Attending a traditional festival is a great way to get a glimpse of the local culture. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara introduced us to the fun ‘La Tomatina’ – the tomato festival and the adventurous ‘Running of the Bulls’ festivals of Spain. But Europe offers many more fun and crazy festivals!
Baby Jumping Festival – Spain
The tradition is called El Salto del Colacho and dates back to 1620. In this strange Jump of the Devil festival, babies less than a year old are laid over mattresses in the streets. Red and yellow-masked “devils” holding a whip then jump over the babies to prevent them from evil. The babies are then sprinkled with rose petals and claimed by their parents. The devils with whips parade on the streets chasing people too.
Oktoberfest or the Beer Festival, Munich – Germany
When? Mid September to Early October (Approx. 15 days festival)
It is the biggest and the most popular folk festival in the world. People visit Germany to enjoy traditional food, listen to traditional music and of course drink beer. People dress up in traditional Bavarian outfits. This year it will be celebrated from 22 Sep 2018 to 7 Oct 2018.
Wife Carrying World Championships – Sonkajärvi, Finland
When? First week of July
This Championship started in 1992 and is still hosted in Sonkajärvi every year. 40 couples from 7 countries participate in the championship. Husbands must not just carry their wife in a race but also tackle several obstacles such as water, fences, etc. And what does the winner get? Beer equivalent to wife’s weight!
Hammer Festival (Festa de São João) – Porto, Portugal
When? June 23rd
The party has all elements – food, music, dancing and fireworks. A big feature of this festival is that children and adults walk around the streets with plastic hammers and hit each other on head.
Wine Fight Festival – Spain
When? June 29
In the festival, 500 litres red wine is thrown in the air and people fight to soak themselves in wine and everyone’s white clothes turn purple. The wine battle stops at noon and people continue to party with live music and good food on the streets.