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Ancient carnival in Spain wards off evil spirits

In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps, sling cowbells across their backs and parade through two Spanish towns.

The groups, named “Joaldunak,” after the Basque-language word for cowbells, march through the northern towns of Ituren and Zubieta to herald the advent of spring.

The annual procession stems from ceremonies held to ward off evil spirits and bless the harvests to come. The celebration, traditionally held at the end of January, is believed to date from before Roman times.The participants march along roads and mountain paths between the two towns, jingling their bells.

In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, ”Joaldunak” march along a path as they take part in a Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, sheepskins, a conical caps with ribbons and cowbells, elements used by “Joaldunak”, are seen on a bench ahead of a Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Zubieta, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, a ”Joaldunak” prepares ahead of a Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Zubieta, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 photo, ”Joaldunaks” gather in the street before taking part in the Carnival, in the small Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.

In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, a group of ”Joaldunak” march along the road as they take part in a Carnival in the small Pyrenee village of Zubieta, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring
In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, a group of ”Joaldunak” march along the road as they take part in a Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Zubieta, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 photo, ”Joaldunaks” walk a log the road as they take part in the Carnival, in the small Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.

 

In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, a group of ”Joaldunak” march along the road as they take part in a Carnival in the small Pyrenee village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo, ”Joaldunaks” Mikele, Maritxu, Olaia and Anne, from right to left, pose for a photo ahead of a Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Zubieta, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 photo, ”Joaldunaks” have a lunch in a restaurant during a Carnival in the small Pyrenee village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 photo, “Joaldunaks” drink together as they take part in a Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
In this Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 photo, Maria Larretxea, 34, a female ‘Joaldunak” poses for a photo before taking part in a Carnival in the small Pyrenee village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.

In this Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 photo, ”Joaldunaks” use a small truck to go to the next village while taking part in the Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain. In one of the most ancient carnival celebrations in Europe, dozens of people don sheepskins, lace petticoats and conical caps and sling cowbells across their lower backs as they parade to herald the advent of spring.
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