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It’s a little difficult to narrow down Spain’s list of weird and wacky festivals to fit on this page – so many of them would be considered bizarre to anyone born outside of Spain! People being chased by a herd of angry bulls and throwing tomatoes at each other are just some of Spain’s most famous rituals in Spain that are carried out in the name of ‘tradition’, but there’s plenty more bizarre festivals if you scratch beneath the surface.

Bizarre & Weird Festivals in Spain

Sometimes Spain can be a very surreal place. It is a country where you might hear Christmas carols in August (as part of the New Year’s Eve in August celebrations), the fountains are filled with wine (in Cadiar in February and October and in Toro, Castilla y Leon in August) and farmers march their sheep through the center of Madrid just because they can. It is a country where some of the world’s most traditional festivals take on a peculiar twist – with scatalogical Christmas traditions in Catalonia and Salamanca’s bizarre Easter Monday tradition of welcoming back the city’s ‘ladies of the night’ after their expulsion for Lent (in their Lunes de Aguas festival).

Staying Safe the Spanish Way

Got a new born baby? Want to keep them safe from evil spirits? Do what they do at the El Colacho festival in Castillo de Murcia, near Burgos, and lie them on the ground and have grown men dressed as devils jump over them. I’d just like to know who is protecting the babies from the grown men dressed as devils that are jumping over them…

Hypochondriacs who don’t get this protection in their infancy can take part in the Hogueras in Granada & Jaen on December 21, where people jump through bonfires to protect themselves from illness. What’s wrong with eating five fruit and veg a day?

If the above blessings work (and you don’t get burned to death in a bonfire or trampled on by grown men dressed as devils jumping over you), you may be lucky enough to survive a near-death experience later in life. How should you show your thanks? Well, if you come from the town of Las Nieves, near Pontevedra, you show up to mass during the Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme in your coffin! I’m guessing that the following week the town holds a funeral for all those who suffer heart attacks at the sight of lots of people getting out of coffins at mass a week before.

Aim… Fire!

The Tomatina tomato fight is one of the most famous of Spain’s bizarre festivals, but it isn’t the only time the Spanish throw things at each other. In Lanjarón in the Alpujarras (near Granada), the locals have a giant water fight each June 24. A little stickier is the Batalla del Vino in Horo, La Rioja each June 29, where the locals fight each other with wine. Its OK, they make lots of it in La Rioja, Spain’s most important wine region, so there’s plenty to spare.

If water, wine and tomatoes aren’t gross enough for you, how about ant throwing? This is what the inhabitants of Laza, Galicia do at Carnival time each year. Even worse is the Battle of the Dead Rat, in the Valencian town of El Puig during the fiesta of San Pedro Nolasco. You don’t believe me? If you can read Spanish, you can read this article on the subject.

Meanwhile, the Cascamorras in Baza and Gaudix, Granada, (September 6 and 9) just seems like an excuse to pick on someone, in my opinion. An old battle between the two towns is reenacted, where an inhabitant of Gaudix is sent to Baza to steal the image of the Virgen de la Piedad, is pelted with tar and paint and inevitably fails in his quest. He then returns to Gaudix, where he is pelted again for having failed. And this happens every year. You’d think they poor guy would have learned by now, wouldn’t you?

Finally, the Lou Reed-loving Valencians viciously try to hit you with flowers in the Batallas de los Flores (Battle of Flowers).


Cruelty to Animals

The Spanish famously don’t treat their bulls with the respect most think they deserve, but it isn’t just our bovine friends that feel the brunt of the Spanish desire to have a good time.

Early September in Lekeitio (Lequeiti), the Fiesta de los Gansos (Goose Festival) sees a dead goose hung over the harbor while men jump to catch hold of it, trying to see who can hold on for the longest. Animal rights activists have had some success here, as in the past the goose would have been alive when this was done. Ew.

Another famous event that has been famously curtailed (but allegedly still takes place) is the tossing a goat from a bell tower in Manganeses de la Polverosa. The town council outlawed the event in 1992, even though it was ominously admitted at the time that what people do in their own time is their own business. I wonder how long it will be until they outlaw quail catapulting? click to see a horror show!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. esan
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 15:49:22

    How do you start a new topic? A good one would be ” Hangover Cures, do they exist???”


  2. luveustaki
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:28:08

    I completely agree Esan, next week we’ll talk about hangover cures, it’s a promise! If you have more entertaining ideas let me know 😀


  3. luveustaki
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:29:04

    For now why don’t you tell us your opinion about the Spanish fiestas?


  4. Mr. Hansome
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 16:28:31

    Tomorrow I’m going to write about the “parties” in Spain and another countries.
    For exemple, Mud racing in the field and typical american holidays in Rumania, but I will write also about San Fermin, Tomatina etc


  5. esan
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 04:38:13

    My opinion of Spanish Fiestas? I don’t agree with some of them, but I have to admit that they do bring in a lot of money, and for a small town- a lot of money is very grateful.
    I used to abhor Bullfighting when I first came over, but now I see what people can see in it(Don’t hate me), also there are thousands of jobs in this industry.
    Tradition is tradition, it’s what makes a country special, you don’t have to like the traditions


  6. Mr. Hansome
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 07:24:00

    In Spain and in the country of Esan there are typical parties. In Dublin the people trhow down for the mountain looking for a big cheese.
    In Spain we have this parties, but in Rumania( The 53th state of USA) there are only two parties. National day (4 july) and Halloween.
    Today I read that now in Rumania is forbiden to put a strange children name , now it’s very popular inscribe with this name ” Paracetamol” “Doctor” ect.
    Andreea the problem is in Rumania , no in Dublin or Spain.
    We have an ancestral culture, the problem is that now we are intoxicated with your traditions.
    Is it true, Esan?


  7. esan
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 19:01:09

    Do I really want to answer this and face the wrath of “The Pink Cat Lady”???
    What do you think Mr. Handsome?????


  8. luveustaki
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 09:06:42

    Gentlemen, all traditions are nice it doesn’t matter if they’re borrowed, as long as they don’t involve pain or sacrifices of any kind. Happy Halloween 🙂


  9. esan
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 09:44:38

    It’s not just traditions that are becoming more and more shared, but also the type of English Language used. More and more people/English students are using American English than British English. This is a result of American programmes and movies being shown in the cinema and on the television – people are becoming more and more exposed. In regards to the practical use ,it makes sense, for example the various spelling differences between Am E and Br E, also the words themselves. For some people/students Am E is easier. But it important for the students to be aware of not the Am E but also Br E. Some countries use Br E , while others Am E.
    Fun and games to be had by all 🙂


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