40 Insane and Bizarre Festivals Around the World

11Hadaka Matsuri

The annual Hadaka Matsuri festival is celebrated in Kawasaki, Japan. Participants celebrate everything phallic and wear minimum amount of clothing; usually, just a Japanese loincloth or even completely naked. The festival culminates with a massive parade featuring multiple gargantuan dongs on shoulder shrines. Over 9,000 men participate in this festival every year in hopes of gaining luck for the entire year.


The city of Verin in Spain celebrates the annual carnival festival of Entroido. Masked men mocking ancient tax collectors hit the streets, hitting anyone that dares to stand in their way. People throw dirt at them. The town gathers in the center to throw flour and ants at each other. Also a man with a cow’s head lifts women's skirts, among other things.

13Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa is a Scottish festival where people dress up as Vikings and set fire to a longship.

14Eeyore's Birthday Party

There is a festival called Eeyore's Birthday Party which is celebrated in Austin, Texas. It is celebrated in honor of the character from Winnie the Pooh, who believes everyone's forgotten his birthday.

15Monkey Buffet Festival

The town of Lopburi in Thailand celebrates a festival called the Monkey Buffet festival. People set out a large assortment (buffet) of food for the local monkeys.

16Exploding hammer festival

The town Guanajuato in Mexico conducts a bizarre festival called the exploding hammer festival, where people strap primers and explosives to the end of sledgehammers and smash them into the ground, sometimes rupturing their eardrums and sending hammers flying through the air.

17Tinku festival

Tinku is a Bolivian festival which began as a form of ritualistic combat. During this festival, men and women from different communities will meet and begin the festivities by dancing. The women will then form circles and begin chanting while the men proceed to fight each other; rarely the women will join in the fighting as well.

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18Lychee 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.

19Bats 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.

20Gilroy 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.



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