Cooper’s Hill cheese-Rolling and Wake festival is considered to be one of the craziest cultural activity in the world.
This festival has existed from 15th century, celebrating annually in the Cooper Hill in Bank holiday when all the bank close their office in the spring, often in the last Monday of May.
The original cheese-rolling festival even did not have cheese, people would drop things like burning bushes, candy boxes … to pray for good weather, good crops.
The manner of this festival is quite simple but has so much danger: Famous Gloucester cheese is as big as Lead tires, weighing 3 – 5kg, covered with wood, beautifully decorated. Then, the organizers will roll it from the top of the hill on a vertical slope about 200m long.
The player has the mission to chasing the cheese, whoever hits it will become the winner. Sound too simple, right? In fact, cheeses can reach speeds of 112km /h, to win this game means you have to run “half-and-half” and inevitably stumble or roll down from the top of the hill. As a rule, each game will have about 20 participants.
Regardless of the injury, even the life, surely the prize will be huge? No, that piece of cheese is a reward, that’s all.
Because it was so dangerous, for a number of years, the organizers Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake temporarily replaced the cheese with a lighter material to reduce the rolling speed. In addition, the barrier is strictly regulated so that the player or the cheese block does not injure any spectators.
In addition, an ambulance is also prepared in advance, ready to give first aid to countless cases of fractures, spinal vertebrae… In general, just watching it hurts the participants.
Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake has been repeatedly condemned, even the British police have stepped in to stop but failed. The number of participants is increasing every May 28th every year.