From throwing moose poop out of helicopters to throwing goats out of towers these are the 25 craziest celebrations from around the world.
Cascamorras - Baza, Spain
On September 6 locals completely cover themselves in grease to reenact the stealing of a statue that took place 500 years ago.
Up Helly Aa - Lerwick, Scotland
The highlight of this modern day Viking celebration is the burning of life size Viking longships.
La Tomatina - Buñol, Spain
Not really tied to any longstanding meaningful traditions, for the past several decades on the last Wednesday of every August this small Spanish town witnesses the largest tomato fight on Earth.
Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling Festival - Gloucester, England
Every year hundreds of men go rolling down this English hill chasing a piece of cheese. Injuries are common.
Running of the Bulls - Pamplona, Spain
Although you most likely already know what it is, any list of crazy celebrations requires being chased by bulls through narrow streets.
Songkran Water Festival - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Every April 13-15 Thailand has the biggest water fight in the world.
Boryeong Mud Festival - Boryeong, South Korea
Korea is well known for having crazy festivals and MudFest is no exception.
Batalla de la Rata Muerta - El Puig, Spain
As you may be able to tell from the name, during the fiesta of San Pedro Nolasco residents throw dead rats at each other.
Las Bolas de Fuego - Nejapa, El Salvador
To celebrate surviving a volcanic eruption, every year villagers in this small town get together and throw the equivalent of molitov cocktails at each other.
Bull Diving - Spain
It’s basically the same as bull running except this time your goal is to get the bull to dive into the water after you. Better swim fast!
Lantern Festival (Molten-Iron-Throwing) - Nuanquan, China
Every year in early fall locals hurl molten iron against a cool wall. Needless to say the effect is pretty awesome.
Holi - India
Every spring in India people celebrate something known as the festival of colors by throwing all sorts of dyes at each other. Unfortunately sometimes poisonous dyes get thrown in the mix and every year some people get hospitalized.
The Festival of St. Vincent (aka throwing a goat out a window) - Manganeses de la Polvorosa, Spain
Once a year villagers round up a goat and throw it from the top of a bell tower. The villagers below are holding out blankets to catch it. Historians are not exactly sure what started this tradition.
Entroido - Spain
Another ridiculous celebration coming out of Spain, the festival culminates with villagers throwing mudballs filled with live ants at one another.
Gotmar Mela - India
Every year villagers in this small region of central India play a huge game of capture the flag by throwing rocks at each other. As you may have guessed the injuries are extensive.
Suwa Onbashira - Japan
Once every six years in the forests of Japan, for the purposes of placing large logs around a sacred shrine, men will drag these logs out of the forest and down extremely steep hills towards the shrine, which as you can see is quite terrifying.
Takeuchi - Japan
Yet again found in Japan, the name of this festival literally translates to “bamboo battle” which is probably the best way to describe it.
San Juan de la Vega - Mexico
Every February villagers get together and slam the ground with explosive tipped sledge hammers. Injuries are guaranteed.
Manasa Devi Festival - India
Once a year in a small Indian village people get together, smear themselves with herbs, and let a bunch of cobras bite them.
Agni Keli - India
Similar to what we saw in El Salvador, apparently playing dodgeball with fire is a relatively popular international past time.
La Danza de las Tijeras - Peru
Every year in Peru locals will dance for hours on end while piercing their skin with anything and everything they can find that is sharp enough.
The Monkey Buffet Festival - Thailand
Every November villagers set out a feast for local monkeys. Apparently though it’s just a publicity stunt.
Argungu Fishing Festival - Nigeria
Every year in the town of Argungu, Nigeria all the local men compete to see who can pull the largest fish out of the river using nothing but their bare hands. Craziness ensues.
Moose Dropping Festival - Alaska
In celebration of the state’s official animal, the small Alaskan town of Talkeetna holds an annual festival in which the highlight involves dropping loads of moose poop onto targets from hot air balloons.
Baby Tossing - India
Once a year mothers in Sholapur, India throw their babies of off 50 foot ledges to be caught by villagers below in order to secure “good luck” for their children.