Heard of the Japanese crying baby contest?

Did you know that there’s a 400 years old festival in Japan called “Naki Sumo festival” in which babies compete in crying?

I know, it sounds a bit crazy, but apparently it’s true and nothing new. According to Japanese tradition, a baby’s cry rejects evil spirits and grants a healthy growth. Babies between 6 and 18 months old are dressed in traditional clothing, placed in front of each other two and two in a sumo ring, and the judge screams “Nokotta!” (which can be translated to “Start to fight!”).

The baby that cries first becomes the winner.

Naki Sumo festival

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