Baby Jumping Festival:
A man dressed up as the devil jumps over babies lying on a mattress in the street during 'El Colacho', the 'baby jumping festival' in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos. Baby jumping (El Colacho) is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. During the act - known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil's jump) or simply El Colacho - men dressed as the Devil jump over babies born in the last twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street. All pics/AFP
Jonbeel Mela festival:
A traditional cockfight took place at the Jonbeel Mela festival in the Morigaon district of Assam, some 60km from Guwahati, in northeast India on January 19, 2018. Hundreds of Indian tribal communities like the Tiwa, Karbi, Khasi, and Jaintia gathered from their native encampments in the nearby hills to take part in the festival to exchange goods through an ancient barter system rather than money
Day of the dead festival:
People gather in front of an altar in honour of the victims of Mexico's September 19 earthquake, in the site of a collapsed building at Tlalpan neighborhood in Mexico City, last November. The celebration of the Day of the Dead is one of the oldest traditions of Mexico during which relatives place altars adorned with flowers, food and drinks to honour their dead
Floating lantern festival:
A visitor takes a photograph of a floating lantern depicting the "God of Money", during Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations at a park in Beijing. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals, with the Moon Festival being one of the most important traditional events for Chinese families to get together and watch the full moon, hold colourful lanterns and eat traditional "moon cakes"
Revellers covered in tomato pulp take part in the annual "Tomatina" festival in the eastern town of Bunol. The iconic fiesta -- which celebrates its 72nd anniversary and is billed at "the world's biggest food fight" -- has become a major draw for foreigners, in particular from Britain, Japan and the United States
Monkey buffet festival:
Monkeys eat fruit in front of an ancient temple during the annual "monkey buffet" in Lopburi province, some 150 kms north of Bangkok. More than 2,000 kilos of fruits and vegetables were offered to monkeys during the annual festival to help promote tourism in the area
Tourists play with mud in a mud pool during the 20th Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong. The annual festival which runs from July 21 to 30 aims to encourage the use of mud for cosmetic skin-care and to promote tourism in the region
Naked Man Festival:
Worshippers attend the annual Naked Man Festival or 'Hadaka Matsuri' at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, western Japan. With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival
The Battle of Oranges:
Orange throwers pick up oranges during the traditional 'battle of the oranges' as part of the carnival in Ivrea, near Turin, last February. During the event which marks the people's rebellion against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages, revelers parading on floats represent guards of the tyrant, while those on foot the townsfolk
Underwater music festival:
Surrounded by yellowtail snapper fish, Elizabeth Campbell of Crystal Beach, FL pretends to play french horn, July 11 at the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys.
Many festivals such as Christmas, Diwali, Holi and Eid are famous all around the world. But there are also some weird and bizarre festivals that you may not have heard of. Here is a list of 10 most unusual festivals from around the world. (Pics/ AFP)
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