Top 6 WEIRDEST Catholic Traditions from All Over the World (feat. Kendra Tierney)

Kendra Tierney is passionate about keeping Catholicism weird. And when it comes to cultural traditions around the world… man oh man, does it get weird.

The top 6 wildest Catholic traditions around the world, in no particular order (plus one bonus one that might be… questionable…):

  1. Greasy Pole Competitions (Gostra)
  2. Dancing Eggs on Fountains (L’ou com balla)
  3. St. John’s Bonfires
  4. Wet Monday (Śmigus-Dyngus)
  5. St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
  6. St. Lucy’s Day

and…7? Baby Jumping (El Colacho)

These traditions—and the countless more across the globe—are not meant to distract us, but to integrate our faith into our local culture every day of the year. So, keep the faith, and keep it weird!

Kendra is a “mother of many” living just outside of Los Angeles, CA. She started Catholic All Year as a way to share the practice of celebrating the liturgical year in the home, and getting to know the saints and seasons of the Church calendar through food, prayer, and conversation. If you’d like her guide to liturgical living, it’s available in book-form in The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life and The Catholic All Year Prayer Companion: The Liturgical Year in Practice, both of which you can find at