What's funny around the world

Humour and funny habits can vary widely from culture to culture, and what one person finds funny, another may not. Additionally, it's important to approach humour with cultural sensitivity and respect. That being said, from tomato-throwing in Spain, to wife-carrying in Finland, to cheese-rolling in the UK, here are 25 bizarre traditions from different parts of the world.

25 funny traditions around the world:

La Tomatina Festival in Spain

1. La Tomatina

An annual tomato-throwing festival where thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes.

La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, on the last Wednesday of August each year, in which participants throw tomatoes. This giant tomato fight is purely for entertainment purposes.

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2. Kanamara Matsuri, Japan

Also known as the "Festival of the Steel Phallus" it celebrates fertility and features giant phallic sculptures

3. Red Nose Day, UK

A charity event where people wear red noses to raise money for various causes

4. Jumping off a chair at the stroke of midnight, Denmark

Danish tradition involves leaping off chairs and into the new year as a symbol of leaving behind bad luck.

5. Krampusnacht, Austria

Celebrated on December 5th, people dress up as Krampus, a demonic creature that punishes naughty children.

Cheese-rolling in Gloucester, UK

6. Cheese rolling, UK

The rules are simple. A 9-pound, round Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down the hill given a one-second head start to the players who chase it down the hill. The first one to make it to the bottom and across the finishing line wins the cheese.

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7. The Running of the Bulls, Spain

Participants run in front of a group of bulls through the streets of Pamplona.

8. Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

A festival where people play in mud pits and compete in mud-related activities.

9. Burning Man, USA

An annual event in the Nevada desert known for its artistic expression and temporary community.

10. Gurning, UK

A competition where participants contort their faces into bizarre expressions.

11. Cheerleaders at Funerals, Taiwan

Some Taiwanese funerals feature cheerleaders to liven up the event.

12. Pickle Ornaments, Germany

Hanging a pickle-shaped ornament on the Christmas tree, and the child who finds it gets an extra present.

13. Wife Carrying Championship, Finland

Men race while carrying their wives on their backs.

14. Nagoro Doll Village, Japan

A village filled with thousands of life-sized dolls created by a local artist.

15. Monkey Buffet Festival, Thailand

A festival where the town provides a feast for hundreds of monkeys.

Holi Festival, India

16. Holi, India

Next celebrated in March 2024, Holi is a sacred ancient tradition of Hindus, a holiday in India and Nepal. To many Hindus and some non-Hindus, it is a playful cultural event and an excuse to throw coloured water at friends or strangers in jest.

17. Cow Parade, Various Locations

Artists decorate life-sized cow sculptures that are displayed in public places.

18. Day of the Dead, Mexico

A celebration of deceased loved ones with colourful altars and sugar skulls.

19. International Pillow Fight Day, Worldwide

A day when people gather in various cities for massive pillow fights.

20. International Hair Freezing Contest In Yukon, Canada

People from Yukon, Canada, celebrate the winter season by dunking their heads into hot springs and waiting for their hair to freeze over.

21. Laughter Yoga, India

A practice that combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing techniques.

22. Underwater Pumpkin Carving, USA

Divers carve pumpkins underwater for Halloween.

23. Gaki no Tsukai's "No Laughing" Batsu Game, Japan

A televised comedy show where comedians are subjected to hilarious and absurd challenges without laughing.

24. Belenismo, Philippines

Elaborate and artistic nativity scenes displayed during the Christmas season.

Dyeing the Chicago river green for St Patrick's Day

25. St Patrick's Day, Worldwide

St Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide. In Chicago, the tradition of dyeing the river green for St Patrick's Day has been a part of the city's festivities since 1962 and has become an annual event for locals and visitors alike. The tradition began when the city's Irish population wanted to honour their heritage.

These somewhat peculiar traditions may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they offer a glimpse into the diversity of humour and cultural practices around the world. Remember that what one culture finds amusing, another may not, so it's important to approach these traditions with an open mind and respect for cultural differences.

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