The strangest festivals in the world

There are many holidays in Russia that surprise foreigners. For example, the unknown Old New Year or May Day, the day of labor and peace. However, if you look at the calendar, you can find many dates that lead people from other countries to indescribable delight, but for us they will definitely seem very dubious reasons for fun. However, different cultures imply different traditions, so let's find out how they spend their time in other states.

There are many holidays in Russia that surprise foreigners. For example, the unknown Old New Year or May Day, the day of labor and peace. However, if you look at the calendar, you can find many dates that lead people from other countries to indescribable delight, but for us they will definitely seem very dubious reasons for fun. However, different cultures imply different traditions, so let's find out how they spend their time in other states.

New Years sailing in the North Sea, Netherlands

Every January 1st, hundreds of Dutch people take a dip in the sea. Yes, they are not afraid of cold water and not the most suitable weather for swimming. They love this tradition: they are freezing, but still arrange an annual swim called Nieuwjaarsduik.

"Book Flood" on Christmas Day, Iceland

Iceland is one of the most readable nations in the world. It is for this reason that they have formed a wonderful habit that has become a tradition. Every year they give each other books in honor of Christmas. And on the holiday itself, they are happy to read them over a cup of chocolate cocktail.

Orange battle, Italy

Shrovetide in Italy does not please with the last snow, because the warm climate provides this time of the year not with outgoing frosts, but with the first harvest. However, Italians do not despair! The Hebrew Carnival on the first weekend before Lent will be marked by the Orange Battle. Tons of orange fruits become formidable weapons and plunge the country into a real citrus carnage.

Tomatina, Spain

But sunny Spain distinguished itself by another variant of fruit resistance. At the end of August, Valencia hosts Tomatina, a festival that lasts a whole week. Songs, fairs, dances and fireworks are accompanied by a bombardment of juicy tomatoes. Fun and delicious!

Serpentine Festival, India

At the end of the summer, the Indians have a snake party. A lot of reptiles fill the streets: they are fed with goodies, they look and literally carry them in their arms. This event is called Nagapanchi.

Parade of hats in France

On November 25, a parade of a wide variety of hats takes place in romantic France. Initially, only girls without a second half were supposed to take part in the festival, but nowadays the rules have become simpler, and married ladies and even men can show off an intricate headdress.