Japanese Babies Compete in Crying Sumo Contest

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Wail to win! Credit: Toru Yamanaka, AFP / Getty Images

Sometimes being a cry baby is a good thing.

At the annual Naki Sumo (crying baby contest) in Japan, Sumo wrestlers and high priests encourage babies to a hysterical state of screaming and crying, U.K.'s The Telegraph reports.

The winner is the baby who cries longest and loudest.

Parents bring their babies to the event, which takes place at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, to pray for their children's good health. The 400-year-old ritual is also believed to ward off evil spirits, according to the Telegraph.

Related: 10 Tips to Soothe a Crying Baby

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.