Serving The Communities Of Portal and Rodeo (www.portal-rodeo.com)
Takanakuy: Settling Scores at a Fist-Fighting Festival in the Peruvian Andes
Each year on Dec. 25, thousands of locals gather in the town of Santo Tomás — dressed in elaborate costumes — to dance, drink and duke it out. Men, women and children too. And, after they beat the hell out of each other, they hug, kiss, and have a good laugh.
Not to be outdone, we staged our very own Takanakuy. Howard Topoff and Marilyn Forestell beat each other to a pulp, followed by Lee Dyal taking on his grandson Lucas. Watch the videos, if you can stand the violence!
The Mandatory Post-Fight Hug
New York City Polar Bear Club - Coney Island
A sampling of a few less violent New Year’s traditions
Denmark: breaking plates.
Ecuador: giant effigies
Which are burned at midnight
Bolivia - Wearing colorful underware
Philippines - - Wearing all things ROUND
Puerto Rico - Water Out The Window
South Africa - also out the window (or door)
Romania - dress up like a bear
Burma - water festival
(Don’t ask - look it up)