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10 most unusual festivals from around the world


More than a hundred different festivals are held annually around the world.

Some of them are quite traditional, while others festivals amaze with their unusualness and even absurdity.

Perhaps you did not even suspect the existence of such festivals!

Cuckold Festival (Festa del Cornuto)

Roca Canterano, Italy

Why cry when you can have fun? So argue the participants of the Cuckold Festival, which is held annually in the village of Roca Canterano, near Rome. Instead of sprinkling ash on your head, deceived by their halves, Italian men and women put cute horns on their heads and march march along the streets of the village. The carnival procession is accompanied by songs, dances and satirical performances on the theme of adultery.

In principle, treason is not a reason for fun, but as they say, "If the bride went to another, it is unknown who was lucky."

Mud Festival (Boreyong Mud Festival)

Boreyong, South Korea

Chistyuli are unlikely to want to attend this fun festival. Participants in the Mud Festival, which is held annually in South Korea, undress almost naked, and then smear themselves with sea mud and everyone who comes to hand. To smear mud is not only fun, but also beneficial, because sea mud is very beneficial for the skin. The Mud Festival is usually held in July and attracts thousands of foreigners. Festival guests become spectators and participants in various cultural programs.

Cheese Rolling Festival

Great Britain, Gloucestershire

Such a tasty and healthy product as cheese is not only eaten, but also rolled down the hill. What for? Ask the British. Every year, every last Monday of May, cheese and fun lovers gather at the top of Coopers Hill to cheerfully roll their cheese heads down. Each participant in this unusual event pushes a 4-pound head of cheese from the hill, and then runs after it to the foot of the hill. By the way, the cheese rolls off the hill at a speed of 112 km per hour, so catching it is not an easy task. Keep in mind that racing for cheese is a rather traumatic occupation; it is not for nothing that during the holiday ambulances are on duty at the hill.

Festival of Burning Barrels (Burning Tar Barrel Festival)

Devon, UK

If you prefer a fire show to a cheese race, then you can visit another festival in the UK, namely the Burning Barrel Festival. This festival takes place annually on November 5 in Devon, UK. No one knows how this holiday came about, there are only assumptions that the festival is somehow connected with ancient pagan rites. Participants of the festival coat the barrels with resin, set them on fire, and notice the burning barrels are placed on their shoulders and walk along the streets of the city, amusing and scaring the audience. If you want to actively participate in the festival and drag the barrels on yourself, it is better to stay at home. Participants in the fire show can only be the indigenous people of Devon, who know all the subtleties of the fire process. The untrained are allowed only as spectators.

Running with the bulls (Fiesta San Fermin)

Pamplona (Pamplona), Italy

This festival is held annually in the Italian city of Pamplona from July 7 to 14 in honor of St. Fermin (San Fermin). The highlight of the program is a joint run of bulls and people along the streets of the city. Probably, someone running through the streets in a crowd of angry bulls will seem like a fun pastime, but for those from a timid dozen it is better not to participate in such fun. During the festival, doctors at local hospitals do not sit without work - not a single celebration of St. Fermin's day can do without injuries.

Festival of the Savior from Death (Near Death Festival)

Las Nieves, Spain

Every year on July 29, in the small Spanish town of Las Neves, a strange and somewhat intimidating festival takes place. This festival is a celebration of those who are close to death and saved. Miraculously, the surviving heroes of the festival lie in a coffin, which is then transferred by beloved relatives to the church of St. Marta (Santa Marta De Ribarteme). Then a service is held in the church, and the coffins are taken to the local cemetery, where the lucky survivors offer gifts and donations to the statue of St. Martha. Although the name of the festival sounds intimidating, the holiday is exciting: the festival of those saved from death is accompanied by drinking alcohol, eating paella and dancing.

Egg Festival (Testicle Festival)

Montana (Montana), USA

If you think that the participants in this festival are competing in eating scrambled eggs, you are mistaken. In fact, this festival is dedicated to ... bull testicles! Guests of the Egg Festival, which takes place at the end of every summer in Montana, enjoy all kinds of dishes made from bovine eggs: fried, pickled, baked eggs and other exotic dishes from this exotic product.

El Colacho Festival or jumping over children

Castillo de Murcia, Spain

This unusual festival is held annually in June in the Spanish city of Castillo de Murcia. The festival is held as part of the Corpus Christi festival. The main action of the festival is jumping through young children. Residents of the city collect all the babies born in a year and lay them on pillows. Then Kolacho (Colacho) - a man symbolizing the running away devil, runs up, and begins to jump over the children! It is believed that in this way he cleans the children, taking away all fears and illnesses.

