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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  • lelianaMonday, March 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm
    not cool but cool did any of you see the new barbie movie the pearl princess i did when i went to Ohio and it was so good i would tell you to watch it because i actually i watched all of the barbie movies i know it was out of the topic but i am just out of my mind*!
    • jedriel55
      jedriel55Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:59 am
      that is awsome
      • jedriel55
        jedriel55Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:55 am
        awsome i am going to go there min yeah dudu
        • dsnyder619
          dsnyder619Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:18 am
          This is awesome but bad. I LOVE IT!
          • fghjklloooiuytrMonday, March 18, 2013 at 6:13 am
            that is awsome
            • shock12
              shock12Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm
              wow, they want to fight?
              • tomatepodrido
                tomatepodridoTuesday, December 11, 2012 at 4:59 am
                what!!! so that means that when peru people have christmas,they say :merry chrismas!!! and they start to FIGHT?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!????????!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
                • speedster
                  speedsterWednesday, March 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm
                  i know. is that crazy
                • amandaSunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm
                  i went to peru for christmas, since my step-dad is from there, and i NEVER saw ANYONE fist-fight.
                  • zebralove
                    zebraloveFriday, August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am
                    That' very strange!
                    • borntoplay
                      borntoplayMonday, December 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm
                      I'm the same person as amanda, just now with a profile, and it's not like that at all.
                  • deannaTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:23 am
                    I learned that people in Peru fight when they don't get the present they were looking for and some people fight to let all their anger out!
                    • PatrickTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:22 am
                      That is an amazing way to work off those extra pounds from Christmas dinner. But even if I was in Peru my mom would never let me fight even with goverment officals supervising.

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