Merry Christmas! - Now let's fight!

By Meera Dolasia on December 30, 2007

While most people, sit back and relax after a big Christmas meal, residents of Peru like to work it off with a friendly fistfight. The traditional festival known as Takanakuy or 'fighter' starts with dancing and a religious procession.

After that instead of exchanging gifts, people exchange fistfights. These bare-knuckled, free kicking fights are supervised by local government officials and are meant to allow participants to let our all their pent (built) up anger in a safe environment. The best part is, there is no age or gender limitation - Kids, men and women of all ages can join in the fun.

So if Santa forgot to bring you that special toy on your list, go ahead - take a flight to Peru and go at it! 

Have fun watching the video of this quirky and fun festival!

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  • ghostie
    ghostieSunday, January 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    I don't understand why people would do that. It's just crazy.
    • Puppy love Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm
      Why would they do that 😯😯
      • sartor19
        sartor19Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:56 am
        I can believe people do that 😞😒😐
        • sartor19Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:51 am
          I can't believe some people do that 😞
          • Hi there Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:15 am
            I wish we had that in America
            • genius1326
              genius1326Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm
              So, you have to make sure you don't get beat up? On Christmas?!?!
              • MjTuesday, June 2, 2015 at 11:30 am
                Why would they do that.
                • syaraWednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:50 am
                  how are you going to say marry christmas then want to fight
                  • sherlockcutepup
                    sherlockcutepupWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm
                    people are making fun of my culture! I am very sad. :( :'( (sniff,sniff)
                    • kdances
                      kdancesWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm
                      omg thats terrible

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