Thaipusam Festival in India and elsewhere
This intense Hindu festival is a tribute to Lord Murugan, the god of war, and involves some of the most insane body piercings imaginable. Apparently, the more pain you can endure, the more blessings you shall receive. People attach heavy objects to their piercings and in some cases, they actually tow tractors from hooks embedded in their skin.
It’s typically celebrated in southern India, but since this is a religious celebration, it occurs wherever there is a large Tamil community. It’s celebrated in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and parts of the Caribbean, among others. It begins the on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, which is around January or February.