In culturally varied countries, one undoubtedly finds innumerable festivals being celebrated in different states and cities, among people belonging to different races, cultures and traditions. Festivals bring a sense of joy and togetherness, which are celebrated in many different and distinct ways among varied types and classes of people. One for sure knows about a lot of festivals celebrated in different countries. There are also some festivals which are strange, weird and bizarre, the festivals itself are something really different and unique to watch as they are one of its kind. There are a lot of such absurd festivals being celebrated across the globe which one is not aware of or has not ever heard of. Get in to attack with tomatoes, fall into the mud and get yourself like a blond pink lady, these are just some bizarre themes of festivals all across the world that Hotels.com lists down.
The Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
Among all the festivals in South Korea, it is the Boryeong Mud Festival that probably attracts the largest number of visitors worldwide. The mud, which is transported from the Boryeong mud flats, is considered to be rich in minerals which benefits one’s skin, and that’s how this festival came into origin. There’s mud wrestling, mud races, mud sliding, mud fireworks and just about everything else mud-related that organisers can summon up. Apart from the main attraction of the mud, Boryeong also features an exciting entertainment lineup. The event lasts for about two weeks and is most popular during its closing weekend, which usually falls on the second weekend in July.
Tomato throwing Tomatina Festival, Spain
Paint the town red by throwing tomatoes galore. There is no better or rather the bizarre way to let go off all the rage within you. La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Valencia in Spain. Over one hundred thousand metric tons of tomatoes are pelted, thrown, tossed, chucked, catapulted, fired and launched at thousands of people in just an hour’s time. The festival is also extended by some serious after party in Valencia which guarantees the ultimate fruity fun to go on the entire night. But make sure you book your ticket well in advance as La Tomatina offers only 20,000 entries every year.
Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand
Just imagine a feast, servings over two tons of grilled sausage, fresh fruit, ice cream and other treats. Does it sound mouthwatering to you? Well then don’t hurry as all the treats are for monkeys. Over 600 monkeys are invited to go crazy over food every year on November 25th in the small province of Lopburi, Thailand. This festival also hosts plenty of other activities like music and dance wherein people dress like monkeys with monkey costumes and monkey masks. The Festival was invented in 1989 by a local business man in order to boost tourism in the Lopburi province and since then people from around the globe come over to watch monkeys stuff themselves with thousand pounds of food.
Mwaka Kogwa, Tanzania, Africa
A four-day-long celebration, Mwaka Kogwa is best observed at Zanzibar, it is a celebration of the Shirazi New Year and some of the events include the burning of the hut and mock fights. These fights are between men who defend themselves with banana stems (in place of the sticks that were formerly used), and this fighting, in which everyone gets a chance, is said to let everyone air their grievances and so clear the air as the new year rolls in. As the men fight, the women stroll through the fields singing songs about life and love. They are dressed in their best clothes and taunt the men after the fight is over.
Go Blonde Festival, Latvia
The Go Blonde Festival is a yearly event held in Latvia. It involves blond women dressed in pink going on a parade in Riga in order to promote economic growth and cheer up people. The event is organised by the Latvian Association of Blondes. With each passing year, the festival is gaining more world attention and has grown into the biggest Blondes festival in the world.