Get your passport ready! Our Team has spent weeks researching the World’s top destinations for fertility!
The Cerne Abbas Giant
In the UK there is a large white chalk carving of a naked man. The carving is 55 miles high and 51 miles wide on the hillside of a village named Cerne Abbas (in the county of Dorset). The origins of the carving remain a bit of a mystery but the folklore is that any woman who sleeps on the carving will have boosted fertility and will fall pregnant soon after. Click the below link for more information on the Cerne Abbas Giant.
This ancient structure has been around since 3600 B.C. Ggantija is a complex of two megalithic temples in Gozo, a Maltese Island. It is believed that Ggantija could have been used as a fertility cult gathering place because of the figurines and statues found inside were those associated with fertility.
The Mên-an-Tol, Cornwall, United Kingdom
In the UK, there is a large stone with a hole through the middle that has some fertility folklore behind it. The stone has been in Cornwall for 4500 years! Its original name Men-an-Tol actually means “The Hole Stone” in the old Cornish language. The lore behind this one is that if a woman walks through the stone’s hole 7 times on a full moon, she will soon be pregnant. http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/history/sites/men_an_tol.htm
Watering of the Girls, Holloko, Hungary
Holloko, the world heritage village in northern Hungary holds an annual festival called The Watering of the Girls. This event is held every year as part of traditional Easter festivities where the young men dress up in traditional formal clothing and throw buckets of water over women. This is said to be a tribal fertility ritual used to boost their fertility and bless them with children. http://www.courant.com/news/nation-world/hc-dip-easter-water-girls-photo.html
Everard‘t Serclaes Statue, Brussels, Belgium
A monument made in the 19th century was dedicated to Serclaes who had succeeded in taking back the city of Brussels after the Flemish attack in 1356 but was later assassinated. It is believed that if you touch this bronze statue it will give you good luck and boost your fertility. http://www.fodors.com/news/the-luckiest-places-on-earth-6299.html
Hōnen Matsuri and Kanamara Matsuri, Japan
There is a huge Japanese fertility festival named Honen Masturi held every year on March 15th in the town of Komaki. The festival is based around large structures that represent male genitalia and the essential parts of the event include Shinto priests playing music, a vibrant parade, all you can drink sake (an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice) and a very large wooden phallus. This festival is now a major tourist attraction and is also used to raise money for HIV research. http://www.worldguide.eu/wg/index.php?StoryID=146 HYPERLINK “http://www.worldguide.eu/wg/index.php?StoryID=146&ArticleID=7161″& HYPERLINK “http://www.worldguide.eu/wg/index.php?StoryID=146&ArticleID=7161″ArticleID=7161
Victor Noir Grave, Paris, France
Among other residents of Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, Victor Noir’s grave has become a very well-known and sought out tourist attraction. Folklore says that if you kiss the statue on the lips it will enhance fertility. The statue has been kissed so many times that the lips are polished. It is also said it will help you to have a blissful or “healthy” sex life as well. http://www.pbase.com/gregorysullivan/cimetiere_du_pere_lachaise_paris_france
Obando Fertility Rites, Philippines
Annually there is a spring festival held in the town of Obando, Philippines. All the people of Obando dance in the streets to honor their patron saints including San Pascual Baylon, Santa Clara and Nuestra Senora de Salambao. For three days, devotees ask the gods for a child or husband or wife or just good fortune.
The Weeping Column, Istanbul, Turkey
People from all over have been coming to see the weeping column found inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Turkey for centuries. The white marble column was taken from the temple of Artemis in Ephesus and it is believed that the column weeps holy water that is capable of curing anything from blindness to infertility. Legend has it that if you put your thumb in the hole and turn it 360 degrees and your thumb comes out damp, all your ailments will be cured. http://www.theguideistanbul.com/spots/view/835/hagia-sophia-aya-sofya-muzesi/
Ivan Kupala Day, Eastern Europe
Ivan Kupala day was first celebrated Eastern Europe during the summer solstice to signify the people’s connection with Dazhbog (the Slavic god of the Sun). Now it is a festival adopted by the Orthodox Christian Church centered on the role of water in fertility and purification (the name “Kupala” in fact means bathing and fertility). This holiday is very popular with younger people of the region. There are a few traditions that people celebrate on this day including bonfires that people, and often couples, jump over to show bravery and faith. If a couple jumps and let their hands slip the relationship is said to be doomed. Women will float wreaths of flowers and candles through rivers and then watch them to see what patterns the flowers make to predict the future fortune of their relationships. Men will try to take the wreaths from the river hoping to catch the attention of the one who put the wreath in.
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There is an old tradition and celebration that thousands of people come together for in a town named Oshogbo, Nigeria. It is meant for people to pay respects to the goddess of fertility, the celebration lasts an entire week. Traditionally a virgin selected by the gods, carries objects to the river Oshun where the goddess of water is said to live. A number of people and worshippers follow behind the virgin praying to the gods for prosperity and for more children. At the river people will put in flowers and other offerings as a sacrifice to the goddess.