If you’re fed up of attending the same old festivals each year and feel like trying something a little different, then fear not, as we’ve managed to track down some of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful celebrations and competitions. Whether it’s snorkelling through a muddy bog in Wales or jumping over babies in Spain, the following is a list of 10 of the most bizarre festivals on the planet. Who knows, maybe they’ll even inspire you enough to take part next year!
The Songkran Festival - Thailand
The Songkran Festival takes place across the whole of Thailand every April, in order to celebrate the New Year. As the above pictures may suggest, the festival is basically a giant water fight, with people using water pistols, buckets and even elephants in order to get each other as wet as possible.
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri - Japan
If you suffer from claustrophobia then the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri may be one festival to avoid. The ritual takes place in Tokyo on the third Saturday in February every year and sees a priest throw a pair of sacred sticks into a pit of up to 9,000 semi-naked men. The men must then scramble to grab the sticks and place them in a sacred bowl of rice, granting them a year of happiness.