1. Vegetarian Festival – Thailand
A festival of pure fun and entertainment, the Boryeong Mud Festival is celebrated each year during summer in South Korea. The city of Boryeong, located on the coast of the Yellow Sea, in the South Chungcheong province of the country, serves as the venue of the festival. As the name implies, the primary event of the festival involves playing with mud that is obtained from the Boryeong mud flats. The mud from this area is believed to be rich in mineral composition and is also associated with myriad health benefits. The unique festival was first popularized by a cosmetic company in 1998, and today draws thousands upon thousands of visitors to Boryeong each year.During the Boryeong Mud Festival, the entire seafront of Boryeong is decked up with arrangements like mud baths, mud slides, and mud prisons to allow people to wallow, swim, and splash in the special mud of the region. Stages are constructed to host music and dance competitions and other entertainment events.
2. Agni Keli – Mangalore, India
The Agni Keli festival is held in Mangalore every year in the month of April and continues for as many as 8 days. During this time, the participants who are usually topless are required to throw lit torches towards one another from a distance of about 30 to 50 feet. In spite of wearing cloth only below the waist, it is not uncommon for the garments to catch fire and numerous individuals have suffered severe burn injuries were performing the rituals. See also; Top 10 Shocking Rituals in India.
3. Good Friday Crucifixion Re-enactment
In the majority of the Western countries, Easter is usually celebrated with tremendous interest and enthusiasm. However, it is not the case in the Philippines where individuals are usually bound in ropes and crucified brutally on the cross in order to re-enact the sufferings of Jesus Christ. Only the brave have got the guts to witness this awful event.
4. Running of the Bulls – Pamplona, Spain
This festival is being held in Spain for the last 600 years. The ferocious bulls are let loose on the city streets which are usually thronged by thousands of individuals. While the bulls ravage through the streets. The persons on the road make desperate attempts to evade these creatures. However, at least 15 casualties have been reported since 1924. Also, there have also been numerous cases of serious injuries.
5. Onbashira – Tokyo, Japan
The Onbashira festival which is held every 6 years in Tokyo, Japan. It is mainly intended for symbolically renewing the temples of Suwa. During the first phase of this particular event, huge trees are cut down and young men are required to drag these trees to the temple site across steep undulating terrains. While doing this arduous job, many men are required to ride tree trunks as they hurtle down the rough landscape.
6. Yanshui Beehive Fireworks – Taiwan
It is quite natural that no one would like the idea of getting hit by a firework during a festival. But don’t be surprised if it happens to you while attending this celebration in Yanshui, Taiwan. A large crowd gathers in front of the platform where the rocket bottles are placed to be lit and once it is done they are going to hit individuals from every possible direction. It is very difficult to protect oneself from these rockets and many individuals have been reported to sustain serious injuries in spite of wearing fireproof clothing.
7. The Takeuchi Matsuri – Japan
This brutal festival takes place in Japan where participants are divided into two groups and they usually fight amongst them with bamboo poles. In this process, they cause serious injury to their competitors. The winner is going to enjoy a rich harvest along with a prosperous year. In case you happen to be a passerby or one who is simply enjoying the festival, it is recommended to be cautious since you too might end up being injured.
8. El Colacho (Baby jumping) – Castrillo, Spain
The bizarre El Colacho Festival is held in the Spanish village of Castrillo where the parents of newborn infants keep their babies in the middle of the streets in that particular village. Men wearing devil costumes jump over these little ones during this event. Although the origin of this festival is rather unknown. It is believed that this ritual is meant to get rid of any sin from the babies. See also;
9. Kirkpinar Wrestling Festival – Turkey
Next, in this list, we are going to mention the Kirkpinar Wrestling Festival which is held in Turkey. In fact, this dangerous event is hugely popular in the entire country and there is virtually no rule when it comes to fighting during this festival. The participants are allowed to attack in whatever way they want but they must grab the leather strap which is held between the legs while combating.
10. The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Contest – England
This contest is being held in Gloucester in England every year. It has seen numerous men and women participating in it. A big round circle of cheese is being rolled down the steep slopes of the Cooper’s Hill and the participants have to tumble down the slopes in order to grab it. Whoever gets it first will be declared the winner. However, given that the slope of the hill is almost vertical, there’s been a huge number of injuries till date while participating in the contest.