The strangest festivals in Europe

Festival of snow and ice sculpture, Bruges, Belgium

We start with a not so strange but really impressive festival that take place in Bruges in the heart of winter. This year will come about from November 22 to January 5, 2015 and will host 55 sculptures of 250 tons of ice by about 28 artists. Older visitors describe it as a "life experience". There are presented complex and detailed sculptures of people and creatures from movies. The festival each year focuses on a theme such as Disney, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. There are also slippery surfaces made of ice to entertain children in playgrounds entirely of ice, while adults can enjoy drinks served in ice glasses, sit in frozen chairs in icy bar! A lot of ice in general...

The Carnival of Venice, Italy

The Carnival of Venice is definitely one of the longest and most famous in the world. Of course Venice itself, is a sufficient reason to attract visitors from every part of the world. Carnivals history goes back centuries, the origins derived from the Greek Dionysian festivals, while the first historical record of is dated in 1268. The special costumes, the typical Venetian masks, made here by local craftsmen give unique character and make it stand out as the most authentic and away from external influences and globalized trends.

Carnevale di Ivrea, Ivrea, Italy

We go to Ivrea, a small town 30 km away from Turin and a festival for warlikes and lovers of vitamin C! Tons of oranges are transported across the province of Italy to Ivrea, to supply residents and visitors before they start the "Battle of oranges» (La Battaglie delle Arance). The orange-war of Ivrea revived each year celebrations of carnival has its roots in the Middle Ages and the rising of the people against the local tyrant, who adopt the legal right to sleep with any woman he wanted but he found trouble from the millers daughter when she refused, and together with her, all residents revolted against tyrants. Today the stones are replaced by oranges in this representation of that battle. Floats representing tyrants and the pedestrians attack as the throng did many years ago.

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

Another battle, this of tomato takes place in the town Buñol near Valencia on the last Wednesday of August. This unprecedented tomato-war among cheering crowds is something similar to the Italian Battle of Oranges and takes place in the central town square, Plaza del Pueblo. Of course throwing glasses and other objects is prohibited, as well as the necessary press of the tomato before dropping to avoid injuries. In the end, the clothes are not just dirty but rather useless. According to the most popular point of view, the  the tradition started when the townspeople attacked the governors with tomatoes. The event was repeated the following years until became a tradition.

Batalla del Vino, Haro, Spain

Another battle coming of the "warlike" Spanish, held every year on June 29 in the town of Haro. It is a grand douse with wine, a great event for the small town, in which are transported tons of wine. The rules require participants to wear white clothes necessary that once watered with wine, make the city look like a purple sea. The course guides the mayor, who gives the signal for the beginning of this if anything drunk custom.

Cooper’s Hill Annual Cheese Rolling, Gloucester)

It is an annual event held near Gloucester in England. According to tradition, from the top of a hill, is left a round head cheese to roll and after it running contestants chase it. The goal of course is highly unlikely as the cheese is one second lead and speed up to 112 km/h. This fact and some injuries from the really heavy cheese, transformed the organization into a simple race between contestants, behind a copy of the cheese. The winner receives a cheese as a gift (what else?).

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