The strangest festivals
People like to celebrate different events in their lives. Mass celebrations turn into very real festivals. However, some people choose a very unusual reasons for their celebrations. Describe below about 10 of the most unusual festivals held in different places of the planet.
Naki Sumo. This festival is dedicated to a crying infant, and he is being held in Japan. Any mother gets nervous from the cry of their baby, but for this festival crying is a big advantage. An amazing event has been held here for over 400 years, now his resting place is the castle of Sensoji. The aim of the festival is the most calm fretful children, supporting their health. To do this, raise babies in the air, two adult sumo wrestler. Wrestlers every grimace, trying to scare the kids, so they roared with all his strength. The judge listens carefully to the attempts of all parties, determining the winner. Participation in this contest is purely voluntary – parents take their children to participate in it. Because according to the beliefs it helps to drive away from the baby from evil spirits and to protect them further in life. In the festival Naki Sumo participates annually nearly a hundred children under the age of one year.
Kanamara Matsuri. And this festival is held in Japan. Translated, its name sounds like “Festival of the steel phallus”. This unusual festival is held in Kawasaki. Is it any wonder that the symbol of the festival – namely the phallus. It can be seen not only in the form of pictures and statues, and even candy, decorations and even costumes. The festival originated from the cult of worship of this male organ representatives of the oldest profession. They once believed that such worship, coupled with abundant prayers that can protect against sexually transmitted diseases. And local beliefs say that the worship of the phallus brings good luck in business, health, of course, the expulsion of evil spirits and successful marriage. Today this festival is not only a popular place for tourists, but also a way of raising funds to search for drugs against AIDS.
Rapa das Bestas. The ancient festival originated in Galicia, today it continues its existence in Spain. Bronze age local peoples celebrated the taming of the demons. To do this, during the presentation it was bare hands to choke on the ground unbroken horse, and cut his mane and tail tuft of hair. In addition to the hands and feet, is permitted to use only their own courage. Defeated daredevils animal is released, and the festival continues to celebrate the then – defeated the evil spirits!
The Carnival Of Ivrea. In Italian Ivrea carnival is held, the main event which is an unusual battle. In her role projectiles perform the oranges, and the action was called “Orange battle”. The roots of the festival date back to the XII century. Then according to the legends this way, the citizens fought for their independence from local rulers. True or not, but the reason for tomfoolery found. Three days 9 teams consisting of 3 thousand fighters make clean before the streets and squares of the town in place of the orange battles. People spill out their aggression in such a relatively safe form. Few of us could throw a pair of citrus fruits in their colleagues.
The egg festival. The purpose of this festival is not the eating of eggs, nor the competition of their well-aimed shots. And anyway, the chicken egg is neither here nor there. Each year in the U.S. state of Montana an unusual festival takes place specially prepared for which 15 thousand bull testicles. This unusual product is cooked in various ways – it is fried, marinated, and even froze to the variety of dishes was maximum. To compete in the skill of cooking to the chefs must be 21 years of age, at the festival except the main meals are served and other equally exotic.
Cast elk droppings. The official animal of Alaska is so appreciated, that by reason of him in one of the small communities throughout the state spend even a festival, albeit strange. During the celebration at a balloon launched a large number of moose droppings. From the height of the whole lot is cleared down. Don’t quite understand the rules, but the winner need to get droppings in a certain place, for which he received the award in the amount of $ 1,000. The event is accompanied by live music, sports events. And where no fair? Her special demand of jewelry made from moose droppings. Vendors claim that the product is environmentally friendly.
Boring. Asians love to stir strange holidays. So, every summer in the South Korean Borione held recently an unusual festival. The first time it was held here in 1998, but became so popular that in 2006, came here one and a half million guests. Specially for the festival near the town of excavated dirt. Then bring her in special places, “Mud Experience Land” where any participant of the festival can heartily izvoziti in the mud of his friend, or, if possible, the enemy.
The Moors against the Christians. In Spain there is a mountain town Alcoi. Few would have heard about it if not for a local festival. It runs for three days – 22, 23 and 24 April. All this time, here is recreated the famous battle between the Moors, who are attacking the city and Christians, it protects from invasion. All participants corresponding to that time the rig, they quite naturally fight with their melee weapons, pre-blunted to prevent injury in the heat of the revels. The event is so huge, that captures all the urban population, the residents of the surrounding area. As a result, all Alcoi turns into an arena of battle and views. On the last day of the festival, April 24, that will be the most important part of the battle, when Christians still drove the Moors from almost captured the city.
Argungu. In the Northwest Nigerian province of Kebbi is the fishing village Argungu. Does he not stand out, but every year there is the “international festival of fisheries”. On it a few fishermen to catch the biggest fish we have to do it with bare hands. For action see the local beauties, simultaneously choosing the most skillful of the groom. Last festival of 4 days, it takes place usually in February or March, starting Wednesday and ending on Saturday. This event is so colorful and important for local residents, guests begin to gather once a month before the festival to fully taste the joy of the holiday. The winner, in addition to the attention of girls and gets very rich by local standards prizes – a car, trips abroad. This leads to the fact that the participants strive to win even dishonest ways. So, the winner in 2008 was later stripped of his title and put behind bars after his opponents failed to prove that previously caught fish was swimming in another river. Besides, at the time of fishing 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. Festivities take place on the small island of Cheung Chau. There every year thousands of tourists flock to cheer for one of the hundreds of participants. Men are encouraged to climb a 20-metre tower, which obochine plastic rolls and at a certain time to collect the maximum number of them in a special bag behind. The winner is whoever collects more hanging items. Old timers say that this festival existed for a long time. The aim of the festival is to scare away evil spirits, bring good luck and so on. But now the festival is probably not the mystical purpose, and aesthetic-travel.