Penis Festival (Kanamara Matsuri)

Komaki, Japan

Every year on the first Monday of April in the Japanese city of Komaki, a holiday is called Kanamara Matsuri, in other words, a feast of fertility. In Japanese culture, the penis symbolizes fertility, so it is the highlight of the program of this holiday.

People gathered at the Kanamatra Matsuri festival carry a huge penis made of cypress through the streets of the city. Every year, masters make a new penis using ancient tools for this purpose. In addition to the "main" giant penis 2.5 meters high, the holiday is accompanied by hundreds of other figures and figurines depicting the phallus.

Balloon Festival (Bolas de Fuego)

Nejapa, Salvador

This fire festival takes place annually on August 21 in the city of Nejapa, in El Salvador. During the festival, people dance, watch and show performances, but the most important thing comes in the evening, when festival participants are divided into teams and begin to rush into each other with burning balls. Balls of fire are simple lumps of matter saturated with a combustible mixture. This tradition is rooted in 1685, when a volcanic eruption occurred, which nearly destroyed the city. The city was saved, and its inhabitants had a reason for the holiday. They say that so far no one has suffered from this risky fun.

1. Songkran Festival

Every year on April 13, Thailand celebrates New Year, organizing a war using water cannons. And this is not happening in one particular area, it is happening throughout the country. But the fun is not limited to water cannons. Some people prefer buckets or even elephants.

2. La Tomatina

Once, it all started with a simple street fight between teenagers who threw tomatoes from neighboring vegetable stalls. Now this is an annual holiday, which is held in the last week of August in the small Spanish city of Bunyol. Thousands of participants come from different countries to take part in the "tomato battle".

3. Fiesta de Santa Marta Ribarteme Festival ("nearly dead")

This festival is held annually on July 29 in the city of Las Neves, Spain. Hundreds of people attend Mass in honor of St. Marta de Ribarte, the patron saint of the risen. Do not be surprised if you see people lying in tombs. No, they are not dead. They are in the grave, because over the past 12 months they have survived death, and thus they express their gratitude.

4. Bull race

Probably one of the most popular events on this list, the Pamplona Bull Race in Spain is actually part of the San Fermin festival, which takes place every July. The only requirements for participation: you must be at least 18 years old and you must be sober.

Kill with tomatoes

Exactly at eleven in the morning the inhabitants of the Spanish city of Bunyola hear a volley of firecrackers. She notifies everyone that from minute to minute trucks will drive into the main square to the top filled with ripe tomatoes. With genuine glee, the locals chase the tomato to throw it at a neighbor.

So begins the world-famous Tomatina, or, in other words, the tomato battle. A specific festival lasts two hours and during this period of time a small town turns into a real tomato mess.

The owners of bars and restaurants close their premises, blindly locking windows and doors to avoid damage to property. Guests of the city and those who do not want to take part in the “battles” put on old clothes, since no one will be able to get smeared on this day. The very goal of the game is to deftly maneuver between the tomato "shells" and try to hit as many opponents as possible.

The first such madness happened back in 1945. Then the city residents rested peacefully on one of the last summer days. The company of merry fellow turned the truck with an unfamiliar driver. He instantly got angry and a fight ensued. Vegetables located in trading stalls were used and the first to receive tomatoes were distribution.

A year passed and the comrades decided to repeat their adventure for the sake of a joke, but this time the tomatoes were stocked up on their own. Residents of the city liked this entertainment so much that it attracted more and more people. The authorities tried to prevent such a riot, but by 1950 the police surrendered under the onslaught of those wishing to arrange tomato fights. The festival is held every year and it falls at the end of August. A tumultuous tomato battle ends with an equally grandiose swim in a pool filled with tomato juice.

Become a pig

Imagine that you came to France and observe the following picture: a man dressed in a pig comes out onto a stage decorated in a peasant style, and, laying on the floor, unfastens the buttons on his stomach, pulling out a toy pig. The action is accompanied by a wild squeal that imitates the attempts of the animal during childbirth. And the funny thing is that this picture is professionally evaluated by the invited jury. You may not be surprised, you just got to the epicenter of the La Pourcailhade festival.

All who participate in the competition must demonstrate the best do Cochon "screaming pigs", compete in the nomination for the best pig costume and have a smart pig during the pig race.

