to show their buttocks.
World Cup for the Dragons of Beloved.
More than 14 such annual competitions were held in the Finnish city of Sonkayarvi. They start on July 4, any man can pair with a lover and wife over 17 years old.The roots of the contest go back to the ancient traditions of the Vikings, who, carrying them to their wives’ ships, immersed them on their shoulders, obviously for the sake of convenience. The rules of the current competition determine that if in the course of them a woman steps on the ground, then the pair receives penalty points and her result is not counted.
Interestingly, this holiday, held in Bunyol, Spain, is not as popular with local residents as foreigners. They are the main participants of the tomato battle, taking place on the last Wednesday of August near Valencia. In battles more than 100 tons of tomatoes take part, therefore, deciding to participate in competitions, do not wear expensive clothes, otherwise it will have to be washed for a very long time. The number of participants reaches 36 thousand, the battle equipment is brought by special trucks. The rules of the battle are extremely simple – throw a tomato at anyone, just pre-mash them to avoid injury. It is forbidden to use other means and tear clothes on opponents. The end of the battle is marked by a grandiose wash – the area of special hoses, and the participants – in the river or special shower stalls.
World Championship dive into the swamp.
In the organization of crazy holidays there is no one more skilful than the British. Here in Wales, the neighbors decided not to lag behind. Every last Monday in August in the town of Llanwrtyd Wells about a dozen brave Welsh dive into the swamp to overcome a serious distance of 55 meters. Only masks and fins are allowed from the equipment. Everyone gets prizes, even the last one who gets there.
No, no, it’s not about firing people. In the American desert of Black Rock in the very beginning of September, thousands of people gather to create their own city from the sand. In this place, Nevada, no one limits creativity. When the week of work ends, all work and works are eliminated, and the place is removed. At the same time, in commemoration of the end of the festival, a scarecrow is burned, which gave the name of the holiday of “Burning Man”.