As per the belief, ‘The man is a social animal’ & for standing by this self proclaimed phrase, the man often indulges in myriad celebrations & festivals. However, in some parts of the world, this so called ‘social animal’ dares to indulge in some seriously insane celebrations revealing the ‘wild’ side of his otherwise tamed behavior. For the participants, such celebrations or the festivals often have some religious or historical significance while for others; it may be just the otherworldly experience. Her we present a list of top 5 most bizarre festivals celebrated around the globe. Just have a glance through it once & get surprised!
- Monkey Buffet Festival:
The Monkey Buffet festival is held in Thailand every year in the month of November. This monkey feast is organized in the province named ‘Lopbhuri’ wherein the ‘Pra Prang Sam Yot Temple’ provides the center stage for this grand party. The Macaque monkeys, which are present here in huge numbers, are venerated in Thailand as they are believed to bring good fortune. Every year, on 25th November, the outsized legions of monkeys devour more than 2000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables & other food articles which include cold drinks as well. Although, the festival does not have any spiritual or traditional significance, allegedly, it was started in order to promote the tourism in ‘Lopbhuri province’!
- Thaipusam Festival:
The festival of ‘Thaipusam’ is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly in India’s ‘Tamil Nadu’ state by local Tamil community. This festival is also celebrated in other parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand & Myanmar which have a significant congregation of ‘Tamileans’. The festival sees some of the deadliest body piercing ever experienced by human being. Piercing the skin, tongue & cheeks with ‘vel’ spears is the common practice among the devotees. Some of the devotees cross all the barriers of endurance & successfully pulls the heavy objects such as a car or even a tractor with the ropes tied to the iron hooks pierced through their skin! Higher endurance against the most severe pain is associated with the more prosperity to the practitioner’s family, which encourages the devotees to indulge in spine-chilling activities like these!
- El Salto del Colacho / Baby Jumping Festival:
‘El Salto del Colacho’ or simply ‘El Colacho’ is one of the most bizarre festival in the world. The festival is held in the Spanish village of ‘Castrillo de Murcia’ during the annual feast of ‘Corpus Christi’. During the festival, a man draped in red-yellow costumes, symbolizing the devil, jumps over all those babies born in the past twelve months which are kept on mattresses right in the center of a street. The ‘El Colacho’ festival boasts this practice as a ritual of protecting the babies from evil spirits & ensures them a bright fortune in their lives. The festival is being observed since 1621 & so far, no ugly incident has taken place ever, despite of being the festival so deadly dangerous in nature!
- Pamplona Bull Run:
Spain is simply unbeatable in the field of organizing the most bizarre & weird traditions & festivities! ‘Pamplona Bull Run’ is another Spanish festival gem which is actually a part of the ‘Fiesta San Fermin’ that takes place in every July. A herd of raging bulls is sent after men who run down the town streets only to get past the mark before getting knocked down by the hefty beast. Since its conception in 1910, the tradition has seen 15 people losing their lives & more than 300 folks getting seriously injured. Despite of being highly dangerous, myriad revelers participate in this surreal festival & successfully get past the mark before the agitated bull can maul them.
- Burning Tar Barrel Festival:
This truly weird & highly perilous festival is held in an English town named ‘Devon’ every year on the 5th of November (Guy Fawkes Night). The participants run through the town streets carrying barrels loaded with burning tar. The festival begins after the sunset & the participant pass on the hot barrel to the next volunteer once he finds it unbearable. The tradition was started in 17th century & total 17 lit barrels are used by the revelers throughout the task!