Festivals are usually reserved for summer months when the temperatures are friendly for a variety of outdoor activities. However, some festivals around the world are strange by virtue of the conditions in which they are conducted. There are quite a number of festivals that are conducted during winter periods when the temperatures are freezing.
The “Sapporo Snow Festival” which is held in February in Odori Park, Susukino and Tsudome Japan is one clear example of a strange festival. This festival was conceptualized in 1950, but today, it has become a major winter event that attracts more than 2 million visitors from different parts of the world. Foreign visitors also have the chance to enjoy different cuisines offered in Japan.
Winter in Alaska is characterized by freezing temperatures and snow, but this does not stop the people from engaging in outdoor activities that have become a major attraction. The “Fur Rendezvous Festival” which started in 1935 is held every year in Alaska, and it draws thousands of visitors from all over the world. The festival showcases various games and sports over a ten day period. Some of the games include men’s snowshoe softball as well as a grand prix race.
One major attraction of this festival is the World Championship Sledge Dog Race which attracts participants from different parts of the world. This festival is also characterized by local food and drinks to keep the participants warm from the freezing temperatures.
Another strange festival is held in Hermanus, Western Cape Province of South Africa. This particular festival is conducted during the winter period when the temperatures are very low in this region, and often characterized by snow. The Festival involves activities such as whale watching where these larger than life mammals can be seen from the cliffs beginning early June. There are also other activities such as driving through the beautiful winter scenery of the Western Cape. This region is also known for its wine and quality food comprising of exotic treats. For more weird festivals, visit reelislington.com.