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21 of the most weird and dangerous festivals around the world


Every year, from birthdays to new years, the world has one thing or the other to celebrate! 

In all parts of the world, hundreds of festivals are held each year. However, many of these festivals and celebrations do not have safety and human life as priority. Most of them have one thing in common - eating, drinking, wild partying and dancing. Many times, these ‘common things’ don’t just end there. Many people are often badly injured or even dead at the end.

Well, prepare for some shock as you go through the photos and watch video in our list of 21 most weird and dangerous festivals around the world.


1. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. 

Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with
revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio.

Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Each year, millions from all over the word usually attend the Rio carinval

Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Many people always suffer injuries and deaths during the festival


2. Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve,
the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the
15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.
The first day of the New Year falls between January 21 and February 20.

Chinese New Year is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths
nd traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.


Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese

populations, including Mainland ChinaHong Kong, MacauTaiwanSingapore, ThailandIndonesiaMalaysiaMauritius, and the Philippines. 
Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence
on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors.

Each year, dozens of people are killed and injured



3. Boryeong Mud Festival - South Korea

Of the numerous festivals in Korea, it is the Boryeong Mud Festival that probably
attracts the largest number of international visitors.



During the festival period, tourists flock to the area to experience the properties of the
Boryeong mud. Fully immersed in the mud, visitors engage in mud wrestling, mud sliding
and even swimming in the mud mega tub.

where the people dive dangerously and throw mud at each other.

People dive dangerously and throw mud at each other.


4. Burning Man - Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, andBurning Man is a week-long annual event that began in San Francisco's Baker Beach in 1986
nd migrated to the 
Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States

radical self-reliance. 

Up to 48,000 people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock desert to create art and express
their individuality. 


It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight
on Saturday evening.

The Burning Man festival is held Black Rock Desert, Nevada, United states

There was reported death during the festival last year

Burning Man AA


5. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival - Harbin, China


Harbin Ice and Snow Festivalis an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in HarbinHeilongjiang,China, and now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.
The festival originated in Harbin's traditional ice lantern show and garden party that takes
lace in winter, which began in 1963

At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become
an international festival and competition. The festival includes the world's biggest
ice sculptures

Officially, the festival starts on January 5 and lasts one month. However, exhibits often
open earlier and stay longer, weather permitting. In 2001, the Harbin Ice Festival was
merged with 
Heilongjiang's International Ski Festival and got its new formal name,
he Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

In 2001, the Harbin Ice Festival was merged with Heilongjiang's International Ski Festival
nd got its new formal name, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

6. White Nights Festival - St. Petersburg, Russia

The White Nights Festival in St. PetersburgRussia is an annual international arts festival 
during the season of the 
midnight sun

 The White Nights Festival consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music
events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors,
as well as famous international guest stars. 

The Scarlet Sailscelebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest
ublic event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about one
million people, most of whom are students from thousands of schools and colleges,
both local and international.

Organised by the Saint Petersburg City Administration, the festival begins in May with the
"Stars of the White Nights" at 
Mariinsky Theatre and ends in July. However, some
performances connected to the festival take place before and after the official dates.


7. Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) - Mexico

This is one of the most weird Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico,
in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world
n other cultures. 

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember
friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas,
honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and
beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.


8. Running of The Bulls - Pamplona, Spain

The Running of the Bulls began as a means to transport the animals from their homes to the bullring.

 It is a part of the famous San Fermin festival - a practice that involves running in front
of a small group of bulls (typically a dozen) that are let loose. 

The event begins at 8 a.m., when crowds begin hoarding around the narrow streets
f San Fermin
. Every year, hundreds of people are injured during the festival?

9. Holi - India

It is primarily observed in IndiaNepal, and other regions of the world with significant
populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times,
pread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic,
and colours


Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors. It is an ancient Hindu
religious festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where
people gather, sing and dance. 

The next morning is free for all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases
and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying
water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Groups carry drums
and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.

10. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival - Scotland

It takes place in Lerwick, Shetland, on the last Tuesday in January every year.
Up Helly Aa day involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a
torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley. There is a committee which a
person must be part of for 15 years before one can be a jarl, and only one person
is elected to this committee each year. The procession culminates in the torches
being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley.

This is followed by hours of performing acts and dancing in halls throughout Lerwick.
There is a main guizer who is dubbed the "Jarl".

There is a committee which a person must be part of for 15 years before one can be
 jarl, and only one person is elected to this committee each year. The procession
culminates in the torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley.


