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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  • 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
              • firemario
                firemarioTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm
                my Spanish teacher is from peru
                • sherlockcutepup
                  sherlockcutepupWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm
                • 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

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