It’s a mad world out there. We Brits have our fair share of weird and downright nutty traditions so it doesn’t come as much of a shock to know that people all over the world celebrate life through weird, whacky and sometimes darn right dangerous festivals. Here are the top ten most bizarre festivals from around the globe.
The Tunarama festival (Australia)
The Tunarama festival has been held in the coastal town of Port Lincoln since 1962 and was used to promote the newly emerging industry of Tuna fishing. Hel in January every year the festival sees the world famous Tuna tossing championships, a street parade, slippery pole contest, theBeach Babe and Boardies competition, camel and helicopter rides, and a fireworks display. Entrants in the Tuna Toss can win up to $7,000 if they can toss their fish the furthest.
Ivrea Orange festival (Italy)
Prepare to enter the biggest food fight in Italy! This festival celebrates the city’s defiance of a tyrannical ruler of the medieval era and sees thousands of participants go crazy with a load of oranges.
The core celebration is based on a locally famous Battle of the Oranges that involves thousands of townspeople, divided into nine combat teams, who throw oranges at each other (with considerable violence!) during the traditional carnival days: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Surprisingly there are strict rules and those who don’t want to participate can wear a red hat, immediately earning immunity.
The festival takes place in February every year and is well worth a visit if you want to get messy.
Noche de Rabanos (Mexico)
In Oaxaca, Mexico the Christmas season is celebrated on December 23rd during the Night of the Radishes. Radishes of all shapes and sizes are carved to create figurines and scenic displays. Artists from all over compete for prizes based on their radish-carving abilities. You’d be surprised at what one can do with a radish, whether turning the skin into a skirt or carving the entire thing into a blossoming flower.
The festival lasts all evening, with competitions, dinner, and shopping. A fireworks display ends the evening in style.
La Tomatina (Spain)
Chaos is the best way to describe this festival after all being nicknamed the tomato riot hints at the fruit filled carnage that ensues. It takes place every year in Bunol Spain on the last Wednesday of August. The festival is a weeklong and sees a variety of activites but its on the last day that the fun really begins. A massive food fight lasting an hour sees the festivals attendees go nuts and fling tomatoes at each other.
The result is of course a chaotic red filled mess with the town and people being covered in tomato juice!
Songkran festival (Thailand)
The Songkran festival is probably the most refreshing festival in the world. It’s held in April, Thailand’s hottest month and is essentially the world’s biggest water fight. Friends and total strangers spend the three day long festival splashing each other with water balloons, hoses and water guns. Originally the festival was more ceremonial seeing monk’s sprinkle water but today’s version is a lot more, wet, wild and fun. Depending on what part of Thailand you’re in the festivities can last up to ten days!
Konaki Sumo (Japan)
If you think Sumo wrestling is odd you haven’t seen anything yet. Konaki Sumo or the festival of the crying Sumo see more than 200 unsuspecting babies given to trainee Sumo wrestlers who then face off to see whose baby starts to cry first. It may sound cruel but in Japanese culture it is believed that if a baby cry’s a lot then they will grow up to be strong.