Different cultures around the world are filled with diverse traditions and beliefs, some were big celebrations for happiness while others were traditions to help the souls of their love ones to cross the other worlds. Some traditions are celebrated loudly while some transpires peacefully, but no matter what kind of celebrations these people do it only makes each culture unique and vibrant. We rounded up some unique and bizarre traditions for you around the globe:
- Hogmanay Fire Festival in Stonehaven, Scotland
This festival is held during New Year’s eve and became famous for its large fireballs being wielded by at least 8,000 professional fireball dancers that visually creates a river of fire because the procession starts from Parliament Square to Calton Hill that are accompanied by a marching band with drummers and pipers. Sounds like a hot celebration fellah.
- Mud Festival in South Korea
As mad as it sounds, this gathering is celebrated mainly by Mud, Mud, and nothing but Mud. The coastal towns of Boryeong, South Korea hosts this annual Mud Festival with loud street music gatherings, ziplining and the festival highlights which are Mud Wrestling and Mud Fireworks display.
- Baby Jumping Festival in Castrillo de Murcia in Spain
As crazy as it sounds but this tradition is real and being exercised in Burgos, Spain. This tradition is known locally as El Colacho which takes place 60 DAYS after easter feast. Though no concrete origins explains the tradition but they believe that it dates back during 17th century, the festival is executed by men dressed in bright yellow costumes and grotesque masks symbolizing as evil entities which then jumps to babies that were piled in the streets, lay down on rows like hurdles. So once the evil spirits have jumped over the little sinners, they were considered as cleanse from all their shortcomings and sprayed over with petals by the relieved parents.
- Busó Festival in Mohács, Hungary
During February on the southern towns of Mohacs, Hungary transcends a creepy surreal pagan horror festival called Busójárás. This 16th century old tradition includes wearing of hand carved demon masks with smudged red lipsticks on, potato sack balaclavas and lots of fire all over the town. The festival rooted during the Ottoman occupation, one night when villagers fled to the woods to escape from Turkish troops, a man emerged from the trees dressed with devil’s mask and lead the villagers to fight the turks and successfully rule them away.
- Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico
Day of the dead of El Día de los Muertos in Mexico if similar to Halloween festival, here they honor their deceased loved ones by wearing colorful costumes with jewels, glitters, flowers crowns. This tradition dating back 3,000 years ago, wherein the tradition calls for lighting of candles and bringing bouquet of flowers to their love one’s graves. November 1 is celebrated for the lost souls of Innocent Infants and Children, while November 2 is for the deceased Adults.