32 Strangest Festivals People Celebrate Around the Globe

31Burning Tar Barrel Festival

Each year on November 5th for reasons no one seems to remember anymore, the people of Devon, England, run through the streets with flaming barrels. It’s believed tar barrel burning may have once been used as a way of warding off evil as many fire-related British festivals take place around Halloween.


32Phuket vegetarian festival

The vegetarian festival in Phuket is considered by many to be the most extreme and bizarre of festivals in Thailand. Devotees not only give up meat for the holiday, a select few participants actually practice self-mutilation in the form of piercing their cheeks with swords, walking on hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades.

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