WATCH: The world's 10 most dangerous festivals

2018-09-07 10:30
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1. Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake - England, UK

From the top of the hill, the cheese is sent rolling down and what ensues is near chaos as participants throw themselves down the steep hill chasing the 4kg wheel of cheese rolling at 112km/h. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. The competitors are aiming to catch the cheese; however, it has around a one-second head start. 

2. Running of the Bulls - Spain

The 400-year-old tradition takes place each morning over eight days during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in northern Spain. The encierro (the actual running of the bulls) is the event at the heart of the festival. Every year, people are injured and bulls have gored to death 15 people since 1924.

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3. National Pyrotechnic Festival - Mexico 

This annual event is meant to promote and recognise the country's tradition of firework production and use. The festival takes place in Tultepec which produces the majority of Mexico's fireworks. Burns are common for thousands of revellers dancing amongst a cascade of lit fireworks.

4. Takanakuy Fighting Festival - Peru

This festival involves participants getting dressed up and literally fighting each other. Fighters pummel one another to settle old disputes with both friends and foes.

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5. Yanshui Behhive Fireworks Festival - Taiwan 

This festival is a sight to behold. People willingly stand around whilst fireworks go off all around them. Thousands of bottle rockets are fired into an armour-clad crowd. Getting hit by one is thought to bring good luck. 

6. Good Friday - Philippines 

The suffering of Jesus Christ is re-enacted by Catholic faithful, including being nailed to a cross. This one gets a bit gory as the re-enactment is taken quite literally. 

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7. Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival - Turkey

Before each bout, the wrestlers at the Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival pour olive oil over their entire bodies. The matches take place in an open, grassy field, with the contestants being bare except for knee-length trousers made of leather. The greasy wrestlers then try to hoist their opponents over their heads.

8. Calgary Stampede - Canada

The Calgary Stamped is a major annual rodeo, exhibition and festival but it has been called a "cruel spectacle of animal abuse." Over 80 horses have died in the last 30 years.

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9. Honored Pillars Festival - Japan

This is an event that sees people attempt to literally ride down a hill atop a giant tree log. The results are not always pretty. At least 10 people have died in the last 30 years riding the tree logs down hills in this ancient event.


10. Agni Keli Festival - India

This festival truly is fiery chaos as 2 groups attempt to set opponents ablaze by throwing torches. It gets lit. 

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