Can Festivals Get Any Crazier Than These?

By Meera Dolasia on November 29, 2011

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A buffet for monkeys, a tomato throwing extravaganza, a wife carrying contest! Welcome to some of the world's most unusual festivals - While some are steeped in tradition, others are held just because they are fun.

Baby Jumping (El Colacho) In Spain

Every July,  the people of Spain celebrate the Catholic Festival of Corpus Christi with parades, mystery plays and various other fun celebrations. However, the town of Castrillo de Murcia takes it to a whole new level by adding an event called El Colacho or Baby Jumping.

While the origins of the tradition which dates all the way back to 1620 are a little murky, the event is held to ward off evil spirits. The El Colacho, a man dressed in a bright yellow and red outfit, represents the devil who runs from the entrance of a church and jumps over mattresses upon which lie all the babies who have been born during the year. Besides having that magical ability of shooing off evil spirits, the El Colacho also has to be a very agile jumper! No wonder, it is sometimes dubbed as the world's most dangerous festival event.

Monkey Buffet Festival

Celebrated on the last Sunday in November, this festival is equivalent of Thanksgiving for the 2,000 monkeys that reside in Lopburi, Thailand. It is the one day of the year when they can dine on their favorite foods in peace and to their heart's content, without being shooed away.

Started twenty years ago, by a local businessman as a way to thank the monkeys who are the city's main tourist attraction, the buffet has evolved into a full-blown festival that attracts - yes you guessed it - even more tourists!

South Korea's Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival started as fun beach event in 1998. Today, it attracts over 1.5 million visitors who throng to Boryeong, South Korea, every July, for the nine-day event that promises 'well-being through mud'. If you like the idea of mud-slides, mud massages, mud football etc. etc, this is the one festival you will definitely not want to miss!

Roswell UFO Festival

While they may look like the real deal, these are just some of the participants of the UFO Festival that takes place every July in Roswell, New Mexico. The four-day event, includes many guest speakers and 'Space' entertainment. While enthusiasts do not have to attend the UFO programs, they do have to dress the part - And most are happy to oblige. After all, isn't that what it's all about?

Wife Carrying World Championships

What started as a joke in Sonkajarvi,Finland about 19 years ago, has become a festival that is held in many cities around the world and even, has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The crazy festival entails running around a 253-meter track that has been set up with multiple obstacles, all while carrying a spouse behind. While there is no maximum weight, the wife has to weigh at least 110lbs in order to qualify. The reward for all this work? - The equivalent of the wife's weight in beer!

If you still craving for more crazy festivals, check out England's Cheese Rolling Festival and Spain's  Tomato Festival - Both are equally fun and crazy. If you have been involved or know of any other fun festivals, be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.

Resources: Wikipedia.org

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  • max Astbury-KingTuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:21 am
    cool
    • coolgirl Monday, January 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm
      haha that is soooooo funny cuz of monkeys
      • hammer
        hammerTuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:52 am
        that is funny hehe
      • hamMonday, January 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm
        there not that funny
        • shannonMonday, January 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm
          wife caring is just wrong
          • baby murdererFriday, January 6, 2012 at 11:06 am
            lucky monkeys i should get the food
            • ...Friday, January 6, 2012 at 5:28 am
              That is soooowierd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • angel bullockThursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:19 am
                1. It is funny cazey why 2.why do the man put his lag on lis head.and people put mudon there dody. 3.they should make people jump like a donkey 4.why did the people make the story may be beause it was funny or silly or the were so happy.
                • matt d.Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:14 am
                  lets just hope he dosent drop his wife haha!
                  • matt dThursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:12 am
                    dang thats real crazy jumpin over babies and all that i can imagine bein that crazy oh wait i am but still thes festivals are nuts!
                    • Tracey Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:09 am
                      I found the most interesting about this article is how people celebrate these unusual events which may had started out as a joke for example the wife carrying festival. My thoughts about this story is that i would never in a million years eat monkeys , carry people , and dress up as aliens. After reading this article i think that i should visit one of these festivals or google the festival that the article recommended to look up. My other thoughts is that whoever made these festivals were,,,,,creative.

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