Now that Tomatina was held recently in Spain and Octoberfest is coming up in Germany, I thought of all the crazy festivals, events and competitions held in the world, and how much fun it would be to visit them.
Europe is full of crazy events and bizarre festivals, and while Tomatina and Octoberfest are very well known, there are more than a handful of events you might never have heard of …
Orange Throwing Battle – Italy
La Tomatina in all it’s honor, seems like an awesome festival and I really would love to go there, but we all have to agree that having a tomato thrown in the head is a lot less painful than a bloody orange!
This less-known fruit throwing battle is held in the city of Ivrea in Italy, where hundreds of people get out on the streets to re-enact The Battle of The Oranges. The festival is held in March every year, maybe I will see you there next year. 😉
Festival Of The Pig – France
Every year on the second Sunday in August in Trie Sur Baise in France, they have a whole festival in honor of the pig.
If you love pork this is your heaven: here you can feast in everything porky, and if you want to totally lose yourself in the feast then join the “pork-sausage eating contest” or “best pig squeal competition”.
I’m not joking, the rules to the piggy squeal contest are that the noise must represent a moment in a pig’s life – from feeding to reproduction, to death. This festival sounds like a freak-show, and you’re more than welcome to pig out!
Heaps Of Strange Championships – Finland
If there is one place with the most strange championships it’s Finland.
The Wife-Carrying Championship and the Sauna Championship are both totally bizarre, and yet so Finnish!
As if two bizarre championships weren’t enough they also have an Air Guitar World Championship, where you compete in the best performance.
Bizarre? Yes, but it attracted 7,000 people this year, and can that many people be wrong?
Oh wait, there is more.
If you don’t care much for your cellphone, why not join the Cellphone Throwing Chamionship? Yes, they have one of those too in Finland, and you get rewards for style and choreography..!
Black Pudding Throwing Championship – England
This contest/festival celebrates the ancient rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire – the aim of the game is to knock down Yorkshire puddings of a 20ft ledge by throwing Black puddings at them.
This is not a new and wacky festival to get attention, but dates back to the 1850s.
Of course there are heaps of bands playing in the small town during the contest, which was actually held in Ramsbottom yesterday (the 11 of September).
Stone Skimming Championship – Scotland
Don’t make the natural beauty the only reason for your highland holidays in Scotland, although the small island where this strange festival is held is rather interesting just in itself.
The Stone Skimming World Championship is held on Easdale island, which is situated on the west coast of Scotland, and it’s the smallest inhabited island of the inner hebres, with no roads, no street lighting and no cars.
The festival is a huge thing for the island, and along with the champion ship they hold a festival with pre-skim party and live bands.
This year’s World Stone Skimming Championship will take place 25th of September and anyone is allowed to enter – so why not do something different than just staying at one of the holiday cottages in Scotland and going for hikes like everybody else – instead become a world champion!
Have you heard of any other weird, strange, funny events? If so, please share in the comments!
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