15 of the Most Dangerous Festivals Around the World
Hadaka Matsuri, Japan
This festival dates back to 767 A.D. and various temples across Japan conduct it on different days in January and February.
As part of this ritual, thousands of men, dressed only in loin clothes, run through a pool of freezing water before struggling fiercely for a stick thrown from the window of a temple by the priest.
The lucky retriever in this free-for-all struggle is blessed with a year of happiness. Stampede is a constant threat during such events and several injuries have been reported over the years. In 2007, a man was crushed to death in the frenzy. Also, freezing water often leads to hypothermia.