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Top 10 Weirdest Festivals from Around the World

Festivals have existest to celebrate cultures and traditions of the people. Some can border to questionable but there are also some that are outright weird! Here are 10 of the weirdest festivals we've seen from around the world.

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Baby Jumping Festival

Baby Jumping Festival

Baby jumping (El Colacho) is a traditional Spanish holiday dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in Castrillo de Murcia, Sasamón, province of Burgos.
During the act, men dressed as the Devil jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street. The "devils" hold whips and oversized castanets as they jump over the infant children. It is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensure them safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits.

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Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea.

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Kanamara Matsuri or "Festival of the Steel Phallus"

Kanamara Matsuri or "Festival of the Steel Phallus"

The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri is held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, Japan. The exact dates vary: the main festivities fall on the first Sunday in April.
The Kanayama Shrine was popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted infections.
Today, the festival has become something of a tourist attraction and is used to raise money for HIV research.

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Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Cheung Chau Bun Festival or Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival is a traditional Chinese festival on the island of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong.

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Underwater Music Festival

Underwater Music Festival

Bringing a whole new meaning to the concept of “air guitar,” divers and musicians flock to the Florida Keys every year for a subaquatic sound experience aptly called the “Underwater Music Festival.”

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Blackawton International Festival of Worm Charming

Blackawton International Festival of Worm Charming

Blackawton's Wormcharming heritage started back in 1983 when Dave Kelland and a mate of his had been imbibing ale in The Normandy Arms on a wet and miserable Sunday afternoon. On the way home, Dave needed to relieve himself and did so in a field and much to his surprise, worms started to come to surface. Having a fertile mind, Dave realised that there may some mileage in making his apparent ability to charm worms out of the ground a competitive event.

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Moose Dropping Festival

Moose Dropping Festival

When the snow melts on Denali (Mount McKinley) during the Alaskan summer, the citizens of nearby Talkeetna start gathering moose droppings in preparation for their annual July festival. Varnished moose droppings are turned into jewelry and other decorative and useful objects. Some droppings are also put aside for such festival events as the Moose Nugget Toss, where participants throw them at a target resembling a moose.

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Monkey Buffet Festival

Monkey Buffet Festival

The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in Lopburi, Thailand. In 2007, the festival included giving fruits and vegetables to the local monkey population of 2,000 in Lopburi Province north of Bangkok.

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Battle of the Oranges

Battle of the Oranges

The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy.

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Nine Emperor Gods Festival

Nine Emperor Gods Festival

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, nine-emperor-gods-festival-celebrated-with-primarily in Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia by the local Chinese communities.