World's Wackiest Holidays
Think relying on a groundhog's shadow to predict the end of winter makes little sense? Check out even stranger celebrations from around the world.
weird-wacky-holidays_ss_003Ivana Kupala --
Summer solstice is celebrated during the Ivana Kupala festival near Orsha, Belarus. Originally a pagan tradition, the festival includes bathing in a lake or river, plus jumping over burning campfires -- a practice believed to purify oneself of sin. 960 1280
weird-wacky-holidays_ss_007"Up Helly Aa" --
The traditional festival of fire known as "Up Helly Aa" takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January in Shetland, UK. Participants in full costume haul a Viking longboat through the streets as paraders throw flaming torches into the galley. 960 1280