What better way to celebrate Christmas than to get wasted, wear a Mexican lucha Libre-inspired mask and get into a good old fashioned fistfight with your family, friends and/or neighbors?
For the Andean villagers living in the Peruvian province of Chumbivilcas, this is their celebration of choice for the holidays.
But there is a method to their madness.
Referred to as Takanakuy, the bizarre – but kind of awesome – festival involves entire towns gathering in an arena setting to watch community members settle disputes by fighting each other. No age or gender is excluded. Watch the amazing video to see these ladies take cat flight to another level.
Takanakuy, very aptly translates to “when the blood is boiling” in Quechua (the primary language in the region).
The idea is to keep it together throughout the year with respect to civil or personal disputes and then let it all out in a public forum on December 25. Locals believe that venting in this way is effective in solving conflicts and actually strengthening community bonds amongst these Andean villages.
Maybe it’s high time for Republicans and Democrats to try this method out. It might have been more successful than their more passive aggressive approach to Obamacare that culminated in the epic government shutdown in October.