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10 Strangest Holidays Around the World

10 Strangest Holidays Around the World

So throughout the year there is an abundance of mainstream holidays. But what you might not know is the endless supply of the weirdest and most unusual events. From Japans Bean Throwing Day to Austrias Krampus, welcome to Fuzzy Tvs 10 strangest Holidays from around the world.



10. Obama Day (Kenya)
Ever since 2008 on November 6, citizens of the poverty stricken Kenya have celebrated this national holiday. Although the nation is still divided on leaders, he’s actually seen as a hero of sorts and the day is to signify his victory in the polls when he was elected. This is done through parties and other forms of celebration.

9. Haxey Hood (England)
Back in the 14th century the wife of a landowner had her silk hood blow away in the wing whilst travelling between Westwoodside and Haxey. Apparently, several nearby workers at the local farm chased the hood which was then promptly returned. Grateful and amused by the kindness these men showed, she donated around 13 acres of land on the one condition that the event which just took place, would be re-enacted each year. So, on January 6th in Haxey each year, a rugby scrum pushes a leather tube, called a "hood," to a pub where it remains until the following year. It’s a little different sure but… there you have it.

8. Bean Throwing Day (Japan)
This celebration involves people throwing beans around shrines, temples and homes. Known in Japan as Setsubun, the holiday occurs on the first day of spring, usually falling on the 1st or second of February. They do this to help fend off and scare away eveil spirits that may be nearby.

7. Tinku Festival (Bolivia)
Ritualistic combat. That’s the main focus of this event held in northern Bolivia. During Early May men and woman begin the event with a strange style of dancing, which simulates a fight with fists flying in an aggressive style. Tinku means encounter, which is spot on as then the woman then create a circle around the men where they are encouraged with chanting as they fight one another. Surprisingly, the main goal is to party, so they try not to injure or cause pain. It’s a wonderful display as they are dressed in colourful outfit, with the woman wearing hats and the men in helmets.

6. Magpie Festival (Chinese)
Basically the variant to our Valentine ’s Day, this Chinese holiday is celebrated on the 7th day and 7th lunar month on the Chinese calendar. The Magpie Festival involves young girls praying for a just husband, where they demonstrate their domestic skills, such as melon carving and embroidery.



5. The Day the Music Died
In 1959 an aircraft crashed, and with it, came the deaths of here well-known musical artists. Big Booper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly were all mourned by the 50s generation, and is celebrated each year on the 3rd of February.

4. Krampus (Austria)
This is quite a well-known tradition by the western world. In Austria folklore, Krampus is Saint Nicholas’s sidekick. Where Santa reward everyone who’s been good that years with wonderful gifts, the hairy and mischievous creature visits those on the naughty list. He punishes those who have one wrong, and to the children whom have been particularly bad, they get taken away in a sac!!

3. THE FEAST OF ANASTENARIA
This celebration is held in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria! Apparently, back in the middle ages when the Church of Saint Cons tantine caught fire and burned, crying of the saint was heard from the idols inside. These symbols were saved from the hot blaze by people who attended the church. Ever since then, the feast of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena is has been held. It’s a full on eight day celebration on the 21st of May, with firewalking, stomping and dancing with live music. The music picks up in speed and so do the dancers. Those who dance on the hot coal protests that they don’t feel the burning of their feet as they have been touched by Saint Constantine. There is also night activities such as the sacrifice of the bull, where the hide is made into sandals and the meat is cooked, then given to all the families.

2. NYEPI DAY (Belinese)
Nyepi day is all about retrospection and reflection. During this event, all people are asked to stay quiet and remain inside their hotels. Security guards actually patrol the streets to ensure people are at home contemplating on what they want in life. No radios, tvs, food and talking. Well, tvs are allowed but as long as it’s quiet. Also known as the Silent Night, it’s the Balinese take on Bali’s Lunar New Year tradition. The event is then followed by cleaning rituals, such as exorcism or the removal of effigies.

1. LA TOMATINA (Spain)
A festival all about throwing tones of tomatoes at each other! Right… The annual even in Bunol has the locals through tomatoes at each other in a crazy food fight. Around 40,000 people take part in the event on the last Wednesday of August, attracting thousands of tourists each year. Surprisingly, 150,000 tomatoes are thrown, that’s around 45 tonnes…. Hope you brought your goggles. Hey guys it’s Matt, if you enjoyed the video make sure to check out my channel for more stuff like this. Before you leave like and subscribe to Fresh so he keeps up the great work! Also, leave a video suggestion for a chance to get it featured.

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