Crazy and Scary Festivals

1. Sanfermines Festival

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This festival involves running ahead of bulls who can literally gore people with their massive horns. The point is to get the bulls from the fields outside of the city or village to the bullring where they would later be killed.

A first rocket is set off at 8 am to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that all six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that all of the herd has entered the bullring and its corral respectively, marking the end of the event.

Every year, between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run, although most injuries are contusions due to falls and are not serious.

2. Naked Bike Ride Festival

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This is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and cycle together to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”

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3. Halloween Fest

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Halloween is one of the most recognizable holidays around the world. Derived from a hodgepodge of traditions from various cultures, this is a time to celebrate and remember the dead. In the United States, however, it is a time for costumes, parties, and tales of terror.

This tradition started in the 18th Century when people in Wales and other regions started dressing up as evil spirits and ghosts to make fun of the concept of bringing back the dead. This quickly spread and became a hallmark of the American calendar. Ostensibly to scare the dead, people also carry various lanterns such as the Jack-o’-lanterns.

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4. Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos means Day of Dead in Spanish. It is a primarily Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country and around the world in various cultures, but the main celebrations take place in Central and South Mexico.

The festival focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember their beloved dead.

Customs connected with the festival include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased with edible sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting their graves with these as gifts.