The strangest festivals in the world

Probably most of the population of the world known such holidays as Christmas, Easter, Halloween and New year. But there are plenty far from such famous festivals which are celebrated regularly in some parts of the world. Most of them cope pretty standard – people walking, dancing, having fun, eating. But there are holidays that involve more strange pastime, such as feeding the hungry monkey, pelting each other with tomatoes or cut figures out of radishes.

Monkey Banquet in lop Buri

This is the biggest party in the world of primates is celebrated in Thailand every year on the last weekend of the month. Monkeys that live in the jungle around the village of lop Buri has always been famous for its insolence,arrogance and aggression against the people of the village, in which the monkeys were constantly stealing food. In 1989, the residents decided that the best way of dealing with monkeys – love them. Since then, every year they served for monkey buffet, in which, except the fruit, are peanuts, cucumbers, krbovkama and even soft drinks like Coca-Cola.

Festival “Hit the neighbor” Tinka

The history of the festival dates back to pre-Hispanic times, when people donated human blood goddess of the earth Pachamama to increase their yields. Residents of the Bolivian village Tinka took it seriously and decided to meet the needs of this goddess. Holiday name speaks for itself.

Day goose

Day goose in Spain is celebrated for about 350 years. The meaning of the festival that a dead goose is hung on a rope over the water in the Harbor of the city, and the Spaniards swam to his boat and trying to decapitate jump. Why are they doing this? Many have tried to answer this question, but no rational explanation was never found.


On 24 June, the residents of the city of Cusco in Peru recreate the ceremony in honor of the Sun of the ancient Incas. Since 1944 it attracts many tourists from all over the world to see her. The lucky winner, who plays polimertara carry on the Golden throne in the ancient fortress of Sacsayhuaman, so he asked the blessing of the Sun in Quechua(the native Inca language). From the Inca Sun God Inti was the Creator of the whole world, and they celebrated his return every year after the cold winter.

Day Bonza Bottler

This holiday was invented by Elaine Fremont in 1985, and he is celebrated each month of the calendar number matches the number of the month (for example, 1 January, 2 February, 3 March, etc.). The word “bonza” Australian denotes something big, a “bottler” is something different. Symbol of the holiday is a dancing Groundhog, throw confetti.

Groundhog day

Speaking of groundhogs, February 2 – it’s a popular holiday, when people are watching the Groundhog crawls out of his hole. According to legend, if the day is cloudy, the Groundhog sees its shadow, and quietly leaves the burrow – which means winter will soon end and spring will come early. If the day is Sunny, the Groundhog sees his shadow and, frightened her, hiding back in the hole – will be six more weeks of winter. For Americans and Canadians is a traditional festival, but for residents of other countries it might seem strange. Groundhog weather forecaster, m-yeah.


Anastenaria or the day of St. Constantine and St. Helena is an eight-day festival, which begins may 21. It is celebrated in Northern Greece and southern Bulgaria, the people at this time, walk, dance, stomp to the accompaniment of live music and walking on coals. When the tempo of the music becomes very fast, people claim that they feel no pain from the burning coals under my feet. This ritual originates in the middle ages, when the Church of St. Constantine caught fire and when the flames engulfed the entire building, from the inside was heard weeping icons of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena. Brave parishioner saved these icons from the fire and left the Church unscathed and without a single burn. Festival arrange each of the eight nights, sacrifice bulls, and each family is given a piece of meat and sandals from their skins.


Aphellio is the Scottish holiday that Bert start from the Viking era that celebrated the rebirth of the Sun. He noted the holding of a variety of fire festivals that start with torchlight processions of men dressed in themed costumes, who then throw their torches in the layout of the Viking ship. The holiday is celebrated every year in the middle of winter, marking the end of Yule (solstice night).

Day the music died

Each 3 February to celebrate “the Day the music died” in honor of famous singers who died in plane crash in 1959 – Buddyholly, Richie valence and the big Popper. They were quite popular with the generation of the fifties, and then many mourned their death.


Hedgemaze (or “naked men festival”) is celebrated in Japan on the third Saturday of February, the coldest time of the year. Hundreds of men from all over Japan strip down to loincloths (and sometimes naked) to test their bravery and courage and luck for the year ahead. The measures themselves differ from city to city. For example, in Okayama, men are first washed in the river Yoshi, then run to the temple Sidari and there trying pheumatosphere sticks thrown into the crowd by the priests. Whoever catches the stick, will be lucky during the year.

Day straw bear

This British holiday is held on 7 January of each year after Plough Monday and is one of the holidays, the opening of the agricultural season. At this time, any man or young man fully dressed in straw and drive home in the area to dance for food, beer or money. Although it is a very ancient custom, it was revived in 1980.

Day vacuum

The origin and meaning of this strange holiday is completely unknown. It is held on 4 February. According to one version, a holiday invented hardworking housewife who decided to celebrate daily routine work. According to another version, a holiday invented by mad scientist in honor of the opening of the vacuum. According to another version, the holiday was invented by desperate tired person that wanted the vacuum sucked all his worries and problems.


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