Festival: The world’s 5 weirdest festivals
India is known as the place where there is celebrations.
We have Holi, celebration of hues, we have Diwali, the celebration of lights, we have Eid Al-Fitr. What we don’t have, be that as it may, is the celebration of infant hopping or of cheddar rolling!
Yes, these are real occasions set apart over the world and as Thais get showered by elephants in a water battle to check the Songkran celebration, we investigate the world’s peculiar, bright – and out and out unusual – occasions.
1) Songkran water festival
Every year from April 13 to 15, the Songkran festival, marking the traditional Thai New Year, takes place across Thailand. In addition to visiting local temples, people flock to the streets to take part in wide-ranging water fights. The throwing of water has traditionally been a sign of respect and well-wishing, as revelers hope to wash away bad luck.
2) Cheese rolling
Envision a gathering of individuals pursuing down a piece of cheddar down a slope. That is precisely what the cheddar moving celebration is – many members pursuing a wheel of cheddar down steep, sloppy Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire. This year it will be hung on May 29.
3) Mermaid festival
According to the internet, the mermaid parade specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
4) Wife carrying festival
Putting connections under a magnifying glass goes up against a radical new importance at these celebrations, where a spouse needs to finish a tiring deterrent course while conveying his significant other.
Men from over the globe sprint along a track with their different parts sticking onto their backs at the Wife conveying celebration in Finland.
What’s more, yes, it has rules: Runners can contend with their own particular spouse or some individual else’s, and she should be no less than 17 years of age. What’s more, if a contender drops his friend, he needs to lift her back onto his back and keep hustling.
5) El Colacho
El Salto del Colacho, meaning the devil’s leap, is the annual baby jumping festival held in the village of Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos. Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.
No concrete origin for the bizarre ritual exists, but it dates back to at least the early 17th century. During the holiday, parents with children born during the previous year bring the little tykes out and place them in neat rows of pillows spaced out down a public street.
Then, while the excited parents look on, men dressed in bright yellow costumes and grotesque masks begin filing through the crowd, whipping bystanders with switches and generally terrorising everyone.