Lonely Planet Writer

Bizarre video shows 'demon' pelted by turnips in western Spain

Strange footage of a colourful demon being bombarded with turnips has emerged from the small Spanish town of Piornal.

Spanish town pelts turnips at a demon for festival.
Spanish town pelts turnips at a demon for festival. Image by John Morgan / CC BY 2.0

The bizarre activity is part of the celebrations for the Feast of Saint Sebastian festival, a little known festival which takes place on the 19 and 20 January. Each year a turnip wielding crowd gather around a brightly costumed demon character or ‘jarramplas’ (scapegoat) who must stand defiant while he is pelted with the vegetables.

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