A tour of the world’s quirkiest festivals

A tour of the world’s quirkiest festivals

We are all famil­iar with music fes­ti­vals. Hun­dreds, or thou­sands, of peo­ple are gath­ered in front of a stage wait­ing to watch famous — or not so famous — head­lin­ers per­form. How­ev­er, these gath­er­ings are not lim­it­ed to music and every­one can organ­ise is own fes­ti­val. Dis­cov­er our top 6 of the quirki­est fes­ti­vals, care­ful­ly select­ed by the team at l’Etudiant Voyageur.

England: Cheese Rolling Festival

Are you a cheese lover? This event is for you! The Eng­lish invent­ed a race that became, over the years, an icon­ic event held in the city of Brock­worth. Par­tic­i­pants lit­er­al­ly race down a hill called Coop­er’s Hill.

The goal is to be the first to catch up with the cheese wheel rolling from the top. Of course, all these jumps and rolls are not always good for your body condition …

Australia: MulletFest

As you may have guessed, the Aus­tralians have ded­i­cat­ed a fes­ti­val to … the mul­let! A sta­ple of the coun­try music scene, this 70’s hair­style is all the rage down under.

The goal? Shin­ing a light on the most beau­ti­ful cuts and bring­ing back in fash­ion this par­tic­u­lar hair­style. Love it or hate it – it’s your choice!

France: Red Love

To fight prej­u­dice against red­heads, Pas­cal Sacieux, a French pho­tog­ra­ph­er, decid­ed to orga­nize the Red Love Fes­ti­val. For the first edi­tion, near­ly 1,000 peo­ple gath­ered in Brit­tany to attend the event.

The pro­gramme of the event includ­ed live music, enter­tain­ment and booths to restore the image of “car­rot-tops”, a lit­tle too often criticised.

Italy: Festa del Cornuto

“Cor­nu­to” means horn in Ital­ian. This fes­ti­val cel­e­brates men who have been cheat­ed on. It dates back to the time of the Roman Empire when sol­diers went to war leav­ing their wives behind. Upon their return, they received as a gift a pair of horns.

A parade is organ­ised and the men who were vic­tims of infi­deli­ty can express their anger. They can, if they wish, destroy gifts from their oth­er half. They are hon­oured and comforted.

Peru: Gastronómico del Gato Festival

This one is not for the weak heart­ed. A very strange par­ty is organ­ised in the South of Lima. Sim­i­lar to the way the French force-feed geese to make foie gras for the hol­i­day sea­son, the inhab­i­tants of the town of Cañete force-feed cats …

Accord­ing to local belief, cat meat is an aphro­disi­ac and pro­vides pro­tec­tion against lung dis­eases. Bron­chi­tis or a cat steak? Your choice!

Thailand: Monkey Buffet Festival

No, you are not dream­ing — the Thais have invent­ed a fes­ti­val just for mon­keys. For the occa­sion, the 3,000 inhab­i­tants of the city of Lop­buri — that is to say exclu­sive­ly chim­panzees — are invit­ed to eat fruits and vegetables.

These goods have been gen­er­ous­ly offered by locals and tourists. If you are afraid of these small ani­mals, you’d bet­ter flee the area.

There are all kinds of fes­ti­vals around the globe. So, to avoid get­ting dis­tract­ed dur­ing your trav­els: Dis­cov­er all the prac­ti­cal infor­ma­tion you need on l’E­tu­di­ant Voyageur.

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