The most unusual festivals and festivals in the world
If you are tired of crowded events, seen and reviewed on social networks, this article is for you! Indeed, what better than to dive into the culture of a country by discovering one of its most unusual popular festivals? We will not talk here about the carnival of Venice or the New Year on Times Square in New York, the festivities we have chosen are much more intimate and really unexpected! Get ready to dive in the mud in South Korea, to make a gigantic water fight in Thailand and even to sail on the waves aboard a boat in beer cans in Australia! If these events may seem whimsical at first glance, we promise you an atmosphere of thunder! Here is our selection of the most unusual festivals and festivals in the world.
1 – Boryeong, the mud festival in South Korea
Every year at the end of July, Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Korea, turns into a real mud pool. The Mud Festival tends to promote this local gray substance that would have therapeutic virtues. For the occasion, we have fun wading in the slush! Several activities are on the program: mud pools, water slides, inflatable castles for children, as well as massages and a wrestling contest!
2 – Groundhog Day, the Canadian Groundhog Festival
On February 2, in France we are busier with crepes for Candlemas than with marmots! Yet that same day, a more than original event takes place in Canada: Groundhog Day. It is in Punxsutawney that we observe the most this tradition of waiting in front of the entrance of the burrow of a marmot. If it comes out and does not see its shadow, it is considered that winter is soon over; on the contrary, if she is frightened and decides to return to her burrow, the winter will last another six weeks! In Punxsutawney, this marmot has been renamed Phil, it’s a real local star.
3 – Songkran, a New Year well watered in Thailand
In Thailand, a new year rhymes with purification. To do this, everyone splashed happily with water for three days during Songkran. This tradition is rather pleasant because, in April, it can be very hot in Thailand. Originally, the Thais watered only the statues of Buddha and poured a little water on the hands of their elders, in respect. Today, it is a gigantic water fight that takes place in all the streets of big Thai cities to wish us a happy new year!
4 – Tomatina, the tomato as a projectile
Controversial tradition, the Tomatina is part of the Spanish heritage. Celebrated every year in Buñol, not far from Valencia, this gigantic battle of tomatoes was born in 1945, during an altercation between several young people who would have faced each other by using these juicy fruits as projectiles. Today, we come from all over the world to launch the tons of ripe tomatoes spilled on the main square of Buñol for the occasion. To take part in the party, know that you will have to pay an entrance fee.
5 – Harbin, an ice sculpture festival
Harbin, northeast of China, has taken advantage of the harshness of its winter climate to become the scene of an incredible festival of sculptures on ice and snow. Each year, this unique event is dedicated to a particular theme. Work weeks are necessary for the artists before their works are exposed to the eyes of all, but the result is worth the detour: by day, it is a real icy museum, by night, all the works light up to form a decoration fairy.
6 – Kanamara Matsuri, celebrate fertility in Kawazaki
Kanamara Matsuri could be translated as “Iron Penis Party”, this event takes place in Kawazaki, Japan, every first Sunday of April. During this Shinto celebration of fertility and harmony between spouses, an unusual procession with giant phallus trees is held. This event is also an opportunity to raise funds for research against AIDS and fight against homosexual discrimination.
7 – Darwin and his regatta of beer cans
In Darwin, Australia, nothing is lost, everything is transformed! Each year, in July, a rather unusual boat race is organized at Mindil Beach: the beer can regatta. The participants test their makeshift boats made from beer cans in the ocean rolls. A good way to have fun while recycling! Throughout the day, concerts are also organized on the beach
8 Kattenstoet, the parade of cats in Belgium
Take your diaries: in Ypres, every third year, on the second Sunday of May, there is Kattenstoet, the procession of cats. In the Middle Ages, the tradition was that these animals were thrown from the top of the tower of the belfry each year. Companions of witches, cats were, in fact, assimilated to evil. Today, of course, stuffed animals are thrown from the tower of the belfry, and for the occasion a great parade takes place in the streets of Ypres where floats and giant cats parade.
9 UFO festival, an extraterrestrial festival in Oregon
In 1950, a farmer from McMinnville took a series of photographs on which we could see a UFO. Today, McMinnville is known for its UFO festival, the largest in the United States after Roswell. Every year, in May, a big parade is organized during which everyone exhibits his best disguise of extraterrestrials. For three days, the city enters a parallel festive dimension!
Cooper’s Rolling Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake, the race for cheese
Every year since the 19th century, the hills of Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, England, host a rather unusual competition: the cheese race. A huge double Gloucester cheese weighing nearly 4 kg runs down the slopes at a crazy speed, the goal of the participants is to try to catch up to win the race. Their falls are often spectacular considering the slope of the hill: would you be ready for anything for a tasty cheese?