Spain is known for its weird festivals and events. I’ve already blogged in the past about La Tomatina in Buñol (world’s largest town-wide tomato fight) and a siesta competition in Madrid this past October. Today I came across two more bizarre fiestas that have just taken place during this holiday season:
Els Enfarinats flour fight festival – In Ibi, a Spanish town in the province of Alicante, they throw flour at each other. Els Enfarinats was celebrated a couple days ago on the 28th, the Day of the Innocents. The festival has been around for 200 years, and it involves some complicated traditional role play that ends up with everyone throwing flour and eggs at each other. I’d love to be there.
Baile de los Locos y el Oso (Dance of the Mad Ones and the Bear) – I love that name. It already sounds like something I have to see with my own eyes. This one takes place in Córdoba, Spain every December. It involves six dancers dancing to the music of six musicians. Every so often, six gunmen fire a single shot from their muskets to mark the beginning and end of the music. Later, during the Dance of the Bear, a man dressed as a bear is chased through the streets by another man and hit with a stick.
EF College Break doesn't offer any tours that specifically follow bizarre festivals through Spain, but may I suggest going on a tour that ends in Spain, and then staying over there on your own. No matter when you go, there has to be some fiesta going on somewhere in Spain. To get you started, here’s a list of Spanish fiestas where people throw things at each other.