The Mystery of illusions
1. Holiday “Las Payas” (Valencia, Spain)
Fire festival is held from 14 to 19 March and attracts thousands of tourists. Every day, at exactly 14 hours begins the so-called “mascleta” – competition of pyrotechnics on the ground, and closer to the night fireworks are launched into the sky. The culmination of the holiday is La Crema – burning specially prepared for this festival huge figures and stuffed.
2. World championship “Mountain oysters” (the city of Throckmorton, USA)
Close to Texas in may championship “mountain oysters”… actually oysters here and “smell”. It’s just a slang name local cowboys referred to as bull testicles. First prize awaits the one who is best going to fry them. Judges will evaluate everything: the appearance of the cooked food as it is served, the aroma and taste. According to these criteria and selects the winner.
3. Bega cheese rolling Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill (the town of Cooper’s hill, UK)
In a beautiful small town, located near Gloucester, on the last Monday of may races are held with a rolling cheese. According to the rules of the competition round head cheese starts down the slope, after which the participants begin his persecution. The winner is the first to catch up and grab “runaway” cheese. Wounds and injuries, sometimes very serious, in cheese the run are common, so at the foot of the hill definitely on duty doctors.
4. Summer solstice (Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK)
The solstice is not rare and is celebrated in the cultures of many peoples of the world, but in the UK it was special since 2000, when the authorities allowed everyone to spend the night on 21 June among a huge mythical relic of the stones and even touch them (in the rest of the year it is forbidden). The action is complemented by a rumble of drums that fades with the coming of dawn.
5. A celebration of people-birds (the city of Bognor, UK)
An unusual event takes place in July, is celebrated for a long time and is the ancestor of many similar competitions around the world. Contestants run on a wide platform built above the sea surface, and jump. Task “of a bird-man” is to fly as far as possible, using self-made wings.
6. Amtrak Mooning or Demonstration of bare buttocks (Laguna Niguel, USA)
Every second Saturday of July, hundreds of people gather in Laguna Niguel, California, near the train tracks with the sole purpose to show mooning the passengers of passing trains. To avoid the riots that took place in previous years, the authorities banned the participants to publicly urinate and drink alcohol throughout the day.
7. The world championship drag sweethearts (city of Sonkajarvi, Finland)
July 4, 2009 in a small Finnish town will be the 14th championship of the world on transfer sweethearts and wives. According to the rules, any man paired with a woman over the age of 17 years can participate in this competition. This competition comes from the ancient tradition of the Vikings, when bringing their wives to the ships, for convenience, they loaded them onto their backs. If during the event a woman will come by foot on land, the couple receives a penalty and the result is not counted.
8. Holiday “cartoon” (city of buñol, Spain)
Among the Spaniards, this holiday is not as popular with foreign tourists who seek to participate in “tomato battle”. This celebration is held on the last Wednesday of August in a small town near Valencia. More than 100 tons of tomatoes are used as “weapons”. Tip – do not wear expensive clothes you, if you want to participate in this celebration.
9. The world Cup of diving in the swamp (Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, UK)
The English are by nature more insane than most people think, especially when it comes to holidays. Their Welsh neighbours in anything they are not inferior. Every last Monday of August, dozens of brave Welsh jump into the swamp, to cover the distance of 55 meters. From the equipment you may use only the fins and masks for snorkeling. Surprisingly, and last sailed also receives a prize.
10. “Burning man” (Desert of black Rock, USA)
In the week leading up to labor Day in the US (the first Monday in September), thousands of people gather in a remote Nevada desert to create sand your own city, in which everyone can freely Express your creativity. At the end of the week, when properly removed, and all the work of art is eliminated, is burned in effigy. So the event is called the Festival of Burning man.
11. International pirate Day
September 19 must wear a bandana and a bandage across one eye, to speak in a special “pirate” language, not forgetting to remember the piastres and “thousands of devils”. The feast originated in the U.S., but became popular worldwide thanks to the Internet.
12. The world championship of birth (town of Egremont, United Kingdom)
There is evidence that competition grimaces originated in 1297 at the crab fair in Egremont. Surprisingly, this championship lived up to our days, has become international and is held here every September. Legendary champion Peter Jackson, the title of “the most horrible mug,” for the victory pulled out all her teeth, so it was easier to grimace.