Catching up with the head of cheese, the newspaper as a rescue from an enraged bull and, finally, how is Georgian rugby different from English? Today, let’s talk about games for those who are 18+.
Running with wives on shoulders: Finland, Sonkajärvi
Countries where such races are held are many: the USA, Australia, India, Russia, Great Britain, China. The main rule is one: men with spouses on the neck must
overcome the obstacle course. The distance is usually about 200-250 m. During the race, the wife should not touch the ground.
Someone is carrying his second half, thrown over his shoulder, someone is planting on his back, and someone on his shoulders. There are three restrictions. Firstly, it must be the wife, not just the fair sex. Secondly, it must be at least 18 years old. Thirdly, its weight should be at least 49 kg. The winner is the one who comes to the finish line first, without violating the rules. He receives as a reward a quantity of beer equal to the weight of his wife; sometimes pay and cash rewards.
“It all depends on the weight of the wife. Some of the women I saw at such a festival weighed so much that I can not imagine how their husbands did not overstay when they tore off their spouses from the ground. Imagine how long they then had to treat their backs! “(User philistine, Newcastle Herald).
Fighting on toes (toasting): United Kingdom
Some fight on their hands, and some experience the strength of their legs. Athletes sit opposite each other, mating with their toes and trying to press the opponent’s foot to the ground. The winner is the one who will succeed. From the side, the competition seems safe. In fact, this is not so. Due to the fact that the fingers are fastened with a lock, fractures are not excluded. So, Alan Nash, who in 2017 won the title of world champion in toresling for the 14th time, once in just one round he managed to break four fingers.
“It is a pity that he does not pass every day. I have a talent for walking in slippers in the rain. Therefore, the fingers are not weaker than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Could I lose to the owner of the thumbs, like the Pee-Vee Herman? “(Contest participant, American Beki in an interview with The Daily Mail).
Cooperschild cheese race: United Kingdom, Gloucestershire
Participants gather at the top of the hill, with which a cheese head with a weight of 1.5 to 3.5 kg is given at a signal. The task is to cross the finish line first. All would be nothing if the length of the slope was not more than 180 m, and the slope – about 45-50 °. The speed of the cheese head can reach 112 km / h, where you can keep up with it! Yes, and the participants themselves to stay on their feet, descending from such a slope by running, is very problematic. Many reach the finish line with already broken limbs and other injuries.
Viewers need to stay at the foot of the hill. The first race starts around 09: 30-10: 00, and the last one – around 1:00. You can watch the spectacle for free.
Dislocations, sprains, bruises and fractures occur every year. But in 2005, the race even decided to interrupt: ambulances did not have time to deliver the victims to the local hospital. In 2009, the government banned the game, but the traditions were stronger. As a result, the race is held to this day. As a reward, the winner receives a glistening cheese head, made by hand according to an old recipe.
“My tactic was simple: to stay on my feet and run as fast as I can, so I came first. It’s funny that I can not stand the smell or taste of this cheese! And only after the victory I thought about it “(Englishman Joseph Shepherd, one of the winners of the races).
Lelo: Georgia, the village of Shuhuti
An unusual Easter tradition: Georgian rugby. The task: in any way, take away from the other team a leather ball weighing about 16 kg and transfer it to a specific place. In the fight, all means are good, so the first wounded appear at the very beginning of the game. To help them promptly, ambulance teams are on duty next door.
If one of the players falls or is badly done to him, the others raise their hands so that the injured can be quickly picked up and assisted. True, when in 2015 a man died on the field, the game was never interrupted. But in the past year, the fight ended in just 20 minutes and cost no casualties. The game takes place in any weather and lasts until the winners are determined. By tradition, the ball after the match is buried in the grave of a man who died last in the village.
“I love rugby and often play it. When I learned that this game is called Georgian rugby, I thought that we should try to play it. But it was too hard. I could not stand it and left the game in the first minutes – and still I was afraid that some body would come to me “(Englishman Charles Hoggart, participant in the game).
Race with the bulls: Spain, Pamplona
Runners sprint ahead of bulls during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY The participants of the Spanish Festival of Saint Firmin wear simple clothes: a white outfit and a red scarf. And many have a newspaper in their hands to distract the bull in case of an attack. The task: to overcome 850 m of the streets of the Old City – from the pen, from which the bulls are released, to the city arena. On average, animals run after humans for about three minutes, but for some they become the last.
For those who want to become a spectator, there are two options: to reserve a place on the balcony along the way of the bulls or to go to the arena for bullfighting. The first option costs € 60-110 per person, while the bulls rush down the street in seconds. The second option will cost in the range of € 6-10, and all the way of the herd you look at the big screen, and the race to the arena – live.
Along the route doctors are on duty. But without injuries, not a single year is enough. So, in 2017, 12 people were seriously injured, the others got off bruises and bruises. Nevertheless, in 2013 the Senate of Spain passed a law, according to which the corrida became the cultural property of the country.
“There are people who touch bulls, slap them with folded newspapers, rush at them. If after such tricks you came out of the water, you’re a hero … Running girls are very few, and they are trying to protect them. When the first bulls appeared, a number of guys blocked me from animals … But I still could not stand it and left the race. You tirelessly get tired of running away all the time “(Russian Katerina Stef, participant of the race).
Races on the beds: Thailand, Pattaya
Pattaya is the birthplace of races, international races are held here, the National are held in the UK and Russia.
What do participants need to do? Pay the fee, put the bed on the wheels, think over the design of the vehicle. The bed should be designed in accordance with the declared subject: a taxi, a spaceship, a flying saucer, a hut or something. Victory is awarded to someone who crosses the finish line faster than everyone, and his vehicle will be more interesting than others. Prizes and glory are guaranteed.
“It’s like a carnival … boxes on wheels, carts, and all decorated. Four people run next to the bed, they roll, the fifth person sits on it. One of the teams lost on the road their fifth, had to run close to him … Who wanted to have fun, had fun. And who wanted to sleep, whined all the way home, that wasted time wasted. In short, everything as always – they get pleasure from those who are positive “(user asshev, site Otzovik).
Buzkashi: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Severe version of polo. There is a rider, there is a horse. And there is a carcass of a goat kilogram 50-60, for which the riders are fighting. It is important either to take possession of it and keep it as long as possible, or to throw the carcass into a certain zone. It is forbidden to take a carcass on a croup or a horse’s wit. You can only hold it on the weight or press it to the horse and hold it with the foot released from the stirrup.
The game is so adventurous that often riders do not see anything except carcasses, continually flying into the spectators. Therefore, those are on their feet in time to escape. It does not do without injuries and among the contestants: it happens, and the horses fall, and the blows get.
To raise a horse, you have to spend. However, the winners get good prizes: goats, sheep, carpets and blankets are at stake in any game, and it happens that the winner gets a horse, a camel or even a car. In Buzkashi they play throughout the steppe zone of Asia, in Kyrgyzstan, for example, too.
“You feel like a kitten that is inside the washing machine. No! I’ve had one time! More than me no money to participate will not lure “(American Bill Morris).
“My grandfather, my father, played in the Buzkashi, and now I am. Some do not understand why we need such expenses. But for us, a horse is like a child “(a resident of Tajikistan, Kurbonali).