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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  • 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
        • firemario
          firemarioTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm
          my Spanish teacher is from peru
          • sherlockcutepup
            sherlockcutepupWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm
            really!?!?!?
          • sherlockcutepup
            sherlockcutepupTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm
            It takes 5 hours to get there. and I should know, I.WENT.THERE.
            • yascoleman
              yascolemanTuesday, December 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm
              I love fighting
              • TsukishimaMonday, December 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm
                Ah, fighting is the BEST stress reliever ever.
                • happypug12
                  happypug12Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm
                  Are you sure that it's a stress RELIEVER? Fighting doesn't really sound ideal for the job. Fighting probably just stresses you out more; although exercising and reading the Bible help relive you the most.
                  • firemario
                    firemarioTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm
                    does not even sound like anything people should do to get exercise. it is worst
                  • nikukyu
                    nikukyuMonday, December 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm
                    Umm okay if you say so
                  • girlcool
                    girlcoolMonday, December 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm
                    Who fights on Christmas that is just so wrong because CHRISTMAS IS SUPPOST TO BE PEACFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • kdances
                      kdancesWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm
                      i agree with you thats terrible whats wrong with these people?????? :o
                    • gabita
                      gabitaSunday, December 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm
                      I Know I don't wanna. I would scream and run away!!!!!!
                      • hollyisawsome
                        hollyisawsomeFriday, December 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm
                        wow

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