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How Spain celebrates their cultural festival with Masquerades (photos)

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Spain has a rich tradition of colorful, and sometimes bizarre, festivals, Ap reports.

The best-known ones are in the summer, including running with bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona or hundreds of people throwing ripe tomatoes at each other near Valencia. But some of the more obscure fiestas are no less intriguing.

At the Carantoñas festival in Acehuche, men are helped to pull on hairy, bulky costumes and scary masks before they walk down the streets of whitewashed houses looking like wild beasts (“carantoñas”).

Women parade in colorful embroidered shawls and skirts as music plays. A priest also attends.

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In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, 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. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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