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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  • 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
                      • 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

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