Halloween is almost here and it is indeed one of the most fun and crazy festivals around the world. Here are some more crazy festivals for you. We are not sure how much fun some of them they are though!
The Harbin Ice Festival In China
This month-long annual festival takes place in the city of Harbin in the province of Heilongjiang. It is also known as the largest ice sculpture festival in the world, with people from all over the globe showing off their ice sculpting throughout the city in this ice sculpture competition.
Up Helly Aa In Scotland
Taking place in the middle of winter that marks the end of the yule season, Up Helly Aa is a fire festival held in Shetland, Scotland every year. Participants in this festival join a procession which contains a thousand guizers or acting troupes dressed in various costumes.
Cascamorras Festival In Spain
This festival takes place every year for three days starting on September 6, in the towns of Guadix and Baza in the province of Granada. Participants of this event cover themselves and each other with grease as they reenact the fight between the two towns for the possession of a statue of the Virgen de la Piedad or “Our Lady of Mercy”.
Battle Of The Oranges In Italy
In the city of Ivrea in northern Italy, there takes place the Battle of The Oranges in which two groups of participants throw oranges at each other. The beginnings of this festival remain uncertain, but some say it all started with the city going up against a local royal tyrant who had attempted rape on a woman before her wedding. The woman had defied him and beheaded him and thus, the people had stormed his palace.
Saidai-Ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri In Japan
Also known as “The Naked Festival”, this is a religious celebration that is held every year on the third Saturday of February. Participants in this festival are men, who are wearing very minimal, and we mean very minimal, clothing.
The men fight for the pair of good luck charms that are thrown to them by the priest, in the hopes of having luck all year round.