Throughout the world, there are a huge number of popular celebrations rather unusual and weird that we wanted to collect for you from BBC Travel and The Blog of Rates to Go. Would you dare to participate in any of them?
1. Japan‘s Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) is a type of Japanese festival in which participants wear a minimum amount of clothing; usually just a Japanese loincloth (called fundoshi), sometimes with a short happi coat, and rarely completely naked. Whatever the clothing, it is considered to be above vulgar. The most famous festival is held in Okayama, where the festival originated. Every year, over 9,000 men participate in this festival.
2. Spain‘s wild-goose chain in the Basque village of Lekeitio the Geese’s Day or Antzar Eguna is celebrated with contestans who try to hold onto a dead goose as long as possible before to fall into de sea. The winner is the one who decapitates de goose with his hands.
3. England‘s cheese-rolling competition is an annual event held at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester. From the top of the hill, a round of Doble Gloucester cheese is rolled and competitors race down the hill after it. The first person over the finish line wins the cheese.
4. Hinduism’s hook festival or Thaipusam is a festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, Janury of February. On the day of the festival, devotees will shave their heads and undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion like pierce their backs with hooks. It is celebrated in several countries: India, Singapore and Malaysia.
5. Testicle Festival of the United States, it is held in Montana for two days in September and the main activity is to eat bull’s testicles during to whole days. Over 15,000 people attend to this festival, and other activities are carry out, too.
6. Cow Painting Festival in Luxembourg is held every summer and it consists basically to color these animals as a sign of their love for them.
7. Monkey Buffet Festival of Thailand. It is celebrated annually at the Pra Prang Sam Yot Temple, near Bangkok. It was created to honor the monkey, so, buffets of fruits, sausagem vegetables and other foods are laid out for monkeys to enjoy.
9. The Battle of the Oranges at Ivrea, Italy is a carnival festival held in Febrary of each year wich includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy.
10. Golden Shears Sheep Shearing at Masterton, New Zealand is held in early March in the country that has three sheep per inhabitant. The festival is celebrated for four days and it is divided into several levels at which different sheep shearers work from the rising of the sun until it sets.