Though considered “eccentric” and contains many life-threatening elements, these festivals still attract thousands and even millions of visitors.
Festival of racing with gaur, Spain
San Fermin – the race with gaur festival is one of the most dangerous festivals in the world, taking place in the city of Pamplona, Spain. During the festival, gaurs with sharp horns were dropped on Pamplona street, chasing the crowd in the screaming of tens of thousands of spectators around.
Healthy gaurs will be free to run on the designated route longer than 1km to the final destination. During the race, there was absolutely no shelter for participants. Therefore, the risk of being killed is very high. The medical staff are always on the side of the road, ready to give first aid to injured people if any.
The festival was first held in 1591 and is maintained to this day. Although according to statistics every year, there are always people injured or killed, but the festival of San Fermin still receives enthusiastic support from tens of thousands of visitors.
The festival of jumping over the newborn babies, Spain
Spain’s “Gaur Land” is also home to many other strange festivals. In it, can not ignore the festival of El Colacho in Castrillo de Murcia. In June every year, locals host the “Kids Jumping Festival” (Baby Jumping Festival). This holiday began in 1621 and maintains to this day.
During the festival, people will let the newborn babies lie on the cotton mattress covered with petals. A man dressed as Colacho – disguised as a devil character. This person will jump over the children without causing injury. Then this person will run out of town. People believe that this action aims to ward off evil spirits and demons from the children, help babies to be healthy, dispel bad luck and unlucky things.
The festival of running after cheese, England
The cheese-rolling festival is held annually on the end of May in Cooper Hill on the outskirts of Brockworth, Gloucestershire. First appeared in 1880, the festival was previously canceled due to warnings about the risk of insecurity with attendees. However, not long after, it was reorganized.
When attending, the player will stand on the slope. Large pieces of fake cheese made from sponges placed in wooden crates and rolled down from above. The task of the player is to run from the hillside very fast to catch the cheese. Due to running from the top of the hill, trauma often happens. Therefore, the festival has a clear regulation about age of participants.
Onbashira festival, Japan
Onbashira festival, which has existed for over 1200 years, is considered one of the oldest festivals in Japan, held every 6 years. This is a festival that requires adventure, can even be life-threatening, but still attracts tens of thousands of attendees.
During the festival, people will go to the forest to cut down holly trees. This is a fairly common tree in Japan. After that, players will take this huge pile of trees to cross the hillsides, cold rivers to the temple area quite far away.
The way to the temple goes through many dangerous obstacles such as a vertical slope. However, players still do not flinch because they believe in the bless of gods. When returning to the temple, the trunk was erected on the ground and put into the pillar for the temple.