Events

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

Up Helly Aa, Scotland

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

The Burning of the Clavie, Burghead, in Moray, Scotland © Skatedog
JANUARY

Burning the Clavie, Burghead

More proof of national pyromania in Scotland, as if any were needed.

Photo © tunarama.net
JANUARY

Tunarama Festival, Australia

Of all of the things that a festival could celebrate, tuna fish has got to be one of the weirdest.

Photo © Jonathan Hawk
JANUARY

Cockroach Races, Australia

Every year on Australia Day, the Story Bridge Hotel of Brisbane listens out for the pitter-patter of tiny feet. Really tiny feet.

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JANUARY

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, England

Dress up as a straw bear and dance for the locals, who might give you some food or drink out of sympathy.

Photo © Tajai June
JANUARY

Thaipusam festival, Malaysia

Cages of spikes, cheeks and tongues skewered by tridents, and sharp hooks dug into fleshy bits. It sounds more like a scene from hell than a spiritual celebration.

Photo © Al-capone-36
JANUARY

Camel wrestling, Turkey

Cockfights, dogfights and bearfights might be out of fashion, but camel wrestling is a whole different animal – and one very much alive and kicking.

New Year Witch, Italy © Sean O'Neill
JANUARY

New Year witch, Italy

While some lucky kids can expect Santa at Christmas, others will have to make do with an old hag.

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