Most countries around the world follow certain traditions that are deeply embedded in their culture. Although most of the traditions are wonderful but rather weird too in some ways, at least some of them certainly are, that’s what makes them rather unique. And that is why it is so interesting to find out more about them. Let’s find out more about these here.
La Tomatina, Spain
Let’s find out about the La Tomatina festival which is one of the most interesting festivals as it involves something like a tomato fight. There are many theories behind the same. It started with the 1945 parade, with a brawl in the main square using tomatoes as weapons from the local vegetable vendor. That tradition is still being continued in Buñol in Spain in the final week of August. The festival continues for a week and people have a whole lot of fun throwing tomatoes at each other.
Scrambled Eggs Festival in Bosnia
Well scrambled eggs can be used for a variety of reasons other than of course curbing your hunger pangs, they can also be used as part of a traditional festival in Bosnia. They celebrate the beginning of Spring with this unusual festival. The first day of the festival begins with making scrambled eggs, or Čimburijada as they are known.
They have a king-size breakfast with large eggs cooked in a large pan cooked in a city park close to the river. The rest of the day is spent enjoying the day as they spend time barbecuing and jumping into the river.
Cinnamon Throwing Festival at 25-year old’s in Denmark
In Denmark, if you reach the age of 25 and remain unmarried you may have to bear the shenanigans of your family and friends who may greet you with a cloud of cinnamon. This festival is for young adults who have just turned 25 and are still single. They are first splashed with water and then covered with cinnamon. It should not be considered as a form of punishment but one way of being silly and having a whole lot of fun. This tradition can be traced back many years back.
Thailand’s Monkey Buffet Festival
During Autumn in the last few days of November, there is another festival that can be termed as bordering on bizarre. The festival takes place at the temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot in Lopburi, Thailand.
There is a huge spread laid out but the buffet spread is not for humans but for macaques who have been regarded as Lopburi’s lucky mascot. They are thus invited to the part as special guests. The tradition involves humans dancing in monkey costumes and there are platters and platters of fruits and vegetables for the monkeys to feast on.
Cake-Shoving Tradition in Mexico
This is certainly regarded as one of the best traditions. It is a festival known as La Mordida’, or a birthday tradition in Mexico. In this festival, the girl or boy who has the birthday has their hands tied behind their back when they go on to take a bite off the cake. They have to stuff their faces with cake while the people surrounding them start shouting, Mordida! Mordida! Mordida! It is a Spanish sentence that means, take a bite. It may not be a pretty experience for the boy and the girl as the Mexican cakes are very creamy. But it sounds like a fun tradition to follow.
The Italian Battle of Oranges
Every year on the days leading to the festival of Mardis Gras, there is an unusual festival that takes place in Ivrea, Italy. The residents get divided into nine different squads and wear battle attire as they use sling oranges to kill the other teams.
The history doesn’t reveal much about the origin of the game, but lately, it is known for being one of the biggest food fight festivals, but yes it has not acquired as big a status as the La Tomatina festival. The tradition is symbolizing the pain that a loved one suffers because of a death of a near and dear one and keeps the spirit of the dead person away.
All these traditions seem really bizarre but most of them are laid on the foundation of some good reasons.