It’s Easter weekend! So, we’ve decided to bring you some weird and wonderful holidays that are celebrated around the world. Some are religious, some not so much…
Pink Thursday, Sweden
Pink Thursday, or Skärtorsdag, as it’s known in its native Sweden, is the equivalent of Maundy Thursday, and many have named it so as ‘skär’ is Swedish for ‘pink’. Nowadays, Pink Thursday is celebrated in a less religious fashion, and instead, the holiday has taken a turn down the Pagan path. Each year on Pink Thursday it’s rumoured that witches mount their broomsticks and head to the legendary mount Blåkulla, where apparently they dance with the devil himself…
Night of the Radishes, Mexico
The Night of the Radishes is a Mexican holiday which sees many Mexicans carving radishes with intricate faces – much in the same way that pumpkins are carved during Halloween. The festival, which begins at 7pm on the 23 December, and ends at 6am the following morning, is the culmination of some very competitive radish-raising throughout the Mexican community – with prizes available in a range of different radish-related competitions. The tradition dates back to Mexico’s colonial period, where the tradition was introduced by Spanish explorers, and radishes would be carved to draw attention to stalls in Mexican Christmas markets.
Tinku ‘punch your neighbour’ festival, Bolivia
Probably not one to reserve for a celebratory street party or a communal BBQ, the Tinku festival is a Bolivian tradition which essentially translates as the ‘punch your neighbour’ festival. Taking place in early May each year, Tinku’s roots date back to the Spanish conquest, where the Bolivian people were forced by the Spanish colonialists to fight with each other as a form of entertainment. Nowadays, it’s more of a celebration of ritualistic dance traditions in the country; however, fists do still fly.
Caroling with a Dead Horse, Wales
It sounds like it’s been reeled off a list of programme ideas by Alan Partridge, after Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank and Arm Wrestling with Chas and Dave, but Caroling with a Dead Horse is actually a celebrated day in Wales. Mari Lwyd is a Christmas time tradition – usually taking place on New Year’s Eve – where a skeletal and rather spectral mare rises from the dead and tries to bust into your house. On the night of the ritual, a dead mare’s skull is placed atop a pole, with a sheet covering the puppeteer beneath. If the dead horse appears at your door, what usually happens is as follows: the horse and its entourage will sing a traditional Welsh carol which asks if they can come in; you reply with witty rhyming retorts; if your replies are a bit lame, then the horse et al come inside for treats and drinks.
National Punctuation Day, Global?!
national punctuation day takes place on the 24 september each year and is a celebration of proper punctuation this is less of a religious ritual and more of a pedants dream when it comes to correcting their colleagues and friends rogue apostrophe’s