WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe

9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe

In many ways, we center a large portion of our lives around festivals. They provide us days off from work, allow us time to be content with our families and loved ones, and a give us a chance to eat as much as we want without Aunt Carol saying something about our necks (it's thyroidal, Carol). However, some festivals are determined to push the needle to crazy. Here, for your consideration, are those offenders.

Monkey Buffet Festival – Thailand

Don't make the same mistake as this cameraman and get too close to the monkey buffet. Face ripping immediately followed this photo.

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by joinsMSN

Cheung Chau Bun Festival – Hong Kong

How high would you climb for a bun and some glory? Every year, these guys risk their lives and forsake their sanity for the chance to climb this abundance of buns.

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by Picture China

Goat Throwing – Zamora, Spain

PETA once went to Spain to protest this one, but fled when they were pelted with goats.

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by ThumbPress

Wife Carrying – Finland, Sweden, USA, Etc.

Bringing a whole new meaning to the adage "ball and chain."

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by Paddy's Little Helper

Holi – India

Holi Pigment, Batman! This one almost looks too surreal to be true. I haven't seen such a beautiful spectrum since my pet unicorn, Horny Pete, had diarrhea.

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by vgorode

Cheese Rolling – Cotswolds, England

When an event demands that you have ambulances on standby, something is wrong. Wrong, but damn fun! Seriously, check this one out, guys.

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by Planet Siol

Guinea Pig Festival – Peru

Awww, this festival is just cute! Until you scroll down to the second image.

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photos by Julias

Festival of the Steel Phallus – Japan

This festival centers around an ancient monument that Japanese prostitutes used to frequently implore to protect them from sexually transmitted diseases. 

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by pervik66

Baby Jumping – Castrillo de Murcia

Many people don't realize that Justin Bieber's "Baby" is a protest song against this very festival. I wish I could say this was Photoshopped. 

WTForeign Fridays: 9 Crazy Festivals from Around the Globe  Photo by Gawker

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Festival of the Steel Phallus is one of the most awkward festival ever.

I always thought the Feast of the Circumcision was kinda out there, like the Steel Phallus. It's been reported that the Holy Prepuce (yes... the foreskin of Jesus) was paraded around Calcata on this day, but it's been reported stolen for almost 30 years now. I wonder who's currently celebrating with it?

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