After the festival, the French celebrate the holiday, drink, socialize and just enjoy life in cute pink costumes. The festival was first held in 1975, but was suspended. On August 12, 2018, anyone could visit the unusual festival again. Pig Paradise is located in the municipality of Tri sur Baize in France.

Rise from the dead

Under the walls of the Catholic Church of San Jose, the Spaniards gather in black robes. The procession is repeated every year in July and everyone comes to the temple at 10 in the morning. Universe grief can be seen on the faces of those gathered, and white handkerchiefs are in the hands of the sufferers.

Suddenly, coffins from around the corner begin to take out. But in them not dead people rest, but completely alive people lie! The general sad mood instantly disappears, glee, noise and laughter flashes, scarfs are thrown into the air.

Interestingly, in the coffins are not just cranks, but people who were in the balance of death, but survived. In this way, the Spaniards thank fate for the second chance given to them. Ahead of the mournful procession is seen the figure of St. Martha.

Around noon, the “dead” are brought into the church and the fun itself begins. "Living Dead" tell about their amazing stories, have fun, drink and thereby demonstrating that death came to them at the wrong time :)

Clutch feet

In English Derbyshire, one of the strangest and most original festivals was born, the fault of which was good old-fashioned alcohol. One gray English day, the guests of the local Derbyshire bar drank plenty and ate, but did not want to end the banquet. Then, out of boredom, they decided to try their hand at wrestling, but they only decided to change their hands to their feet.

The contestants liked the new game so much that it quickly took root in the town. Residents even tried to include it in the list of the Olympic Games, but for obvious reasons they were refused.

The World Toe Wrestling Championship, this name has an official foot-wrestling tournament, is regularly held in the town of Ashburn and annually attracts residents throughout the UK.

The rules of the game are extremely simple, most importantly, in a special way, grab the fingers of the opponent’s fingers and try to push his foot with pressure. The fight lasts for three rounds and the winner is the one who won in two stages.

Shove through the baby

The Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia has become known throughout the world because of its extraordinary inhabitants. Only about 500 of them live in the city, and they chose an extremely strange way to baptize infants.

The kids are dressed in a special festive decoration and laid out in rows on mattresses in the middle of the street. Then a crowd of men dressed in devils is sent to them, whose task is to jump through the babies back and forth. Thus, according to residents, babies are cleansed of original sin.

Jumping through children, or, as the festival is called, El Salto del Colacho, has been going on since 1620. As if the local authorities and the official church did not struggle with the rite, local residents stand their ground and do not want to abandon centuries-old traditions.

Take advantage of someone else's wife

Sonkajärvi is a small town in Finland that hosts one strange festival every year. In the city you can see many couples dressed in elegant costumes. At the first stage, it is necessary to pass an obstacle course on the shoulders or in the arms with the wife. What does the most interesting, it doesn’t matter, with one’s or another’s))

The chosen one must necessarily weigh at least 49 kg. If a girl weighs less, then the judges attach an additional burden. The partner’s weight is also important because the winner is awarded a prize in the form of beer, and they will give it exactly as much as the partner’s weight. According to legend, the rite of wearing wives appeared in the 19th century. The Finns call the Eukonkanto festival and have held it every summer since 1992.

Soak in wine

In the early morning, a convoy of people in the Spanish city of Aro, dressed in white robes, moves towards the rocks for a public prayer. In the hands of each participant in the procession are vessels filled to the brim with wine.

The procession is led by the mayor of the city. The Mass is held in honor of St. San Pedro. After the prayer, the real fun begins: those around pour out liters of red wine on each other, sprinkling white robes with a scarlet drink.

When the wine battle comes to an end, all its participants have fun, communicate and now they drink normally, and do not pour wine on each other. Next, the holiday is transferred to the city center, after which everyone is sent to a spectacular bullfight.

According to one legend, Batalla de Vino arose because the inhabitants of Aro once could not share the mountain with their neighbors from the town of Miranda de Ebro. The wine battle takes place every year on June 29 on the day, in fact, when they venerate Saint San Pedro.

Breaking legs for cheese

From an early morning, the British gather atop Cooper Hill. One of them can be seen in the hands of a massive head of cheese.After a moment, the judge will hear a signal and a fierce battle will begin for this head of cheese. Competitors head over heels rolling down the mountain, breaking their legs and arms. This action is nothing more than a fierce Coopershild cheese race, which has been going on for 200 years.

