As a tourist, seeing festivals around the world is fascinating. Afterall they are different from our own customs, exotic to most outsiders (here). From wife carrying competition in Finland to La Tomatina in Spain just last month, travelers flock to these events to join in the fun.
Many years back we recalled Mel’s boss in Holland reminiscing how as a young man in the 1970s he had climbed up high on temples in Bali watching the proceedings of ceremonies and festivals. Those were the days when western travellers were few and far between and when places like Bali were truly exotic, sometimes bordering on risky to put it mildly.
In all of our journeys so far, we’ve not had the fortune of being in the midst of important festivals or celebrations. And being part of the drinking party during Oktoberfest or on St Patrick’s day don’t count in our view. Except that one time in Malta (here) when we arrived just in time to watch the carnival processions. Not as outlandish perhaps compared to the one in Venice, it was nonetheless an experience to participate along with the locals in the revelry, though in Malta it was a little more “subdued” in our opinion. Perhaps that has evolved now over the years – will someone correct us?
And finally there is the bizarre. Did you know there is a cat food festival near Lima every September? No. They don’t feed the cats, the cats are the food. Yikes! On the other hand the festival of the horns is rather sobering. Look it up!
Have you joined in any unique festival before and where was that?