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Jarramplas festival

The Catholic Herald of 24 January 2020 has on its ‘Images of the Week’ page a brief report on the Jarramplas festival, held in Piornal, Extremadura, Spain, on the feast of St Sebastian (20 January).  During this a man in a padded suit under a ‘monster costume’ is pelted with an estimated 20,000 kg of turnips (Brassica rapa).  After this he carries a statue of the saint back to the village church.  The report concludes with the comment ‘the festival’s origins are obscure’.

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