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Every culture has its own celebration of anything, from birthdays to New Years even to harvest. Most celebrations come with eating, drinking, and dancing and only differs in the context of the festivities. However, there are places where people take the party on a whole new level.
Up for the wildest festival in your life? Check out these seven festivities that go way beyond your normal street parade.
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Carnival of Ivrea (Italy)
People of the northern Italian city celebrate the carnival, also known as the Battle of the Oranges, as a sign of liberation from a baron who starved citizens in the Medieval times. According to Reader’s Digest, citizens gather at the city’s main square and reenact the historic rebellion by throwing oranges at one another. They are divided into teams and anyone can join in, as long as you’re ready to get drenched in orange juice.
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The Songkran festival marks the start of the Thai New Year in the second week of April. Being the hottest time of the year, people who celebrate Songkran do so by throwing water at each other. Being soaked is considered a blessing and it is a sacred practice for Thai people. Celebrants used to pour scented water on each other’s hands to bestow blessings, but now they engage in full-blown water fights—even using buckets, hoses, and water guns to celebrate.
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La Tomatina (Spain)
The small town in Buñol, Valencia in the East of Spain gets covered in tomatoes every year. There isn’t much history about this wild festivity, aside from initially being a street fight between teenagers. For about an hour, people engage in what is the largest tomato fight in the world that leaves the town covered in its red juice.
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Night of the Radishes (Mexico)
Celebrated every year on December 23, the Night of the Radishes is dedicated to carving massive radishes and create scenes worthy of winning major prizes. Most common elements in the radish sculptures, regardless of the category, are usually people, animals, food, and handicrafts of the state.
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Festivities for Holi begin in late February or early March and is celebrated throughout the country. Reader’s Digest says the two-day event commemorates the legend of Prahlad, a devotee of the god Vishnu and escaped from the blazes of the evil Holika Dahan. The magazine says celebrants light bonfires, throw perfumed colored powder on each other, and have the wildest party of the year.
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Fasnacht is the biggest Swiss party with about 200,000 masked revelers take part in the festivities. It begins at 4 am on the Monday after Ash Wednesday. Lights all over the city are turned off and people dressed up as pipers and drummers parade through the town holding lanterns. Drinking and singing ensue through the week to continue the celebration, with some groups acting out notable events from the previous year known as the Schnitzelbängg.
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Cheese Rolling Festival
This annual event is held at Coopers Hill, United Kingdom. Hundreds of people gather to watch locals chase a huge cheese wheel at it rolls down the side of the hill. The first one to cross the finish line wins the cheese, while others are either sent to the hospital due to injuries are brush off the grass from tumbling down the path and continue on with the festivities.