Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Most Bizarre Festivals

If festivals are meant to be a reflection of cultures and traditions, one has to wonder what these outlandish celebrations aim to convey about their heritage!
There's always a reason to party, as these weird yet wonderful festivals from around the world prove.

Kanamara Matsuri Festival (Kawasaki, Japan)

The annual harvest festival in Kawasaki is known for the phallic images it uses to symbolise fertility

Monkey Buffet Festival (Lopburi, Thailand)

In honour of King Rama who is said to have rewarded Hanuman the Monkey King with the land now known as Lopburi, some 600 monkeys are fed fruits and veggie during this annual festival

Running of the bulls (Navarre, Spain)

The highlight event of the Festival of San Fermin involves running through the streets of town ahead of a small pack of bulls

Roswell UFO Festival (New Mexico, US)

The festival commemorates the supposed recovery of extra-terrestrial debris, including alien corpses, from an object which crashed near Roswell in 1947

Hadaka Masturi (Japan)

Popularly known as the Naked Men festival, thousands of men clad in nothing but loincloths bathe in freezing cold waters in the hopes of purifying themselves

Holi - The festival of colours (India)

 The iconic event is characterised by the pelting of coloured powder in commemoration of a Hindu myth

La Tomatina (Spain)

 The world's biggest food fight has its participants throwing squishy tomatoes at each other

Yue Lan - Hungry Ghosts Festival (Asia)

 A spooky Chinese festival, during which believers believe that the a door from the underworld is opened, letting restless spirits roam the Earth

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling (Gloucester, England)

 Competitors barrel down a steep hill in pursuit of a block of (what else?) Double Gloucester cheese

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