Top 5 Madly Insane Spanish Festivals

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Spain recently celebrated its La Tomatina festival, which saw thousands of tourists and locals flock to the little town of Bunol to throw tomatoes at each other! If you think that is weird check out our pick of the strangest festivals that Spain throws each year, some of them are just downright disturbing!

5 – Entrodia

Kicking off our top 5 is the Entroida festival, which happens in the town of Laza in northern Spain. This festival sees people flocking to the streets and throwing muddy rags at each other in the attempt to cover each other in mud. A selection of young men then head to the mountains to collect fire ants in sacks and then bring them back to the town where they cover them in vinegar to rile them up and then run round throwing them in people’s faces.

Mud Festival

4 – Fiesta De Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Festival of the near death experience)

This festival in northwest Spain sees those who have had near death experiences carried through the town in coffins to the Santa Marta de Ribarteme church. After this the procession heads on to the cemetery, and then to a shrine, where friends of those in coffins will offer financial tokens of gratitude for their loved ones surviving their near death experience.

Coffins being carried

3 – Goat Throwing Festival

Every year in the village of Manganses de la Polvorosa, in honour of Saint Vincent, a goat was carried to the top of the village church tower and thrown into the crowd below who would catch the falling animal with a canvas sheet. The goat would then be paraded through the town and cheered by onlookers. However, due to animal rights groups demanding the end of the festival the goat throwing was banned in 2002. The festival still goes ahead today but a toy goat is used rather than a live one.

goat

2 – El Colacho

Once a year in Castrillo de Murcia the international baby jumping festival takes place. This involves men dressed as the devil jumping over babies that were born over the previous 12 months. The ritual is thought to bless newborn babies and remove any sin preparing them for a life with God. Babies are set in rows of two and up to ten children can be leapt over in one jump!

baby jumping

1 – The Running Of The Bulls

One of the most popular festivals in Spain is the Fiesta San Fermin and the running of the bulls part of the festival sees bulls let loose in the streets where they charge at runners for 825 meters into the bullring. The run usually lasts between 3 and 4 minutes and as long as you are over 18 and sober you are allowed to participate!

Charging Bulls

If you liked the look of any of these or know someone that would love a trip to Spain, then why not use Shareagift to group fund the perfect trip. Alternatively this may have given you an idea for a fundraising event for a cause that is close to your heart. With Shareagift you can collect money online with others to support those in need. We have also seen Shareagift used to fund local projects and events, why not fund your own event and put your town on the map!

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Top 5 Most Expensive Weddings Ever!

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1. Prince Charles & Diana

Also called the ‘Wedding of the Century’, this royal wedding cost around $110 million, a number yet to be beaten. Watched by 750 million people worldwide, the wedding was broadcast in 74 countries. There were 27 wedding cakes in total for the 3500 guests who attended the ceremony. Several years later, this wedding still remains a sensation.

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2. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makotum & Princess Salama

This Arabian wedding cost about $100 million and the wedding was a celebration over a 7-day event. An amphitheatre was built specifically for this purpose to accommodate their 20,000 guests. Guests were flown in on 34 private jets and the couple awarded a bright red Mercedes to the main performer of the wedding!

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3. Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia

She is the daughter of India’s richest man, Lakshmi Mittal. The wedding was estimated at $78 million and was held at the Palace of Versailles, France. Invitations to the guests were on a 20 page silver book that included plane tickets and rooms at a five-star Paris hotel. There were more than 200 different dishes on the menu for the 5-day festivities.

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4. Prince William & Kate Middleton

This royal wedding cost $34 million with the second most expensive dress worth $400,000, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Costs mounted with an $80,000 wedding cake and flowers worth $800,000. The Queen also hosted a luncheon for 600 people and 1900 guests were present at the wedding ceremony.

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5. Kim Kardarshian & Kanye West

The wedding cost $30 million and the celebrations lasted for an entire weekend in both France and Italy. Kim wore the most expensive wedding dress, a custom-made gown by Givenchy estimated at $2.1 million. Lana del Rey was paid $2.8 million to sing at their pre-wedding party and there were flowers worth $75,000.

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Be it a wedding in space or a simplistic wedding in your home, collect funds online and make your wedding a grand celebration. Set up a wedding fund on Shareagift to make your dream wedding come true.

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