All around the world, people celebrate fun and crazy festivals. Each culture has its own idea of what makes a party, and you might find that some of them are just as awesome as the holidays you enjoy where you’re from! Check out some of these wild festivals. Be sure to keep a pen handy—you’ll want to add a few of these to your bucket list.
1 La Tomatina
Buñol, a town in East Spain, holds this tomato-throwing festival once a year. For seventy years, this has been a favorite celebration of the locals, who apparently find dousing each other in tomato juice to be the most delightful of pastimes. As weird as it sounds, this festival is actually a really fun one to take part in! The rules of the festival are that you have to squish the tomato before throwing it, and that you have to stop when the fight is over. After the fact, fire trucks have to clean up the town.
The 13th of April is Thailand’s New Year’s celebration. The more serious aspects include traveling home to greet one’s elders and getting chalked by monks. The fun part, though, is the giant nation-wide water fight! People use super-soakers, buckets, and even elephants to thoroughly douse their friends and neighbors.
This is a Hindu festival celebrated in many Asian countries. There are several aspects to it, but the most fascinating is the tradition of crazy body piercings. You might want to sit this one out and just watch! Many men pierce their bodies in grotesque ways, including small wooden dowels through the cheek. The more painful the piercings, the stronger you are, and the more blessed. Yikes!
Port Lincoln, Australia celebrates tuna fish every year! Sounds weird? Sure, but what would we do without tuna sandwiches, I ask you? The celebration includes Tunarama Royalty, costume contests, and a competition that looks like shotput with a huge fish.
Although the most popular Carnival celebration is in Rio, communities all along the Caribbean coast and in the Caribbean islands celebrate this festival. Throughout the spring and summer months, parties, food, and parades fill streets full of revelers. Music is everywhere, and its jovial rhythm seems to take over the heartbeats of the merrymakers.
6 Argungu Fishing Festival
For a whole week, the community of Argungu in Nigeria celebrates fishing and peace. At one time, all types of fishing were allowed during the festival, but for safety reasons, only traditional means are permitted today. On the last day of the festivities, everyone jumps into the river to see who can catch the biggest fish bare-handed. The resulting catches are quite impressive!
7 Up Helly Aa
In Scotland, this festival is held to mark the end of the Yule season. On the big day, teams of Scots dressed as Vikings carry torches through the town, ending at a replica of a big Viking ship. When they arrive, they toss their torches onto the ship and watch it burn. If you have an inner pyro, you’ll love watching this festival!
8 Running of the Bulls
In Spain, Mexico, and even parts of France, you can enjoy running for your life in front of a herd of bulls. Sound fun? If that adrenaline rush is for you, then by all means book the next flight out. Surprisingly, there are far fewer deaths and injuries than you’d expect from this sport. In the last hundred years of the sport, only 15 people have died.
This Indian festival has become so popular that you can find events all around the world. This Hindu festival celebrates spring and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It’s also a ton of fun! Everyone gets packets or baskets of colored powder, which they throw all over everyone else. At the end, people are psychedelically colored all over, and smiles are everywhere!
10 The Redneck Games
On second thought, maybe this is one festival to skip. The Redneck Games, held in Georgia, include such illustrious sports as hitting flies with spitballs and dumpster diving. Channel your inner good old boy and you’ll have a good time.