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This will STING! Revellers fling ANTS at one another in bizarre Spanish carnival02:10

This will STING! Revellers fling ANTS at one another in bizarre Spanish carnival

Spain, Laza
February 13, 2018 at 02:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

Carnival participants in the Spanish town of Laza celebrated with their own unique flair on Sunday by by throwing flour and ants at one another, along with masked 'Peliqueiros' running through the town whipping anyone who gets in their way.

The Peliqueiros attach several cowbells to their clothing as they run through the streets whipping those in their way, and tradition dictates that participants are not allowed to touch them.

If that was not enough, another tradition is to douse large ants with vinegar, thus severely provoking them and putting them in the mood to bite, before throwing them at other participants.

The yearly event known as the Galician Carnival takes place in the town of Laza to mark the beginning of Lent and the start of spring.

Los participantes en el peculiar carnaval de la ciudad española de Laza celebraron el domingo su tradicional batalla de harina y hormigas, lanzándose estos elementos los unos a los otros, mientras los “Peliqueiros” enmascarados atravesaban la localidad azotando a cualquiera que se interpusiese en su camino.

Los Peliqueiros llevan enganchados varios cencerros en su ropa mientras corren por las calles persiguiendo a los participantes en el carnaval, y la tradición dicta que estos no deben tocarlos.

Por si eso no fuera suficiente, otra tradición es echarle vinagre por encima a grandes grupos de hormigas, enfadándolas antes de tirárselas a otros participantes con el objetivo de que les muerdan.

Este evento anual, conocido como Entroido, tiene lugar en la ciudad de Laza para marcar el comienzo de la Cuaresma.

This will STING! Revellers fling ANTS at one another in bizarre Spanish carnival02:10
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Carnival participants in the Spanish town of Laza celebrated with their own unique flair on Sunday by by throwing flour and ants at one another, along with masked 'Peliqueiros' running through the town whipping anyone who gets in their way.

The Peliqueiros attach several cowbells to their clothing as they run through the streets whipping those in their way, and tradition dictates that participants are not allowed to touch them.

If that was not enough, another tradition is to douse large ants with vinegar, thus severely provoking them and putting them in the mood to bite, before throwing them at other participants.

The yearly event known as the Galician Carnival takes place in the town of Laza to mark the beginning of Lent and the start of spring.

Los participantes en el peculiar carnaval de la ciudad española de Laza celebraron el domingo su tradicional batalla de harina y hormigas, lanzándose estos elementos los unos a los otros, mientras los “Peliqueiros” enmascarados atravesaban la localidad azotando a cualquiera que se interpusiese en su camino.

Los Peliqueiros llevan enganchados varios cencerros en su ropa mientras corren por las calles persiguiendo a los participantes en el carnaval, y la tradición dicta que estos no deben tocarlos.

Por si eso no fuera suficiente, otra tradición es echarle vinagre por encima a grandes grupos de hormigas, enfadándolas antes de tirárselas a otros participantes con el objetivo de que les muerdan.

Este evento anual, conocido como Entroido, tiene lugar en la ciudad de Laza para marcar el comienzo de la Cuaresma.

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