The essence of the game is, bypassing the barrier from competitors, overcoming pain, to reach the finish line first, where the lucky free head of Gloucester cheese will wait for the lucky one. An ambulance team is on duty near the field to provide first aid to all victims. However, injuries do not bother the British at all. The festival is called Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and it takes place on the last Monday of May near the city of Gloucester.

There are a lot of extraordinary festivals, and if you look at the history of each of them, it becomes clear that they reflect the beliefs, rituals and culture of an individual people. From the outside it may seem that the tomato "war" and the pouring of red wine is a manifestation of hooliganism and madness, but for local residents it is a tribute to the past.

Invite your dead grandmother to tea in Mexico

Have you seen the mystery of Coco cartoon? The action takes place there during the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This is a traditional holiday held in Mexico and several countries of Central America. According to local residents, every year on November 1 and 2, the souls of the dead come to our world to visit relatives. These days, a carnival is held in which girls and boys paint themselves like skeletons, and the Calaveras procession turns into a parade of the living dead.

Take part in food battles in Spain and Italy

For some reason, the inhabitants of Spain are very fond of throwing food. Every year, in the last week of August, the Spaniards (and tourists) come to Bunyol to throw tomatoes at each other at the Tomatina. The festival lasts a week and includes not only the tomato invasion, but also a fair, a parade, dances and fireworks. And after the festival, fire trucks are washing off the red mess from the city streets.

If you suddenly dreamed of throwing an egg at someone, then you are dear to the town of Ibi in the province of Alicante. On December 28, at five o'clock in the evening on the main square the egg and flour battle begins here. The battle involves married men dressed in the likeness of a military uniform. They throw eggs and flour, firecrackers and arrange a "revolution" in the city.

In Italy, they keep up with their neighbors, and in the city of Ivrea every year in late February - early March, they organize the “Battle of the Oranges”, or the “Battle of the Oranges”.

Look at the “Rocket War” between Greek Orthodox churches

Usually people prepare Easter cakes for Easter, and on the island of Chios in Greece they make rockets! Parishioners of two Orthodox churches, St. Mark and the Virgin Mary of Eretian, manually make rockets and fireworks in order to start mutual shelling at eight o’clock in honor of the bright holiday. The tradition was born during the Ottoman occupation, but earlier instead of rockets there were small guns.

Surprise jumping over babies in Spain

In Spain, they like not only to translate products, but also to jump over children. The event takes place on May 25, in honor of the feast of the Body of the Lord, in the city of Castillo de Murcia. Babies are laid on blankets in the main square of the city in a row, and men jump through them. Locals claim that this ancient ritual protects children from all diseases. The festival seems to be safe: over the 400 years of the event, not a single incident or injury has been recorded. But all the same, somehow at a loss.

Take a picture of the coven of mermaids and aquatic animals in the USA

Would you like to become Ariel? Or do you think that mermaids are only in fairy tales? Then you at Merfest in North Carolina. Every year people of all ages gather here dressed up in costumes of mermaids and mermaids. With tails that look like real ones. They arrange a beautiful over and underwater show and are very fond of taking pictures with the guests of the festival.

6. Festival "Summer Redneck Games"

In 1996, when the Olympics were held in Atlanta, some locals staged their own holiday. In the tradition of the festival, to dive into the mud like pigs, to launch toilet seats for good luck, because they look like a horseshoe, spit watermelon bones and sing serenades under armpits.

Parade of the Dead

Many of us are afraid of death, so meeting a deceased person on the street would be quite shocking and creepy. In Mexico, local people are especially dead, so many are expected to appear. Two days a year are allotted in order to see close and dear people who have departed to another world.

The holiday begins on October 31 in the early evening. The first day (until the evening of November 1) is reserved for deceased children. The next day, local residents are ready to meet the "older" dead. The celebration is more like the world famous Halloween. In Mexico, residents often dress up as monsters, wear skeleton costumes, etc.

At home, it is customary to cook themed dishes, among which the main one is Bread of the Dead. A unique souvenir is baked in it: a bone, a cross or a small skull. Everyone is trying to find this souvenir, because it promises great luck, great happiness.

Especially prepared and food for the dead. The deceased relatives and friends bring their favorite dishes to the grave. Sugar skulls are also made in which the name of the dead is written on the forehead itself.

The tradition of celebration appeared in the country before the arrival of the Spaniards. The colonial system and the emergence of Christianity even slightly softened the traditions existing before this. Sacrifices were excluded, the date changed so that the festival really coincided with All Saints Day.

