When we say big parties, we don’t mean a raucous house party in the biggest house on the block. We mean throwing anything from fruit to mud to balls of fire, getting chased by animals, sending lanterns into the sky, or even chasing a cheese down a hill. There’s some pretty crazy cool festivals to partake in around the world. And each of these on are list come as wholly unique
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6. On the Second Full Moon Day
Coinciding with the other well known floating basket festival in Tai cultures known as Loi Krathong, another festival takes place in the nearby regions known as Yi Peng. Yi Peng, meaning the second full moon day, consists of sky lanterns that get released into the air. Such an activity proves a danger to things like aircraft and as a results, lots of restrictions get placed on festivals like this. However, that doesn’t stop people from flocking to Chiang Mai, Thailand to celebrate. Like sending off the floating baskets during Loi Krathong (krat hong), during Yi Peng, you light your lantern as a token of good fortune for the coming year.
5. Battle of the Oranges
The largest food fight in Italy consists of hundreds of people throwing an even larger number of oranges at each other. People get into teams and it’s the responsibility of your team to take down as many people on the opposition as possible via citrus fruit. Though this festival does not reach the capacity or fame as La Tomatina, the tradition of the Battle of the Oranges stems from an interesting history. Although nobody knows exactly the origin, most people accept the story of a young woman who nearly got assaulted by a marquis, only to kill her aggressor. Once the village heard news of what the marquis tried to do, they stormed his palace. So every year at the Battle of the Oranges, a young woman gets chosen to be the one in the story. Teams get separated between commoners and royalty. For 3 days, they battle it out by hurling oranges at each other.
4. Catch the Cheese
That doesn’t sound like an especially difficult thing to do, but just imagine that cheese rolling rapidly down a steep hill and hordes of other people surround you trying to catch the cheese as well. Not so easy then, is it? The Cooper’s HIll Cheese-Rolling and Wake happens every year on Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester, England. The event brings in people from all over the world to participate and they all come to try and catch a 9 pound roll of Double Gloucester cheese as it’s set loose on the hill. You may scoff at that premise, but just know that that cheese wheel can reach speeds of up to 112 kilometers per hour or 7 miles per hour.
3. San Jeronimo vs The Devil
What do you get when San Jeronimo and the Devil get into a fight? You end up with a festival known as Las Bolas de Fuego, the reenactment of San Jeronimo fighting the devil. The legendary fight comes from the 1922 volcanic explosion that took place in the town of Nejapa, El Salvador. The eruption meant villagers had to evacuate the town and when they left, many claimed to have seen huge balls of fire flying out of the volcano. Although it documents a geological event, the villagers also saw it as an analogy of good fighting evil. For tradition, young men cover their faces in war paint, get split into 2 teams, and proceed to throw fireballs at each other. That surely sounds dangerous, but very little injuries get reported from the annual event.
2. The Festival That’s Good For Your Skin
One of the most popular international festivals in the world takes place on a mud flats in South Korea. At the summer town of Boryeong, the annual mud festival brings in millions of participants who try their hand at rolling around in mud for fun. The festival started back in 1998 and has been going strong since. The mud used come from the mud flats of Boryeong and then gets transported to a beach where the festival takes place. The mud supposedly benefits your skin, as it’s rich with minerals, so most people don’t mind it getting all over their bodies.
The Festival of Colors
Many cities around the world celebrate Holi, the Hindu spring festival, though nothing beats the big gathering in its home country of India. Lots of people that participate in Holi nowadays may not even be aware of its spiritual implications and get drawn in at the prospect of colorful powder being thrown around. The festival of colors known as Holi symbolizes good’s victory over evil, celebrating the arrival of spring. Everyone smears each other with colorful Holi powder and though it gets messy, you’re likely to never see as amazing and colorful of a mess than this one.