There are awesome festivals around the world that give people who share the same passions and interests the chance to band together in an epic form of celebration. That’s why festivals usually have such great vibe and enthusiasm while the vivid atmosphere overwhelms even the most cold-blooded individuals. Going back to ancient Greece and Rome, many festivals had religious origins and entwined cultural/religious significance in traditional activities, but that’s not the case anymore as there are thousands of festivals around the world for every taste. Some of them are really weird and insane; some are quite dangerous and risky while others are ridiculously sexual but they are all fun to attend for some strange reason. In Spain, for example, there’s a festival where people who have had near-death experiences will “inform” you about the afterlife and tell you what they saw (or didn’t). In the Cayman Islands you will see more pirates than you’ve ever seen in movies or on TV, and in Jamaica you’ll be able to smoke as much weed as you want without worrying about getting arrested. If you don’t think these festivals are unique enough though, let us present to you these 25 Crazy Awesome Festivals Around The World For Every Taste.
Village Halloween Parade
Remember the excitement and anticipation of Halloween when you were a kid? As you got older, maybe the magic started to fade a bit or maybe it was replaced with your own child’s excitement. However, Halloween isn’t just for kids. Just ask the over two million people who attend New York City’s annual Village Halloween Parade in Times Square during which chaos usually erupts with music and giant puppets.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota usually during the first full week of August. It began in 1938 and was originally held for stunts and races, but has evolved into being a meeting for motorcycle enthusiasts from all around the world. It brings significant income to the citizens of Sturgis, a town of only 6,627 people and it is considered to be one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world.
Pirates Week Festival
Every November, the Cayman Islands play host to an onslaught of scallywags and rapscallions at the annual Pirates Week Festival. Though the festival is known as Pirates Week, celebrations actually last for eleven days. This fun-filled event comes complete with a simulated pirate invasion and plenty of fancy dress. Prepare to be transported to a world that has gained notoriety thanks to Disney’s popular film series Pirates of the Caribbean. There are plenty of Jack Sparrow look-alikes marauding the streets of George Town so you best be on the lookout or you might end up in Davy Jones’s locker.
A unique holiday season celebration, Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) is an alcohol-fueled race where alpine joggers compete dressed as child-kidnapping furry devils. The origins of the Krampus is not entirely clear but it is believed to date back to pre-Christian traditions.
There is no greater celebration of the Japanese joystick than Kawasaki’s Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Iron Phallus). Despite smirks and giggles from Westerners, this is no Fantasy Fest: it’s an ancient tradition that serves as a celebration of (and prayer for) fertility, long marriages, and healthy births. It’s also a way to promote awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, most importantly HIV.