Quiz: the world's most obscure traditions
And you thought Groundhog Day was weird...
At yuletide in Catalonia, families fashion a caga tió, a character made out of a small log which must be fed every day with fruits, nuts and sweets before being beaten with sticks on Christmas Eve. But what does caga tió mean?
In which country do people mark New Year’s Day by taking their empty suitcases for an invigorating walk around the neighbourhood?
‘El Salto del Colacho’ takes place in Castrillo de Murcia in northern Spain every year in early summer. The celebration sees grown men leaping over new-born infants – what do the men represent?
What is the name of the hill in Gloucestershire where the notorious Cheese Rolling contest takes place?
In which renowned competition is this Finnish man (depicted) participating?
In 16th century Mexico, vegetable sellers used to make sculptures of radishes to advertise in the markets. Since 1897 the custom has been celebrated with an annual festival in Oaxaca, the Night of the Radishes, on December 23. What is the Spanish name for the event?
Each summer close to 50,000 hedonists gather in the Nevada desert for eight days of mayhem, culminating in the burning of a giant wooden effigy. When was the very first Burning Man Festival?
At the World Worm Charming Championships in South Chesire, charmers gather each June to entice the creatures out of the ground using techniques such as patting the soil and playing music. What wins the competition?
The industrial town of Buñol in Valencia welcomes 20,000 visitors to throw tomatoes at one another in an oversized food fight every year on the last Wednesday in August. But what role does the Palo Jabón, a long greased pole with a ham at the top, play?
What is the name of Punxsutawney's groundhog?