10 most bizarre festivals in the world

10 most bizarre festivals in the world

It is said that there is someone for everyone, and festivals may be the same. If you want to have a really good time, if you like to immerse yourself in the strange and wacky, then check out these bizarre celebrations from around the world. You’d be surprised at what some people do just for fun.

These are some of the most unusual celebrations on the planet, from cheese rolling to jumping over babies. While monkey buffets, nude men battling, and genital praising may be common in some parts of the world, these festivals unquestionably make our list of the world’s twisted and downright strangest and most bizarre festivals. Here are some of the strangest festivals you’ll ever see, but I’ve been to one of them.

1. Kanamara Matsuri – the most bizarre festival

Kanamara Matsuri

Every year, residents of Kawasaki, Japan, participate in the Shinto Kanamara Matsuri, a festival. The penis, as the event’s central theme, is depicted in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade.

The Kanamara Matsuri revolves around a local penis-venerating shrine that was once popular among prostitutes seeking protection from sexually transmitted diseases. There are also divine protections for business prosperity and clan prosperity, as well as for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony.

There’s also a story about a sharp-toothed demon (vagina dentata) who hid inside a young woman’s vagina and castrated two young men on their wedding nights. As a result, the young woman sought the assistance of a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon’s teeth, resulting in the item’s enshrinement.

2. Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday in Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester in England’s Cotswolds region. It is traditionally organized by and for the people of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world participate. The event gets its name from the hill where it takes place.

The occasion is customary. A round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the top of the hill, and competitors race down the hill after it. The cheese is awarded to the first person to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill. 

3. Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri

 A Hadaka Matsuri is a type of Japanese festival or matsuri in which participants wear only a Japanese loincloth (called fundoshi), occasionally with a short happi coat, and rarely completely naked. Every year, dozens of festivals are held throughout Japan, usually in the summer or winter.

The most well-known festival is the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, which takes place in Okayama, the festival’s birthplace. Every year, over 9,000 men attend the Naked Festival – Hadaka Matsuri – in Okayama, Japan, which dates back 500 years. This festival attracts over 9,000 men each year.

At midnight, a Shinto priest throws a pair of lucky sticks into the crowd, and the men must fight until a winner secures them in his grasp. According to tradition, if the winning man places the sticks in a wooden box filled with rice, he will be happy for the rest of the year. In Okayama, this is a highly valued tradition.

4. Monkey Buffet Festival

Monkey Buffet Festival

 Thailand hosts the Monkey Buffet Festival every year to promote tourism. While it may appear that this festival is a monkey buffet, it is actually a monkey buffet. In almost any other part of the world, the macaque monkey population in Lopburi would be considered a pest. They are, however, revered in Lopburi.

Locals believe macaque monkeys bring good fortune and allow them to roam freely among the people because they are thought to be the descendants of a monkey warrior. Every year, a festival is held to honor these so-called good-luck monkeys, with over 2,000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables, and other monkey-friendly treats for the animals to enjoy.

5. Cat Food Festival

Cat Food Festival

The Cat Food Festival is held every year on the day of Santa Ifigenia, a protective black art, in Caete, south of Lima. The festival takes place in September, with fifty cats sacrificing themselves for the occasion.

Dishes with cat meat, such as schnitzel, huacatay, and greaves, are prepared in the same way. Animals are specifically bred and fattened for human consumption.

According to popular belief, cat meat has aphrodisiac properties and can prevent bronchial ailments.

6. Baby Jumping Festival | El Salto del Colacho

Baby Jumping Festival | El Salto del Colacho

This is one of Spain’s oddest annual festivals, held in the Province of Burgos since 1621. During the El Salto del Colacho (the Devil’s Jump) or simply El Colacho, men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) jump over babies born in the previous twelve months who are lying on mattresses in the street.

The festival has been dubbed one of the world’s most dangerous. The tradition’s origins are unknown, but it is said to cleanse babies of original sin, ensure their safe passage through life, and protect them from illness and evil spirits.

7. Festival of the Horns | Festa del Cornuto

Festival of the Horns

Have you ever been cheated on by your wife or girlfriend? If so, this festival may be of interest to you. Festa del Cornuto — Festival of the Horns — is held every year in Rocca Canterano, a city outside of Rome. The horns in Italian culture represent a man who has been dumped. The association is said to have originated during the Roman Empire. Many warriors left for extended periods of time to fight. They were given a pair of horns as a gift upon their return.

When they returned home, they frequently discovered that their wives had left them for other men. As a result, the term “cornuto” came to refer to a man who had been cheated on. Men who have been wronged by their better halves march through the streets of Rocca Canterano, sometimes weeping or breaking objects given to them by their former lovers. The parade is intended to both honor and console the men.

8. Pamplona Bull Run

Pamplona Bull Run

 The Bull Run is part of the Fiesta San Fermin, which takes place every year from July 6th to July 14th. Essentially, a swarm of charging, enraged bulls is unleashed, chasing men down the streets for over 800 meters. What is the goal? To flee before being trampled by a half-ton bull. Since the Bull Run tradition began in 1910, nearly 300 people have been injured and 15 have been killed.

The most common cause of death is goring by a bull, with only one death caused by being struck by the bull’s horns. Despite the physical harm a bull can cause a human, especially during a bull run, these animals are held in high regard by the Spanish people.

The need to transport the bulls from off-site corrals where they had spent the night to the bullring where they would be killed in the evening gave rise to this event. Youngsters would leap among them to demonstrate their bravery. According to Spanish legend, the true origin of the run began in northeastern Spain in the early 14th century.

9. Roswell UFO Festival

Roswell UFO Festival

The Roswell UFO incident, also known as Roswell, was a report of an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants that crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in June or July 1947. A “flying disk” was recovered from the scene, according to the Roswell Army Air Field. The statement was retracted the next day and changed to say a weather balloon was discovered. This sparked an immediate uproar among the populace, who assumed aliens had landed and the government was attempting to cover it up.

The debate rages on more than 60 years later. In Roswell, there is an annual parade where patrons can dress up in alien-like costumes and attend brief conferences given by alien experts and authors to celebrate their belief that aliens have landed on Earth. These alien activists, on the other hand, do not discriminate. Non-believers in the alien theory are welcome to attend the festivities and dress up as well.

10. Turkey Testicle Festival

Turkey Testicle Festival

A Testicle Festival is a gathering of small towns where the main attraction is the consumption of animal testicles, usually battered and fried. The oldest such festival, which features turkey testicles, is held in Byron, Illinois. Similar festivals, some of which feature cattle testicles, are held in Olean, Missouri, Oakdale, California, Huntley, Illinois, and Missoula, Montana.

The World Testicle Cooking Championship is held in the Serbian village of Ozrem every September. The festival offers a wide range of testicles, including wildlife. It also recognizes “brave” newsmakers.

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