15 bizarre festivals that can be seen only in Asia
People tend to bring into your life more joyous and memorable moments, for that they come up with all kinds of holidays. But the most striking Asian fantasy. Weeping infants, banquets for monkeys, mud baths and other bizarre festivals, which can be seen only in Asia!
Manen Festival, Indonesia
Every three years, the people of Toraja, living on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, celebrates Manen Festival. During the ancient ritual of the locals dig up the body of the graves of deceased relatives, wash them and put on the new clothes as a sign of love and respect. This frightening tradition called "a ceremony of purification of corpses" and lasted for more than a hundred years.
The Festival of dog meat, China
Every year in June in the city of Yulin, Guangxi Province, a festival of dog meat. For 10 days, the Chinese eat at least 10,000 dogs and cats, as they celebrate the summer solstice. Festival condemn the defenders of animals, but the tradition has lasted for nearly 500 years.
Hadaka Matsuri, Japan
The festival, during which the men wear a loincloth (fundoshi). Each year more than 9,000 people flock to Saydali-ji temple in Okayama in the hope to cleanse the body and soul and get lucky.
Fighting crying babies, Japan
This festival is held annually in temples throughout Japan. Kids who do not have yet a year old, give into the hands of two sumo wrestlers who are trying to scare them. The child began to cry louder than the first, or the other is the winner.
The ritual crucifixion, Philippines
Every year on Good Friday in the Philippines some Catholics voluntarily expose themselves to crucifixion. The Catholic Church is opposed to such rituals, but the believers are convinced that only in this way will be able to atone for their sins.
The Festival of sumo wrestler, Japan
Hitori Sumo - Festival, held annually in the temple region Oyamazumi Ehime. The audience enjoyed watching as a sumo wrestler fighting ... with the air, or rather with the spirit of the rice! If a wrestler wins, then the region is waiting for a good rice harvest.
Festival of vegetarians in Phuket, Thailand
During the festival, the inhabitants of the island pierce their faces all kinds of cutting instruments. According to legend, the vegetarian festival in the 19th century established a Chinese opera troupe after treatment of malaria, from which it recovered vegetable diet.
Fire festival in Kurama, Japan
Each year, October 22 men in loincloths sneaked through the city Kurama huge flaming torches. The festival plays a scene from the transfer Kyoto center sanctuary Yuki Shrine in 940 g It is worth noting that some torches weigh about 100 kg!
Kanamara Matsuri, Japan
This holiday every year celebrated on the first Sunday of April in the temple Kanayama in Kawasaki. The founders of the festival were prostitutes, who centuries ago asked the shrine of success in work and protection against syphilis. Unchangeable attributes Kanamara Matsuri - phalluses of all colors and sizes. All proceeds from the festival are transferred to the organizations engaged in HIV research.
The Festival painted bellies, Japan
Since 1969, every summer in the city of Furano in Hokkaido festival painted bellies aimed at national unity. Participants paint their bellies themselves, participate in races and win prizes. In the first year celebrants was 11, and now they are more than 5000!
Ghost Festival, China
This festival falls on the fifteenth night of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. On this day the souls of the dead come to the living world and Buddhists perform rituals to alleviate the suffering of the deceased or to release them from them. The Chinese are preparing ritual food for the spirits, lit incense and burn ritual special paper, papier-mache form of material objects in honor of their ancestors.
Monkey feast, Thailand
In 1989, an enterprising businessman came up with a way to attract tourists in Lopburi - made a feast for the monkeys. Now, in November, people from all over the world come to see how trapeznichayut monkey in the ancient temple. Tourists don the costumes of monkeys and have fun.
Elephant Festival in Surin, Thailand
From November 1960 this festival is held annually in the town of Surin. The festival opens the parade of elephants, then the animals involved in the games, and then they will feast. The event usually involves at least 200 elephants.
The Hindu spring festival celebrated in March. On the first day of the festival to make a fire for burning huge effigies symbolizing the burning Kholiki and held cattle run through the fire and walking on coals. On the second day and the third day participants procession satisfied before dusk, showering each other colored powder.
Mud Festival in Boryeong, South Korea
The festival takes place on the beach Dechhon, in Boryeong. Participants frolic in the healing mud, anti-aging skin. The case when it is possible to combine business with pleasure.