26 Weird Holidays And Bizarre Festivals From Around The World

Published April 11, 2018

From Japan's Kanamara Matsuri penis celebration to the gigantic La Tomatina food fight in Spain, experience some weird holidays and bizarre festivals from around the world.

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In most cases, holidays mean a day off and an excuse to celebrate, two things that human beings generally love. So it comes as no surprise that we all look forward to holidays immensely as we mark them in our calendars and make our holiday plans with friends and family.

But while we all love holidays, these festivals and celebrations look rather different depending on where you happen to be on planet Earth. In fact, every corner of the globe celebrates some truly weird holidays, festivals, and celebrations year in and year out.

Some of these holidays stem from cultural and religious traditions. Others were created for commercial purposes — when else are you going to buy ridiculously tacky greeting cards and heart-shaped candy if not on Valentine’s Day? Business is slow at that time of year but for one day, restaurants and shopping centers rejoice as people queue to let their loved ones know that they do love them after all.

If you’re feeling like your life could do with a little more celebration — and bizarre festivals at that — why not try exploring the world's various customs by experiencing some of the weird holidays that this planet has to offer?

Watch naked men struggle to get a hold of a sacred charm that will guarantee them good luck for the year at the Hadaka Matsuri Festival in Japan. Eat blini while you look upon dancing bears and organized fistfights at the Maslenitsa celebration in Russia. Or enjoy a day of silence during Nyepi in Bali where both work and pleasure are prohibited for one whole day.

From Japan's penis festivities to the baby-jumping revelry in Spain, experience some weird holidays and bizarre festivals from around the world in the gallery above.

After this look at weird holidays and bizarre festivals from around the world, see what it's like at the world's most fascinating nude festivals and events. Then, read up on China's controversial Yulin Festival, which includes the killing and eating of dogs.

Laura Martisiute
Laura Martisiute is a freelance writer based in Tramore, Ireland. In her spare time, she likes to explore secret beaches, pet cats, and read.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.