Lopburi Monkey Buffet
Each year, Thailand celebrates on the last weekend in November the world’s biggest primate party. The jungle dwelling monkeys around the village of Lopburi are known to be gluttons, harassing visitors for their snacks and food. In 1989, the villagers decided that the best way to deal with them was to embrace them. Every year, they lay out a buffet of morsels for the monkeys at the Pa Prang Sam Yot temple that include peanuts, cucumbers and raw crabs topped off with some refreshing drinks of Coca-cola.
Tinku “Punch Your Neighbor” Festival
In pre-Hispanic times the Incas worshipped the earth Goddess Pachamama who demanded blood to ensure a good harvest. The people from the Bolivian village of Tinku took this quite literally and decided to provide her with as much as she needed. The rest is pretty self explanatory.
Antzar Eguna (Goose Day)
Antzar Eguna or “Goose Day” can be traced back nearly 350 years and involves a group of young Spaniards trying to decapitate a dead goose hanging from a rope in the middle of the town’s harbor. Why? That’s been the question on a lot of people’s minds over the last few centuries. So far, no satisfactory explanation has been provided. That hasn’t really stopped anyone.
On every June 24, people from Cuzco, Peru celebrate the reenactment of the Incan sun ceremony. Since 1944, hundreds of people have come from all over the world to witness the procession. The lucky man who is chosen to portray the emperor is carried on a golden throne to the ancient fortress of Sacsayhuamán to ask for the sun’s blessings in Classical Quecha; the original language of the Incas. For the Incas, the Sun God Inti was the creator of life so they celebrate his return every year after a long cold winter on the winter solstice.
Bonza Bottler Day
Created by Elaine Fremont in 1985, the Bonza Bottler Day is a holiday celebrated once a month when the number of the month coincides with the number of the day such as April 4, May 5, June 6, etc. The term “bonza” is a word used by Australians to denote that something is great, while “bottler” is their slang for “something excellent.” According to the holiday’s official website (which is a thing new holidays have apparently), the best way to celebrate is with a party. Easy enough. The mascot for this event is a dancing groundhog throwing confetti.