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In Pictures: Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

Updated : 2020-01-27 15:14:27

Two small towns in Extremadura, a province west of Madrid, offer unusual winter spectacles. One involves men putting on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca of the “Star Wars” series and another involves pelting a harlequin-type figure with raw turnips.

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. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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 kilometres west of Madrid, over two days. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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 kilometres west of Madrid, over two days. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man is lifted by people after playing the Jarramplas. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man is lifted by people after playing the Jarramplas. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A Jarramplas mask lies on the ground before the start of the Jarramplas festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A Jarramplas mask lies on the ground before the start of the Jarramplas festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A child dressed as Jarramplas during the Jarramplas festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A child dressed as Jarramplas during the Jarramplas festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Men prepare themselves before taking part at
Men prepare themselves before taking part at "Las Carantonas" festival in Acehuche, Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
The Carantonas involves men pulling on animal hides that make them look like Chewbacca. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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 (
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 colourful embroidered shawls and skirts as the music plays. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A mask of
A mask of "Las Carantonas" is displayed prior to a festival in Acehuche. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man is dressed as
A man is dressed as "Las Carantonas" before taking part in a festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Women dressed in traditional costumes take part in the traditional
Women dressed in traditional costumes take part in the traditional "Carantonas" festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
People in traditional costumes take part in the traditional
People in traditional costumes take part in the traditional "Las Carantonas" festival. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Women parade in colourful embroidered shawls and skirts as the music plays. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Women parade in colourful embroidered shawls and skirts as the music plays. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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