Spain is famous for it's fun, bizarre and sometimes weird fiestas. Here are some of the them you will not want to miss. All year round there are fiestas taking place in some village around Spain. People come from all over the World to see these fiestas in action.
Fiesta de Jarramplas (Turnip throwing)
Yes that's right turnip throwing in the village of Piornal in Cáceres. Turnip throwing is the main attraction to this fiesta. One of Spain's oldest fiestas is the “Jarramplas" in which some poor soul has to dress up then walk out of the town hall carrying a drum.
As he comes out into the street everybody throws their turnips at him. Each year there is around 16,000 kilos of turnip thrown. According to locals, no one gets hurt apart from a few bruises.
Corpus Christi celebrations (Baby jumping)
In a small village called “Castrillo de Murcia" in the Burgos province of Northern Spain, a yearly ritual of baby jumping is held as part of the Corpus Christi celebrations.
A fiesta that dates back nearly 400 years in which one of the locals is chosen to be “El Colacho" (the devil). He then has to protect the babies from evil presence by jumping over them. Babies are laid down on mattresses on the street as he comes along and jumps over them all.
Now cleansed from evil the older children from the village who have already had their Communion throw rose petals to finish.
Fiesta de al Tomatina (Tomato fight)
I know most of you will have heard of this one as it is one of Spain's most famous fiestas after the running of the bulls in San Fermin. In the town of Buñol, Valencia people from all over the world come to take part in the annual event, some traveling from a far as China and Australia to get a bit of the action.
Around 115,000 kilos of tomatoes are thrown during “Tomatina" and over 40,00 people take place. By the end of the hour it is a river of tomatoes.
Castell (Human castles)
Just as the name suggests people build a castle by standing on each others shoulders. It takes much practice, strength, teamwork and precision to get this right. There are different teams which train throughout the year to see who can build the most amazing castle.
First they build a base which relates to the structure and base of the castle, then the next layer of people form the first storey and so on until the last one climbs up to the top to salute the crowd.
The record castle has been 10 storeys with a height of 13 meters tall. These fiestas happen throughout the Catalan community from June through to the end of November.
La Danza de los Zancos (Wooden stilts dance)
In the village of Anguiano, La Rioja every July see the streets fill with people who have come to watch the dances. The people who take part need an enormous amount of skill and practice to get this right.
On stilts and half a meter above the floor the men have to twirl around consistently whilst making their way down through the cobbled street from the church. The hardest part for them is when they reach the “Cuesta de los Danzadores", a narrow, cobbled street that even in trainers the street is hard going. This is where the crowds wait and help the men from falling by providing a cushion effect.
They then repeat this until the saint makes her way down to the town square. The fiesta lasts 3 days.