A Yemeni man leaps over a two camels during the opening ceremony of the Sanaa Summer Festival in the capital Sanaa on Aug. 18, 2013.
Credit: Mohammed Huwais

It's only fitting that today, the day of the first Great Trojan Camel Wrestling Festival in Canakkale, Turkey, we take a look at the other camel-centric celebrations around the world. (And yes, camel wrestling is pretty much what it sounds like.)

There's India's International Camel fair at Bikaner in Rajasthan, where ornately dressed camels dance to their master's tune, bopping and hopping up and down with fancy footwork.

There's also the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Camel Festival, held at the Shweihan racecourse in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. Camel racing is a popular sport in the Middle East. It's sort of like horse racing, but, you know, with camels. 

In the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival, judges in December last year somehow told the difference between a beautiful camel and an ugly one. 

Ali Al Mansouri, a member of the Mazayna Al Dhafra organizing committee, told The National that the judges look for camels with "big heads, wide necks, firm ears, broad cheeks and big whiskers.”

And finally, there's Yemen's camel jumping competitions. Men in west coast Zaraniq tribe leap over a line of camels in a single bound. The man who jumps over the most camles is declared the winner. 

Take a look at camel jumping here:

  • Camels walk along sand dunes in the Liwa desert before the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival on Dec. 22, 2013. The festival includes a camel beauty contest.
    Credit: Karim Sahib
  • Emiratis prepare their camels for a competition during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert, 150 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on Dec. 20, 2011.
    Credit: Karim Sahib
  • A Yemeni man leaps over a two camels during the opening ceremony of the Sanaa Summer Festival in the capital Sanaa on Aug. 18, 2013.
    Credit: Mohammed Huwais
  • Yemeni men leap over a two camels during the opening ceremony of the Sanaa Summer Festival in the capital Sanaa on Aug. 18, 2013.
    Credit: Mohammed Huwais
  • Child jockeys take the start of a traditional camel race during the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Camel Festival in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi on Feb. 16, 2013.
    Credit: Karim Sahib
  • Child jockeys take the start of a traditional camel race during the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Camel Festival in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi on Feb. 16, 2013.
    Credit: Karim Sahib
  • Jockeys compete during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival, on December 21, 2012 near the city of Madinat Zayed, 150 kms west of Abu Dhabi.
    Credit: Karim Sahib
  • Jockeys take the start of a traditional camel race during the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Camel Festival, held at the Shweihan racecourse, in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi on Feb. 16, 2013.
    Credit: Karim Sahib

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