15 Must Attend Unconventional Festivals Around the World

If you haven’t noticed already, the world is one weird global village that is also the host to the most amazing cultures, traditions, rituals and celebrations around the world. In different parts of the world, people live and behave differently, they also organize different events that through are common to them but are downright berserk for other parts of the world.

These unconventional and berserk festivals attract worldwide tourism for their hosting destinations and are a great source of entertainment too. Want to know which are these berserk festivals around the world? Well, read on as we have compiled for you a list of 15 must attend unconventional festivals around the world.

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

73595, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sunday February 19, 2012. Images from Brazil's Carnival in Rio de Janeiro where huge crowds came out to watch and dance to glitter and feather wearing, bikini clad women atop lavish ornate floats. **NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY** Photograph: © VPA,

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest known carnival in the world and features around 2 million participants every day. The carnival dates back to the year 1823 and is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio.


Snow & Ice Festival — Harbin, China


Anyone who loves ice and ice art, this festival is only for you. The Harbin festival in China is the largest snow and ice festival in the world and features ice installations and gigantic ice sculptures made from the best artists from around the world.


Yi Peng Lantern Festival- Thailand


As the name suggests, Yi Peng Lantern Festival is a visual spectacle that features the world best lantern creators converging on one platform to celebrate the beauty of glowing lanterns.


Kanamara Matsuri Festival – Japan


Often referred to as the craziest festival of all times- The Kanamara Masturi Festival in Japan celebrates the male genitals and all things phallic. The festival actually has religious significance in the country of Japan and features penis-shaped lollipops, novelty penis glasses, giant penis statues, penis-themed souvenirs, phallic vegetable carving workshops and other engagements.


The Thaipuism Festival- India


Yes, our country India too hosts some weird festivals of its own. The Thaipuism Festival in southern India involves some of the most intense body piercings known to man.


Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea


Mud packs are believed to be wondrous for skin glow and a South Korean cosmetics company celebrates this aspect by organizing the Boryeong Mud Festival every year. The festival features mud slides, mud prison, mud pools, mud skiing, live music and fireworks too.


White Nights Festival – St. Petersburg, Russia


The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival that features a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and also includes performances by Popular Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors.

Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico


Dia de los muertos is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated to remember friends and family members who have died. The traditions on this day include honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.


Up Helly Aa Fire Festival – Scotland


This festival takes place every year in Lerwick, Shetland and involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley. This is followed by hours of performing acts and dancing in halls throughout Lerwick.


Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy


battle-of-the-orangesThe Battle of the Oranges includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy. Perhaps a more evolved version of the Tomatina Festival.


Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling Festival — Gloucester, England


Everyone loves Cheese, but the madness for it finds a different level altogether at the Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling Festival where hundreds of men run down a hill while chasing a wheel of cheese.


Wanderlust Yoga Festival — Oahu, Hawaii


Crazy about Yoga? Well now you can join other fitness enthusiasts from around the world here who come in to get a glimpse into the yogi lifestyle and center your soul while relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii.


Wife Carrying, Finland


You see the idea of the movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha did not just come out of nowhere. There is actually a Wife Carrying festival in Finland and the winners of the race get their wife’s weight equivalent in beer.


World Toe Wrestling Championships – Ashbourne, UK


Yes, Toe Wrestling is a legit sport and has a world championship of its own. Toe Wrestling involves two people sitting across from each other with their toes interlocked and ready for battle.


Night of the Radishes – Mexico 

night-of-the-radishes festivals around the world

This festival is a true work of art and features artists who come in from different parts of the world to art paintings, sculptures and express themselves through carving on radishes. The work is then open for the local people to see and admire.



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