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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  • 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
              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!!!!!!

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