Top 10 Most Weird and Bizarre Festivals around the World

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In culturally varied countries, you undoubtedly find innumerable festivals being celebrated in different states and cities, among people belonging to different races, cultures and traditions. Festivals are a sense of joy and togetherness, which are celebrated in many different and distinct ways among different types and class of people. We for sure know about a lot of festivals celebrated in different countries, though we might not physically be present in that country to derive the pleasure and enjoyment of that particular festival. There are also some festivals which one would strange, weird and bizarre, which is basically what this article is about. In many [arts of the world, there are some types of unbelievable and unimaginable kinds of festivals celebrated among people who come together once  a year to make the world witness such bizarre happening. No matter how much the story behind such strange festivals might sound a[pealing or comfortable, the festivals itself are something really different and unique to watch as they are one of its kind, celebrated nowhere else and in no other way. There are a lot of such absurd festivals being celebrated across the globe which are not aware or even heard of, but they are celebrated by common people like us in some other [part of this planet. Here is a list of the top 10 most weird and bizarre festivals celebrated around a world, which if given an opportunity should definitely not be missed out on.

1. Kanamara Matsuri

Kanamara Matsuri

The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri is yet another strange and weird Japanese festival which takes place in Kawasaki. This festival focuses on penis shaped carvings, candies and decorations to celebrate a penis-venerating shrine which was once poplar among prostitutes, who were believed to go there and pray for their protection from sexually transmitted diseases. This festival is also believed to help in easy and better deliveries, marriage and harmony between couples.

2. Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is an annual festival held at Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill  in Cotswold region of England. This traditional event involves the rolling of a round Double Gloucester cheese and the people roll down the hill after this cheese. The first person to roll and race down to touch the line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese.

3. Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri

The Hadaka Matsuri is a Japanese festival which takes place in the summer or winter and traces its origin in Okayama. During this festival, Japanese men wear nothing but a loincloth called the fundoshi, or roam completely naked. A Shinto priest throws a couple of sticks at midnight and the men must grasp it, until there is a winner. It is also believed that if the winner puts the sticks into a wooden box with rice, he is bound to be happy the whole year.

4. Monkey Buffet Festival

The Monkey Buffet Festival is annually held in Thailand, where almost 2000 kilograms worth of food and fruits are spread out for monkeys to feast on. A popular belief goes that the natives in Lopburi think that these monkeys are descendants of a monkey warrior, and therefore are known to bring good luck and fortune to people. So for this one day, these large numbers of monkey are left out to roam freely among people and have a lavish meal.

5. Cat Food Festival

Cat food festival

The Cat Food Festival is held every year in Canete, south of Lima in the month of September. Various dishes of cat meat are cooked and prepared for consumption by people. These dishes include schnitzel, huacatay and greaves. People in this festival have a popular belief among them that cat meat is actually good for treating bronchi ailments due to its aphrodisiac properties.

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