Traditional spicy and spicy Mexican cuisine for several days becomes very sweet. Locals in large quantities eat all cooked sweets. This is especially true for children.

At the end of this unusual festival, a torchlight procession is organized. Residents of the whole country go to the cemetery with gifts for deceased loved ones. All this goes under the musical accompaniment, songs. People do not grieve at the cemetery, but rather rejoice, drink, sprinkle ash on their heads and tear their clothes on themselves - they show different emotions, so that upon returning home at dawn they would know that the relatives of the deceased are somewhere nearby.

Dependencies in a hammock over an abyss in Italy

If all the listed festivals seemed boring to you, and you want more thrills than from avoiding an orange flying to your head, then in the Italian Alps you can visit the Highline Meeting festival. Highline is a rest on top. Participants lie in hammocks hundreds of meters above the ground, do yoga and play unusual musical instruments. Particularly fearless even walk over the abyss along the slings.

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7. Festival "Fireballs"

This fire festival is held in Salvador on the last day of summer every year. In 1917, a volcanic eruption occurred that nearly wiped out the small town of Nehap from the face of the earth. The city and residents have survived and have since held this festival as a reminder. During the festival, people are divided into 2 fronts and begin to fire at each other with rags of fire.

Tomatin Festival

Many tourists try to visit the small Spanish town of Bunyol, where a tomato battle takes place annually on the last Wednesday of August. One legend says that the festival was founded back in 1945. When there was a festival of the patron saint of the city, which was St. Louis Bertrand, and Our Lady of the Defender, a skirmish arose between the locals, ending with the throwing of tomatoes. Another legend says that in this way the inhabitants tried to scare away wild animals. The authorities tried to ban the original holiday, but the locals managed to defend it. In 1959, the celebration was allowed, subject to 4 conditions:

  • indicate with signal firecrackers the beginning and end of the battle,
  • don't tear clothes on others,
  • throw only tomatoes
  • keep a distance with the trucks in which the tomatoes are transported.

In the 80s, the government even specifically purchased “juicy weapons”, thereby increasing the scale of the battle. Since 2002, the Tomatina Festival has been considered international. That is why so many tourists are eager to get here.

Today it is one of the most fun holidays. Exactly at 11.00 on the main square near the town hall several trucks with tomatoes and fearless people gather. When an explosion of firecrackers is heard, then all at once rush into battle. The battle has no territorial boundaries, so gradually the battlefield can capture neighboring streets and houses. Only one hour is allowed to “beat” by time. During this period, 40 thousand people manage to destroy about 150 tons of ripe tomatoes. The cheerful people then remain in euphoria for a long time, wandering around the ankles in tomato juice.

By the way, if you do not regret 790 euros, then you can leave by truck and be the first to start the battle of tomatoes. The Tomatin Festival is opened by several people, and then everyone else gradually joins. Upon completion, fire engines arrive and eliminate the consequences of the battle. Participants can swim in the river or wash for a couple of euros under the hose of local residents.

8. Festival "Konaki Sumo"

And so we ended up in Japan, and the Japanese, as always, hit us. This festival includes two things: sumo wrestlers and many, many children. Every April, wrestlers collide with each other, holding children in their arms while waiting for the crying baby. The winner is the one with the least cry for children in his arms.

9. Festival of St. Vincent

A very strange festival is held in the small Spanish town of Manganeses de la Polvorosa annually on the fourth Sunday of January. In fact, it consists of the fact that a young guy finds a goat, binds it, and then throws it from the top of the church bell tower. Presumably, it should be caught by the inhabitants of the city, stretched canvas, on the ground.

10. El Colacho Festival

Also known as the Infant Jumping Festival, this unusual holiday is held every year in the Spanish town of Castrillo de Murcia. Any child born in the last 12 months is placed on a mattress on the street, and all adult men dressed in yellow-red suits and masks of “devils” take turns jumping over them. So children are protected from damage and the evil eye.

What to bring with you?

At the celebration it is recommended to wear things that you can easily say goodbye to, because they simply do not move away from such an abundance of juice. It is also advisable to wear gloves, goggles, shoes that fit well to the leg and wraps around it (shales are not suitable here). It is forbidden to carry glass bottles, sharp, stinging objects that can injure during the battle. Valuable items are best left in a storage room for 3 euros.

How to get to the Tomatina festival?

The town of Bunyol is located 40 km from Valencia. From there daily bus number 265A departs. SantIsidre Valencia Train Station is accessible by commuter train. The whole journey will take about an hour. It’s better to leave before 6:00, as later a huge queue is formed at the station, and it will be very difficult to go somewhere.

