Think Thanksgiving with your family is weird? Well it isn’t weird until your uncle starts jumping over babies in the name of Jesus Christ. People are doing all sorts of crazy things gathered together across the world. Here are some fine thanksgiving dinner conversation distractions to stop every in-law asking where is the fiance? Crack open a can of cranberry sauce and lets feast on the weirdness.
Ever see a piece of cheese rolling down a hill and think, damn I’d like to race that? Same here. People in Gloucester England race each other down a 200 meter hill, usually flipping and falling all over themselves, racing for that tasty piece of cheese. Get the family together and push that aunt who wont shut up about kids after the cheese. It will make you feel better.
Ever just wanted to throw the old ball and chain over the shoulder and enter into a race with other couples? Well this thanksgiving could be the golden opportunity. With origins that are suspiciously rooted in the act of stealing women, this sport holds the golden prize of your wife’s weight in beer waiting at the end.
Monkey Buffet Festival
Instead of feasting with the family, wouldn’t it be nice to do something kind fo the monkeys out there? The people of Thailand totally agree. Monkey Buffet festival is a celebration of our little cousins with a gigantic vegetarian feast for monkeys set in the beautiful backdrop of ancient temples. Not gonna lie, we’re kind of jealous.
Toe Wrestling Championships
Think time with the family couldn’t get any more strange? Enter toe wrestling. The sport is essentially the same as arm wrestling, but involves the locking of toes and twisting of hips to pin an opponent. Imagine having the opportunity of being able to take smelly uncle Robert down a peg or two with a foot pin?
Air Guitar Championships
Ever wanted to take the embarrassing things done listening to music in the shower onto the big stage of life? Well the people of Finland have already done it. Well, it started in Finland but its now practiced everywhere. People get together and show off how cool they could be on guitar if they actually played. Its epic.
Bog Snorkeling in Wales
The Brits really do have a keen eye for strange festivals. Bog snorkeling is the celebration of England’s solid aquatic activities. People race from one end of a water filled ditch to the other, using nothing more than a snorkeling mask and flippers. Its definitely not cold at all, and there are totally fish in the water to look at. Relaxation at its finest.
Underwater Music Festival
The best music venue? Probably the one where dolphins get to listen to music with the humans. Que little mermaid esqu under the sea style dance montage. This festival requires people to don some scuba gear and flippers to hear the full set. Imagine listening to music under a canopy of light refracting through the water and waves? Yes please.
Buso Festival – Hungary
Every year in the spring, these people in Hungary put on super creepy outfits to chase the winter season away. It is also a festival of no rules, so think of this place like fight club but in Hungary, and it lasts a week. Perhaps this would also be a good idea for the inlaws who cant seem to take the hint and get off the couch.
Yorkshire pudding boat race
If you hadn’t considered the sea worthiness of yorkshire pudding, then this festival will be a real eye opener. The idea was conceived in true genius fashion, while drinking at the local pub. Since adults are too large to typically race in these pudding boats, the race is largely done by children.
La Tomatina- AKA Tomato War
If the Spanish aren’t running from bulls down the middle of their city, they are battling with tomatoes in the middle of their city. There is a huge excess of tomatoes when all have been harvested, which means there is only one thing left to do; start a massive tomato war. Tourists and locals get together to toss tomatoes at each other, and it looks like something that should be done at Thanksgiving as well.
Pidakala War (Cow shit fight in india)
Tomatoes not heavy metal enough for you? How about hurling cow poop at each other during a day long battle for good health. All one has to do is cruise down to the southern Indian village of Kairuppala, and follow a cow for a few days to get ammo. This festival originated as a marriage dispute between gods, where the weapon of choice was cow dung. Luckily, people did not forget how much fun that was and continue to battle with cow poo today.
Baby Jumping in Spain
Babies can occasionally be possessed by satan, and the best way to cure that is by dressing up as the devil and jumping over them in the middle of the street. Leaping over these babies cleans them of the original sin. Next phase is sprinkling rose petals all over them, and returning them to their parents. No babies have been harmed in the making of this festival.
Now that thanksgiving at your house seems a bit more normal, try and spice things up a bit by discussing the possibility of a massive cow dung fight after dinner. If somebody’s kid starts crying and wont stop? Put them in a boat of yorkshire pudding where they can paddle to save their own lives. We all think thanksgiving can be crazy and weird, but consider for a moment doing one of these festivals as a family tradition.