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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

6 February 2019. Don’t Try This At Home… Las Luminarias Festival in Spain

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On the eve of the Catholic feast of St Anthony (17 January), the Las Luminarias festival occurs in the village of San Bartolomé de Pinares in Spain. People ride horses through bonfires in order to rid the beasts of sin, purify them, and to give them protection for the coming year. Oh, yes… they cheat… they douse the horses in water before riding them through the fire. The locals build around 20 bonfires; around a hundred horses and riders take part. Don’t try this at home…

BMD

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

1 January 2013. From the Russian Web… You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up. Flour War in Spain… No Lie… Look at the Images

00a Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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00b Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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00c Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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00d Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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00f Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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00e Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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00g Flour War in Spain. Ibi in Valencia. 01.01.13

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In Spain, there’s a small town in Valencia called Ibi. It doesn’t have much in the way of historical sites; it sure isn’t a typical resort with luxury hotels. Nevertheless, the town has an interesting tradition that annually draws in tourists and journalists. The town holds a flour war. Yep, every year, on 28 December, the town’s almost completely covered with flour by the time it’s all over. The festival of Els Enfarinats is part of the celebrations of the Day of the Innocents. The tradition is over 200 years old, and had its modern revival in 1981. It’s part of the Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s clear that all concerned have tons of fun. How much vino español flows during this, I wonder? Truly, you can’t make shit like this up…

BMD

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