11. Carnival of Venice - Venice, Italy

The tradition of carnival dates back over 900 years. It was the one time during the year
when there were no bounds. Everybody was free to do things desired all year without
any guilt no thanks to the masks.

 During the carnival, Venice comes alive with masked Venetians and tourists. Bands,jugglers
and entertainers are everywhere and the canals are full of colorful boats. The nights are also
full of parties and masked balls


12. Pingxi Lantern Festival - Taiwan

This is an annual event hosted by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taiwan to celebrate the Lantern Festival. It was originally celebrated to
ward of evil and disease from the town. 

Weird! The Tainan Yanshui Fireworks Display ("beehive of fireworks") was originally
celebrated to ward off evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingxi Sky Lanterns
were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are
decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner. These two events are known
together as "Fireworks in the South, Sky Lanterns in the North."


13. La Tomatina - Spain

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in
the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make
their way from all corners of the world to fight in this 
'World's Biggest Food Fight' 
where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people
take the easier option of staying in nearby 
Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train.
n preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on
heir storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. 

14. Oktoberfest - Munich, Germany

It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with
ore than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. 

The event is all about beer, beer and only beer. 


15. New Year's Eve - Sydney Harbor, Australia

Sydney New Year’s Eve is an annual multi-tiered event held every New Year’s Eve
over Sydney Harbor, centering on the Harbor Bridge.

Its main features are the two pyrotechnic displays, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the
Midnight Fireworks. It is known as the best place in the world to see the
New Year fireworks display.


16. Songkran Water Festival - Thailand

The Thai New Year festival falls on some of the hottest days in Thailand, and people
celebrate by throwing water on each other, using water guns, buckets, hoses-
whatever they can get their hands on.

Sometimes chalk or menthol (the latter causes a cooling sensation) is mixed into the water
to create a paste which people smear on each other’s faces for good fortune. 

Elephants can also be seen walking around and splashing off water jets at people!

17. Saint Patrick's Day - Ireland

This is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after
Saint Patrick. Weird! The festival is observed to commemorate Saint Patrick and the
arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as to celebrate the heritage and culture of the
Irish in general. 

Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green
attire or shamrocks.

Many church goers attend church services where the Lenten restrictions on eating
and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. This has encouraged and propagated the
holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption. 

18. Gay Pride Parade - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Pride is a citywide gay-festival held annually at the center of Amsterdam
during the first weekend of August. 

The festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year and thus one of

the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands. 

The peak of the festival is during the canal parade, a parade of boats of large variety
on the first Saturday of August can be seen swarming the waters with activists and
people from around the world.


19. Full Moon Party - Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand 

The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rinon the island of Ko Pha NganThailand on the night of, before or after everyfull moon. It is mostly attended by tourists

Haad Rin is home to the Full Moon Party and also houses about 3-5000 rather mad people;
it is the island’s nightlife capital and has Koh Phangan’s biggest concentration of beach clubs that collectively put on the ultimate travellers get together. 

Within this transient crowd of party animals some highly talented DJ’s pass through,
banging out their wares to the raging lunar explorers that have landed on planet party.
ITS A PARTY GONE WILD! So if you're a party animal..this is your place to be.


20. Battle of the Oranges - Ivrea, Italy

The Battle of the Oranges is a festival which includes a tradition of throwing of
oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy. 

The festival's origins are somewhat unclear. A popular account has it that it
commemorates the city's defiance against the city's tyrant, who is either a member
of the 
Ranieri family or a conflation of the 12th-century Ranieri di Biandrateand the
13th-century Marquis 
William VII of Montferrat....

This tyrant attempted to rape a young commoner (often specified as a miller's daughter
on the eve of her wedding, supposedly exercising the droit du seigneur. His plan backfired
when the young woman instead decapitated the tyrant, after which the populace stormed
and burned the palace.
 Each year, a young girl is chosen to play the part of Violetta,
the defiant young woman.


21. Takeuchi Festival  

Also known as Takeuchi Matsuri. Rokugo, Misato, Japan.

Half street brawl and half war game, the Takeuchi Matsuri is also pure mayhem.
Every February 15th -- one day after a presumably peaceful Valentine's Day --
townsfolk divide themselves into team North and team South, and face off on an
open field. 

After downing many rounds of sake, the men of the small Japanese town don helmets
and grab 20-foot bamboo poles in preparation for a real battle.





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