There are some very bizarre events that occur around the world, these events or festivals are time to enjoy and entertain people around.
With this thought in mind, we have made this list of the most bizarre festivals around the world that have made us feel proud as a Odd Stuff Magazine user’s community. Do tell us which one of the following can be considered as the most bizarre festival in the world.
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The Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho)
First staged in 1620, this strange event celebrating Corpus Christi sees grown men dressed as the Devil leaping over a row of babies lying in the street.
This popular festival involves hundreds of contestants chasing a roll of cheese down the steep, muddy Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire.
Boryeong Mud Festival
First staged in 1998, the Boryeong Mud Festival now attracts more than a million visitors to the South Korean city. Said to be rich in minerals, the mud for the festival is trucked in to Daecheon Beach for tourists and locals to enjoy.
Camel Wrestling Championship
Now restricted to the Aegean region in Turkey, camel wrestling involves two camels butting each other until one gives in or is pinned down. Often the loser will run into the crowd of spectators causing panic as onlookers try not to get trampled.
Wife Carrying World Championships
Participants in the seventeenth world wife carrying championships aim to win a relay race while carrying their wives. The winner receives their wife’s weight in beer. Similar events have now sprung up around the world.
August 29 Buñol, Valencia – The industrial town of Brunol welcomes 20,000 visitors to throw tomatoes at one another in an oversized food fight. There are differing theories as to how it began, one suggesting that it stems from anti-Franco protests in 1945.
Hadaki Matsuri (Naked Festival)
February 4,Konomiya, Japan – Participants will usually dress in a Japanese fundoshi, or loincloth, and throw mud and water at one another to symbolise purification. Naked Festivals are held in a number of locations across Japan, usually in summer or winter. Though traditionally a spiritual event, many now join in just for fun.
Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes)
December 23,Oaxaca, Mexico
In the 16th century, after radishes were brought to the Americas, vegetable sellers used to make sculptures of radishes to advertise in the markets. Since 1897 the custom has been celebrated with an annual festival, with the best sculptors awarded cash prizes.
Ivrea Orange Festival
February 18,Ivrea, Italy
Every year in the town of Ivrea, residents re-enact an ancient battle in medieval costume, armed only with oranges. Nine teams of orange-throwers battle against one another, while participants are fed with free beans to keep energy levels up.
Pourcailhade (Festival of the Pig)
Second Sunday in August,Trie Sur Baïse, France
Participants at this festival in the French hamlet of Trie Sur Baise can enjoy sausage eating, piglet racing and a pig imitation contest.
Burning Man Festival
August 25 – September 3,Black Rock City, Nevada
Each summer close to 50,000 hedonists gather in the Nevada desert for eight days of mayhem, culminating in the burning of a giant wooden effigy.
Räbechilbi Turnip Festival
November 10,Richterswil, Switzerland
Over twenty tonnes of carved turnips and fifty thousand candles are displayed in this Swiss festival celebrating the humble turnip. The event includes parades of illuminated houses and plenty of music and entertainment.
The Testicle Festival
August 1-5,Clinton, Montana, USA
$15 general, $20 camping, $40 to park your RV
Over 21’s only
Around 6,500 people are expected to attend the 27th annual Testicle Festival at Rock Creek Lodge in Montana. It’s a strictly adults-only affair, as although the festivities revolve around the theme of eating bull’s testicles, or ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters’, visitors should expect oil wrestling, wet t-shirt competitions and lots of public nudity; ‘No Panty Wednesday’ sees punters offered a free drink in exchange for their underwear.
The Redneck Games
May 26,East Dublin, Georgia, USA
Born out of anger at media suggestions that the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta would be hosted by a ‘bunch of rednecks’, the Redneck Games features events such as ‘toilet seat throwing’, ‘bobbing for pig’s trotters’, the ‘mud pit belly flop’ and the mysterious ‘armpit serenade’. A Canadian version of the games began in 2006.
World Toe Wrestling Championships
August 25,Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Visitors free, £1.50 to enter (proceeds to charity)
Toe Wrestling involves two opponents sitting opposite each other and placing their feet on a ‘toedium’. Toes interlocked they wrestle with both feet until one contender’s foot is forced to touch the side of the frame. This year proceeds will go to the Make A Wish Foundation.
World Bog Snorkelling Championships
August 26,Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
Competitors, many in fancy dress, battle to be the fastest to snorkel through 60ft of bog. Well over a hundred people compete each year.
Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race
June 9,Brawby, North Yorkshire
Competitors coat their yorkshire pudding boats (yes, they are the real thing made of flour and water) with yacht varnish to make them waterproof long enough for the race across the waters of Bob Pond’s in the village of Brawby.
World Gurning Championships
September 15,Egremont, Cumbria
Come and pull the ugliest face you can muster – those without teeth have an unfair advantage. The event is the highlight of the annual Egremont Crab Fair.As if facial contortions were not enough, there’s also a Pipe Smoking Contest and Cumberland Wrestling.
Up Helly Aa – Viking and Fire Festival
January 31,St Ninians Island, Shetlands, Scotland
They know how to brighten up the deep mid winter in the Shetlands. Up Helly Aa is Europe’s biggest fire festival that marks the end of the Yule season. The local men dress up as vikings, light torches and rampage through the town of Lerwick.