The Worlds Craziest Festivals
Everyone needs to have fun at some point. It just so happens that there are a few places around the world where having fun means being a little crazy and doing things just a few feet over the edge. If you are looking for something crazy to do, check out one of these world's craziest festivals!
Cheese Rolling Festival, Cooperís Hill, Gloucestershire, England
The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in the Cotswolds region of England. It is traditionally by and for the people who live in Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part. The event takes its name from the hill on which it occurs.
The first to reach the cheese will win the race but there's a catch. The hill is so extremely steep, the cheese goes very fast, and there's simply no way a person running down the steep hill can win the race and stay on their feet, so everybody in the race starts to tumble. In fact, the hill is so steep that you can't help but tumble if you are running down it. So within seconds, everybody is tumbling!
La Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain
La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol in the Valencia region of Spain. Tens of metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets in exactly one hour.
From this point it is every man, woman and child for themselves as the event turns into a tomato slinging war. Everyone is supposed to adhere to a small number of rules: You must squash the tomato before throwing it and you are not allowed to throw anything other than tomatoes.
Monkey Buffet Festival,Thailand
Every year on the last Sunday of November, all of the province's approximately 600 monkeys are invited to eat fruits and vegetables during an annual feast held in honor of Rama, a hero of the Ramayana, who, it is said, rewarded his friend and ally, Hanuman the Monkey King, with the fiefdom of what is now Lopburi.
Organizers of the annual monkey buffet use more than 3,000 kg of fruits and vegetables for the festival.
Onbashira Festival, Japan
The Onbashira festival (can be literally translated as "the honored pillars") is reputed to have continued, uninterrupted, for 1200 years. The festival is held once every six years, however the locals may say "once in seven years," because of the traditional Japanese custom of including the current year when counting a length of time.
It looks scary and dangerous but it is still practiced in certain parts of China. Thousands of people come to witness this sport as it is not practiced anywhere else in the world in this scale.
Redneck Games, USA
The Redneck Games are held in East Dublin, Georgia annually. What started off in 1996 as a goofy way to raise money for charity has evolved into a nationwide phenomenon. Back in 1996, Atlanta was going to host the Olympics and a lot of jokes were being made about a bunch of rednecks hosting the Olympics.
The games themselves are down-and-dirty events like bobbing for pig's feet, seed spitting, dumpster diving, hubcap hurling, bug zapping by spitball, an armpit serenade and a big-hair contest.
The Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
Every year at the end of February, the small northern Italian town of Ivrea comes under fruit attack during the Battle of the Oranges. Thousands come from far and wide to take part in the annual Carnevale di Ivrea, and itís safe to say that no one leaves untouched by pulp.
Participants are divided into teams in carriages, who ride through the town and represent the emperorís men, and teams on foot, which stay on the ground and represent the commoners. All, of course, are in full costume and armed with arance.
Wife Carrying Competition, Finland
Wife carrying is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. Several types of carry may be practised: piggyback, fireman's carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband's shoulders, holding onto his waist).
The original track in the rough terrain with fences, rocks and brooks has been altered to suit modern conditions. Rules to the championship include having fun and the wife being older than 17 years of age, with a minimum weight of 49kg.