It will be more comfortable and convenient to travel by train, because from the Bunyol station to the central square where the festival will take place, you can walk for 15 minutes. When traveling by bus, you should get up at the BeltranBaguena stop, from which it is about 400 m to Pueblo Square. If you want to go by private car, you need to catch it before 7:00, as the entrance to the city will be blocked on the day of the battle.

Spanish Fire Festival or Fallas in Valencia

Resting in Valencia, you can also have a good rest. The city is famous for its fire festival. When exactly such a holiday appeared is not known, but they say that local carpenters, just on the day of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the city, lit fires. This has become a tradition: carpenters collected the remains of a tree from their work, children searched for old trash in the yard, made grotesque images of famous people of Valencia.

Fallas translates as a holiday of spring and runs from March 14-19. It is noted on a large foot. More than 2 million tourists come here every year. Walks begin with shots of firecrackers. On all streets, fireworks and salutes are launched almost simultaneously. The next stage of the festival is a flower parade, which was invented in honor of the Holy Patroness of all the defenseless. The city is simply buried in flowering plants. Women and girls put on national dresses, jewelry and go to the central square, where they need to lay flowers to their Patroness. The 14-meter high sculpture is pleasantly fragrant this afternoon, because it is completely created by master florists from the best flowers of the city.

Then, the time for lunch comes for vacationers, because at the stadium of Valencia they cook a huge paella - the national dish of Spain. Fallas is not only ready to surprise this, because a sweet surprise awaits all guests - donuts with chocolate filling.

The culmination of the fire festival is the LaCrema stage. A few hours before completion, large papier-mâché dolls are set up throughout the city. These are cartoon characters, all kinds of cartoons that reflect human vices and unpleasant social phenomena. The best 2 sculptures are preserved and transferred to the museum, and the rest are burned at the appointed time. Everything happens as we have at Shrovetide, only the scale of the celebration is much larger. At this, the official part of the celebration ends, and everyone can have fun and dance until the morning.

VK Fest

An unusual festival takes place in Russia. This is probably the only day of the year when the entire community is not online, but offline. Main place

assigned to computer game tournaments. In addition, costume contests with incentive prizes are held. There are also unusual events, many of which take place in virtual reality.

For example, in 2017, many tourists who visited the festival were able to feel like part of a slot machine where you need to get soft toys. The huge Lay’s chipset made the participants feel like tentacles. It was not necessary to hunt for soft toys, but for chips - how much they managed to get out, so much the winner gets.

Elephant festival

The elephant is the largest animal that can be humanly trained. This is what giants can give vivid emotions and a beautiful sight. In India, elephants are revered and loved, and in Jaipur they even dedicated a festival to them. For example, Ganesha was a god with the head of an elephant and was the patron saint of the warrior Rama. The elephant Ayravata was a faithful servant to his master - the king of the gods Indra. And in Rajasthan there was generally elephantium - cavalry for an elephant. Such living tanks always inspired fear and horror.

Traditionally, the holiday opens on March Holi day, when people have fun and sprinkle each other with bright powders, doused with paints. This is a holiday of spring awakening of nature from a long hibernation. Elephants also participate here - they are painted in all colors of the rainbow, various drawings are drawn on them, tusks are tied with color scarves, and legs are decorated with bells with bells. The back is traditionally covered with carpet blanket. In general, the animal should look as bright as possible.

In this form, with musical accompaniment, elephants go through the whole city. Guard their riders on horses and camels. This is done for a reason, because at the end of the festival the most beautiful outfit is chosen, and the owner is generously awarded.

Only elephants can participate, because they are much smarter and calmer. The sharp tusks before the festival are bound to grind, and the animals themselves are accustomed to the holiday, so that the noise and the crowd of people do not scare the giant.

The bulk of the elephant festival takes place on the JaipurRiding & PoloClub Sports Field. Here everyone can watch how animals play elephant polo.Naturally, each has its own drover. The speed and grace of such large animals is amazing in the game. Despite their bulkiness, they deftly move around the field. It seems that they also understand the rules of the game and get no less fun than the audience.

Another attraction became popular - tug of war. Both elephants and people participate here. Spectators choose a team for which they will root, but it is almost pointless, it’s very difficult to defeat a few-ton animal. In addition, elephants compete in running, dancing, circus performances and manage to defile before the jury of the "beauty contest".


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