10 Bizarre Festivals You Won’t Believe Exist

The world is filled with strange and interesting things, and as we know, humans tend to honor the truly weird. A quick Google search and you’ll find a whole list of unusual events. For instance, have you ever had the urge to see how far you can throw a cow chip (a.k.a cow poop)? Well, at the Wisconsin State fair in Prairie du Sac you can find out, I mean, if you want to.

Check out our list below to learn more about these interesting holidays and bizarre festivals from around the globe.

Naki Sumo Baby Crying Festival, Japan

For most parents, when their baby cries it’s usually a sign that their child needs food, their diaper changed, or maybe they’re just tired, but during the Naki Sumo Baby Crying Festival, a crying child is a good thing. The festival takes place every year in April at the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, and the reason for this strange event is to fend off demons by having 330 pound men (sumo wrestlers) try to get babies to cry.

Apparently, it’s origin is based on an old proverb “Naku ko wa sodatsu” that means “Crying babies grow fat.” Now you’re probably asking yourself, how do I get my baby involved? Simply approach the stage during the festival and a sumo wrestler will take care of the rest – and not too worry, your child is in good hands, they’re just like giant teddy bears (with a scary mask).  At the end of the day, the festival is all in good fun.

El Colacho Baby Jumping Festival, Spain

Now maybe you’re not one for making a baby cry, but how about laying them down (on a mattress) to be jumped over? If this sounds strange to you, you’ve probably have never heard of the festival of El Colacho in Spain. It’s a festival that takes place annually in mid-June and it is said to be a symbol of “good over evil.”

The festival starts off with masked men representing the “devil” running through the streets as they intimidate civilians and whip them with a horsetail (OKAY, so maybe I’ll stick with attending the crying baby festival). But don’t worry, this event is all for show (no one actually gets hurt).  This pre-event leads up the festival’s main event where babies – YES babies – get jumped over by these “devils,” and it is said that by doing this, the babies will be free from disease and hardship. Again, no babies are harmed as they act like hurdlers.

The event dates back to the 1620s and has Catholic and pagan ties as it takes place during the religious feast of Corpus Christi. However, the origins of the festival are not concrete. Although, for what is said to be Catholic ritual, this event does cause quite a bit of controversy as it is disfavored by the Catholic church. However, according to the Spanish community, babies need saving, so the event goes on!

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