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We always knew the world was crazy and these festivals are a solid proof of that. Bored Panda prepared a list of some of the craziest, messiest or the most colorful festivals and events, that have gathered millions of people from all around the world. Festivals can offer you uncommon experiences and help to get to know a new country. If you are planning your holidays, one of these interesting festivals can surely be worth to visit. Take a look and prepare for having the time of your life.

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15. Baby Jumping Fiesta (Spain)

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Baby Jumping Fiesta In Spain

Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish holiday dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the village of Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos. During the act, known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil’s jump) or simply El Colacho, men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street.

14. Sinulog (Cebu, Philippines)

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The Sinulog is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the center of the Santo Niño celebration in the Philippines. Other places like Maasin City, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and Southern Leyte also have their own version of the festival in honour of the Santo Niño.

13. Las Fallas Festival, Valencia (Spain)

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Las Fallas Festival

The Fallas is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, in Spain. The term Fallas refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired by the original one in Valencia.

12. Monkey Buffet Festival (Thailand)

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The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in Thailand to promote tourism.
The festival was described as one of the strangest festivals by London’s The Guardian newspaper along with Spain’s baby-jumping festival.

11. Songkran Water Festival (Thailand)

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The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.

10. Beryeong Mud Festival (South Korea)

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The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea. The mud is taken from the Boryeong mud flats, and trucked to the Daecheon beach area, where it is used as the centrepiece of the ‘Mud Experience Land’. The mud is considered rich in minerals and used to manufacture cosmetics. The festival was originally conceived as a marketing vehicle for Boryeong mud cosmetics.

9. Desert Festival In Jaisalmer (India)

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Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a colorful festival held in February every year. You will get to see Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc. Not exciting enough! Attend the contests to judge the man with the best moustache. Everything is exotic in the Desert festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three daylong extravaganza.

8. Día De Los Muertos Parade (Mexico)

Día_de_los_MuertosDay of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. In 2008 the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

7. La Tomatina Festival (Spain)

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La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.

6. Els Enfarinats Festival Celebrated With Flour Fight In Ibi (Spain)

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Citizens of Ibi in southeastern Spain annually celebrate the Els Enfarinats, a 200-year-old traditional festival part of the celebrations of the Day of the Innocents, with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city town hall.

5. Merfest – Mermaids And Mermen Festival In North Carolina (USA)

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Millions of young children dreamed about being Ariel while watching the Disney film as a child, but few did much more than request the doll on their Christmas list. But for some, the appeal of a mermaid is clearly much stronger.

4. Ágitagueda Art Festival (Portugal)

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Have you ever imagined a street with thousands of umbrellas hanging above provided shade to the people from the crouching heart at this time of the year? Well! This is what has been done with the Ágitagueda art festival in Portugal. This is not a very old ritual that the festival has witnessed which itself is a very old festival. This is one of the best places to visit in Portugal, especially if you are visiting the place in July.

3. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (USA)

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event, and has over 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

2. Holi: World’s Biggest Color Festival (India)

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Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.

1. Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Thailand)

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Yi Peng or Yee Peng (local name) is part of the festival of lights in Northern Thailand to show respect to Buddha. It’s date usually coincides with Loi Krathong which all of Thailand celebrates using floating lights on water. In Northern Thailand Yi Peng, which is celebrated alongside Loi Krathong, is different in that lights are placed into sky lanterns which float up into the air.

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