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Top 10: Bizarre Festivals

As the summer festival season gets underway, we take a look at the roots of some of the world’s most extraordinary events...

Festival of the Bizarre

THE NIGHT OF THE RADISHES

The Noche de Rábanos is an annual radishcarving festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. Every 23 December, the humble red-and-white root is transformed into sculptures and celebrated – but, why? No one really knows for sure, but one story wins out in the hearts of the locals: in the 18th century, a couple of friars harvested a long-forgotten crop of oversized and misshapen veg. They looked so entertaining, the holy men took them to the Christmas market, where they inspired copy-cat carvers.

ALAMY X2, ISTOCK X1, GETTY X6, MARY EVANS X1
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June 2015 issue of History Revealed