Whirling Dervishes on stilts

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How to whirl downhill on a cobbled street and on stilts. Sounds impossible but in the fiestas of Anguiano a village in La Rioja they do it. The Danza de los Zancos is performed for the day of Patrona Santa María Magdalena 22nd of July. It is an old Spanish religious ritual dance.
The skill which is needed to perform this dance comes in that it takes place half a metre above ground, on 45 cm wooden stilts fastened on at the knees. It’s a tradition, passed on from generation to generation, which is known to date back to at least the early 17th century but is believed to have existed as long ago as pre-Christian times. Some say it owes its origins to the stilts which were once used to cross the area’s flooded and snowy terrain.

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Giants in Spain

Giants also known as Gigantes or Gegants are most popular in the north of Spain. The smaller ones are called cabezudos. They offer a colorful backdrop to any scene. In this video they can be seen ascending above Alcorisa to El Calvario in the county of Teruel.

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Above Alcorisa

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Human Towers

A castell is a human tower built traditionally in fiestas at many locations within Catalonia. At these fiestas, several “colles castelleres” or teams often succeed in building and sustain a tower’s structure for a certain length of time.

This video shows a perfect example click to play

Competition in the Bull Ring video

 

 

The tradition of building human towers originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, in the southern part of Catalonia towards the end of the 18th century. Later it developed a following in other regions of Catalonia even Majorca and, after prohibition under Franco, currently has become very popular in parts of Spain. However, the best and most skilled castellers are still found near Tarragona.

La Patum

La Patum de Berga, or shortened to “La Patum”, is a highly popular and traditional festival that is celebrated every year in the Catalan city of Berga during the festival of Corpus Christi.


The dances or balls include.

  • Els Turcs i Cavallets (Turks and Little Knights)
  • Les Maces
  • Les Guites (Folkloric “mules”)
  • L’Àliga (The Eagle)
  • Els Nans Vells (The Old Dwarfs)
  • Els Gegants (The Giants)
  • Els Nans Nous (The New Dwarfs)
  • Els Plens

The most spectacular, and dangerous of these is the fire dance.

Els Plens

One of Catalonia’s liveliest festivals. The event gets its name from the folks who used to chant patum (the sound of a drum). Streets spill over with merrymakers as fireworks crackle and dwarfs, devils and dragons dance.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a long standing tradition in Spain. It takes place in the village of Bunol (Buñol) which is 30 miles west of the city of Valencia.

Infadels at the Tomatina

This video by the Infadels filmed for their track I can’t get enough shows just how crazy it is.

It takes place, on the last Wednesday of August, it is the largest and messiest tomato throwing spectacle in the world. 40’000 kilos of tomatoes, five articulated tipper trucks, 6 fire engines and 44’ooo crazy people.

The best attire is an old T-shirt, old shorts and eye goggles. T-shirts with bullseyes printed on them are not advised.

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