Photos: Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

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Photos: Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

People in traditional costumes take part in the traditional “Las Carantonas” festival Jan. 20 in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
A woman dressed in traditional costume watches from a balcony the traditional “Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Women dressed in traditional costumes take part in the traditional “Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Women dressed in traditional costumes take part in the traditional “Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Men prepare themselves before taking part at “Las Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
A man is dressed as “Las Carantonas” before taking part in a festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
A mask of “Las Carantonas” is displayed prior of a festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Traditional costumes hang before taking part in the traditional “Las Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
A man is lifted by people after playing the Jarramplas in the Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
The Jarramplas makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
A Jarramplas mask lies on the ground before the start of the Jarramplas festival in Piornal, Spain.The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
A child dressed as Jarramplas during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
Turnips thrown at Jarramplas are seen on the ground during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival, meanwhile, features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.

Photos: Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

People in traditional costumes take part in the traditional “Las Carantonas” festival Jan. 20 in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
A woman dressed in traditional costume watches from a balcony the traditional “Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Women dressed in traditional costumes take part in the traditional “Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Women dressed in traditional costumes take part in the traditional “Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Men prepare themselves before taking part at “Las Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
A man is dressed as “Las Carantonas” before taking part in a festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
A mask of “Las Carantonas” is displayed prior of a festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
Traditional costumes hang before taking part in the traditional “Las Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, Spain. The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”). Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
A man is lifted by people after playing the Jarramplas in the Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
The Jarramplas makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
A Jarramplas mask lies on the ground before the start of the Jarramplas festival in Piornal, Spain.The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
A child dressed as Jarramplas during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
Turnips thrown at Jarramplas are seen on the ground during the Jarramplas festival in the tiny southwestern Spanish town of Piornal, Spain. The Jarramplas festival, meanwhile, features a man in multicolored garb and pointy wooden headgear to shield himself from turnips. A crowd of men in the street pelt the man with the vegetables from close range at the fiesta held annually at Piornal, 200 kilometers west of Madrid, over two days.
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