Man is the most intelligent animal in the world, who started living in groups for security, formed society and civilizations with different cultures. Today with his highly developed brain, his inventions, technology and advanced life style he is going away slowly-slowly from from all old traditions and celebrations. But still there are so many places you will find very interesting and little unusual celebrations, as per todays thought process and scientific world. Some of these interesting and unusual celebrations are as follows:
The mud Olympics held in Germany is basically a charity which supports cancer patients and their relatives. It is held in Germany and the money which comes from the participants and the audience goes directly to the charity as it is fully sponsored. In this unusual celebrations, over 4,000 people and around forty teams from Germany and other countries compete in mud volleyball, mud football, and slimy sledging for medals as well as prizes, such as funniest team name, best mud mascot and best costume etc. The mud involved in the games make the players have fun and feel free from the tension of their win or lose.
The Busó Festival may seem to be unusual celebrations today, is celebrated in Mohács, Hungary is the celebration of spring in which, the men dressed in scary looks (also called ‘busos’) are believed to chase the winters away. It resembles with the Rio Carnival, the Carnival of Venice and many of the traditions of African tribes. It is also the celebrated by the people of Croatia living in Mohács.
The Busós walk in groups around the town wearing traditionally carved masks with folk music and dances going on along with them.
Baby Jumping Festival:
This interesting and unusual celebrations baby jumping festival involves men dressed in red and yellow costumes wearing masks who represent devils. They run around the streets hitting and abusing the people who come in their way. On their path, the babies who are born within the past 12 months are laid. When the men as devils jump over the babies, they are believed to absorb their sins and misfortunes. This ceremony is believed to protect the babies from diseases and other misfortunes.
Holi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of India and some other parts of Asia. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil with the arrival of spring and end of winter. Holi is celebrated as a festival of colours in the honour of Hindu GOD Lord Vishnu and his follower Prahlada. On this day, people apply colors on their friends, relatives and the day is also celebrated with water. Everyone in the whole country is filled with colors on this day, and everyone is seen happy and colorful throughout day. This day is also known as the ‘Festival of colors’ as the people playfully throw water and colors at each other. This festival is also popular for forget and forgiving others, to repair the broken relationships. It is celebrated in different ways and in different parts of the country. In some towns of northern part, ‘Lathmar’ holi is celebrated by hitting men with long wooden sticks or ‘lathis’ by women, in a sync with the story of Hindu GOD Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. These are little unusual celebrations today but leave a strong happiness among the people.
Spain have many interesting and unusual celebrations in the world. Since 1945, every year, on last Wednesday of August people of Bunol, a town in Spain, hold a tomato fight in which, the people hit each other in tomatoes just for fun. The festival is considered as the ‘Biggest food fight of the world’ where more than a thousand tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. The battle goes on for an hour and the authorities take the responsibility of cleaning the place in this interesting and unusual celebrations.
Near Death Festival:
This near-death festival (“The Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme”) of Spain is dedicated to the people who have had a near death experience in their life and have lived. These people have had an experience of almost death and tell the other people about their experiences. The festival is held in the small village of As Nieves in Galicia, and is held every year on July 29. On this festival day, the people with near death experiences are carried in a coffin by their relatives to a shrine devoted to Saint Marta de. The people pray to the Saint, and thank that their lives were saved and give a tribute to the Saint. The festival ends with lots of eating, dancing and fireworks.
The Thaipusam or piercing festival, is among very unusual celebrations today, is mostly celebrated in southern India and other Asian countries which is devoted to Lord Murgan, the God of war. This festival is celebrated by the Tamil and Malayalam communities on the full moon of ‘Thai’ Month. In Malaysia, the people show their devotion to the God by piercing their body parts in different ways in which, face and tongue piercings are very common. The devotees pierce their skin with pins and spikes. They also hang heavy pots from their chests and pull chariots from their backs with hooks attached to their bodies.
The monkey buffet festival of Thailand involves people giving food to the stray monkeys roaming around their residences. This is among the interesting and unusual celebrations since the day is not just about feeding the monkeys anything from home like we see in many countries. There is a grand celebration which starts with an opening ceremony. The dancers perform while wearing their monkey costumes and various other performances are held. When the monkeys arrive, the large buffet prepared for them is revealed and the monkeys feed on it like kids.
Konaki Sumo Festival:
On this festival, the sumo wrestlers bring their children to the competition of crying. There are two sumo wrestlers who hold the baby and the winner is considered the one who starts crying first. A priest is also present there who makes faces at the babies to make them cry. The one who cries first is the winner, but if, both the babies cry at the same time, the one who cries louder is considered the winner. It is believed the one child who cries the most receives the most blessings from the GOD.
Air Gitar Championship:
Every year since 1966, Air Guitar Championships are held in Oulu, Finland where the performer pretends to play a guitar. This is very interesting and little unsual celebrations. The music is usually of ‘rock’ or ‘heavy-metal’ genre and it also includes vocals or lip-syncing by the performer. The championships are held to promote and spread world peace. As per the ideology of the Air Guitar, it is believed that if all the people played air guitar, the wars would come to an end, climate change would stop and all bad things would disappear from the universe.
Again, these all interesting and unusual celebrations are what we read from all sources and we don’t claim to be perfectly true for these unusual celebrtions and customs discussed above.