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Carnival

Carnival

CARNIVAL

The Carnival in Bielsa, whose origins are age-old, lasts for three days.

Characters who appear in the festivity include “trangas”,which are young men wearing skirts and checked shirts to symbolise fertility.

Their backs are covered with sheepskins and they wear large horns on their heads. Their faces are painted black, their teeth are made of potato and they wear a cowbell tied to their waists. They carry sticks which they bang on the floor to encourage the seeds to sprout.

Also, there are ‘animal tamers’ who promenade their ‘wild bears’ around town, who lunge into the crowds.

The “madamas” are young single women, whose dress symbolises purity. This includes a white blouse and skirt and different coloured ribbons.

In the evenings, the “trangas” go to collect the “madamas” from their houses to escort them to the town square where a dance is held.

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