Feria de Cascamorras, Baza, Andalucia, Spain © Pepe Bautista

Feria de Cascamorras, Spain

Festivals don’t get much slimier than this traditional celebration in Andalucia.

Fireball swinging at the Stonehaven New Year's celebrations © Chia Lynn

Great balls of fire, Scotland

Take that, health and safety people! Another foolhardy British tradition – this time with huge fireballs and a whole lot of flammable kilts – lives on.

Scarborough beach football match between the fishermen and firemen on Boxing Day © myrddrr

Comedy football match, England

A festive fancy dress football match between fishermen and fireman in Scarborough, with a dunking for the losers.

Burning tar barrels are carried on the heads of villagers in Allendale, Northumberland on New Year's Eve © Buachallbo/Michael Hanley

Tar barrels parade, England

The brave villagers of Allendale in Northumberland celebrate New Year with some rather spectacular headgear.

Barrel rolling takes place in Grantchester, near Cambridge, every Boxing Day © Franschhoek Wine Valley

Grantchester barrel rolling, England

This sleepy little Cambridgeshire village barrels into life on Boxing Day.

Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea Carnival, Italy

Battle of the Oranges, Italy

Italy’s biggest food fight takes place during the Ivrea Carnival, and yes – citrus fruit is the missile of choice.

Kaiju Big Battel

Kaiju Big Battel, USA

Monster lovers, maniacs and anime geeks – this is the spectator sport for you.

An elephant painting at Surin Elephant Festival, Thailand © How3ird

Elephant Roundup, Thailand

The largest living land animal playing football, running races, painting and re-enacting battles.

Up Helly Aa, aka the Shetland Fire Festival in Lerwick, Scotland © Douglas Baird

Up Helly Aa, Scotland

Mix Scottish and Viking traditions and you get one seriously big fire festival.

Warrior Dash @ Red Frog Events

Warrior Dash, USA

Who’s scared of a little mud? No? How about gallons of it, raging fires and wannabe Vikings snapping at your heels?


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