32 Strangest Festivals People Celebrate Around the Globe

11Lychee and Dog Meat Festival

China has a dog eating festival named Lychee and Dog Meat Festival where 10,000 - 15,000 dogs are eaten over a 10 day period. The festival has been criticized by animal welfare and animal rights supporters.

12Bats Day at the Fun Park

There is an annual festival for goths at Disneyland called Bats Day at the Fun Park. There are other scheduled events and gatherings on this day, including a large group picture in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, group pictures at the Haunted Mansion, and a photo scavenger hunt.

13Gilroy Garlic Festival

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in California is the largest and arguably the smelliest food festival in the world. You can sample diverse creations such as garlic flavored ice cream and garlic French fries. Attractions include three stages full of musical entertainment, a garlic cook-off, celebrity cooking demonstrations, a garlic braiding workshop, a children's area, arts and crafts, and many interactive displays.


Holi is an Indian festival in which people dance, play live music, throw colored powders at each other, have a bonfire, consume cannabis (which is often distributed by the government for the occasion).

15Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

There is an annual cheese-rolling festival named Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake near Gloucester, England, in which people chase an approximately 9lb wheel of cheese down a steep hill. The cheese can reach speeds of 70mph, and many people are injured every year.

16Busó Festival

Busó Festival dates back to the 18th century which involves men dressing up as horned devils, or “Busós”, attempting to chase away the winter. It’s a terrifying sight, but all for a good cause: summer. It is celebrated in the southern Hungarian town of Mohács.

17Night of the Radishes

December 23 is "Night of the Radishes" in Oaxaca, Mexico. During this festival artisans across the city carve oversized radishes to depict scenes (traditionally nativity scenes) for visiting crowds.

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18Turkey Trot festival

Turkey Trot festival is an annual festival celebrated in Yellville, Arkansas where live turkeys are dropped from planes.

19Songkran water festival

Thailand celebrates the annual Songkran water festival between April 13 and April 15. This festival features nonstop water fights.

20International Redhead Day

Redheads from more than 80 countries gather in the Dutch city of Breda for the International Redhead Day, which takes place every year in the first week of September.


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