World's most dangerous traditions

Roshina Jowaheer
APTOPIX Spain El Colacho
APTOPIX Spain El Colacho



Ever seen a man dressed as a devil jumping over babies? It's one of the world's most bizarre and dangerous traditions you might come across on your travels. The unusual ritual takes place in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, but it's not the only place on the planet where infants are used in a jaw-dropping celebration. In one Indian village, locals toss babies from a five-foot tall plinth and catch them with a canvas sheet in a centuries-old ritual which is believed to bring prosperity. Yes, really!

Some of the less risky customs that are celebrated include the annual Polar Bear Plunge, which sees Americans run into the freezing water of the Sandy Point State Park for charity. The UK's Cheese Rolling Festival, however, is known for leaving participants who hurl themselves down steep Cooper's Hill with a few cuts and bruises.

Meanwhile, those who aren't afraid of a brush with death take part in Japan's Onbashira, a festival where participants ride a huge log down a steep hill and often results in injuries. Spain's Running of the Bulls attracts tourists to watch locals run a length of 825 metres alongside bulls. Since it was first held in 1924, 15 people have died and over 200 have been seriously injured at the event.

Take a look at more of the world's deadliest traditions you won't want to take part in below.



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