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The Thaipuism Festival
Not for the faint of heart, this Hindu festival is typically celebrated in southern India and involves some of the most intense body piercings known to man. According to practitioners, the more pain you can endure, the more you will be blessed. Some even try pulling tractors or other heavy objects with the hooks in their skin.
The Songkran Festival
Every April, to celebrate New Year, the world’s largest water gun fight takes place in the country of Thailand. And no, it’s not just some small isolated village. We’re talking about an entire country drowning itself with Super Soakers. But the fun isn’t limited to water guns as some people prefer buckets or even elephants.
Originally meant to promote Australia’s fledgling tuna industry, this festival has now come to be known for it’s highlight event…the tuna toss.
What started as something of a street fight between teenagers using tomatoes from nearby vegetable stalls has turned into the largest tomato fight in the world. It happens every year in the small Spanish town of Bunyol. Over the course of about 1 hour, the town gets so covered in tomatoes that the fire department has to come in and spray everything down.
Boryeong Mud Festival
Taking place every summer in the town of Boryeong, South Korea, this international mud fight attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Strangely enough, it was originally intended to be a marketing vehicle for local cosmetics producers who use the mineral rich mud in their products.