This Mexican Town Celebrates Its Namesake Saint with Exploding Hammers

Despite several attempts to ban the practice and the handful of injuries it regularly causes, the tradition has carried on for 300 years.


Watch These Two Churches Go to Battle with Fireworks

Best. Tradition. Ever.


Kent Monkman’s Massive Renaissance-Style Paintings Upend Colonial Narratives

Kent Monkman is on a quest to squeeze as much throbbing detail into his energetic canvases as humanly possible.


All the Strange Ways Europeans Celebrate Christmas

VICE's European editors write about the craziest ways their countries celebrate the dark days of December.


Is WiFi the Route to Opening Your Third Eye?

Argentinian artist Oblinof mirrors the phenomenological world with the one that exists behind your screen.


Why My Mom's Mexican-Style Turkey Is Never Dry or Bland

She begins by rubbing the turkey generously with a magical, spiced dried chile paste. Cinnamon, cloves, and pepper are present—yet this is not quite a mole or a birria recipe. It is something entirely different.


Why Apple Bobbing Is Actually a Female Fertility Ritual

Apple-bobbing is more than just a watery Halloween game. Throughout history, it has been the dominion of witches, sex, love, and women—an act of enchantment rather than simple pomaceous fondling.


The Strange Tradition Where People Dress Up As Demons and Jump over Babies

The annual tradition is supposed to relinquish the babies' sins and protect them from all kinds of ailments—especially hernias.


Incredible Photos of KISS, Orks, and Uncle Sam Fighting Cows in Mexico

Every year, in the town of El Jazmin, a group of dancers dress in fancy costume to scare the animals, as part of a local festival.


Screw the Puritans and Eat More Mince Pies

Supermarket pies are the bearers of gloom rather than culinary joy. Don’t buy your pies—make them yourself, because it ain’t that hard. And the classic mince pie, frowned upon by the Puritans, is as good a place to start as any.


Learning to Make the Food of Chuseok, Korea's Version of Thanksgiving

Growing up in the Midwest, Chuseok—a celebration of food, family, and culture—was one of the ways I learned about my Korean heritage.


Azerbaijan Is Trying to Attract Tourism with Its Crude Oil Spas

While getting your crude oil all over the place is usually frowned upon, there's one town in Azerbaijan that's tied its fortune to dunking tourists in the stuff.