This unusual-looking character pounding away on a drum as he takes a walloping from an onslaught of turnips is none other than “Jarramplas”, the central figure of the fiestas in a town in the western region of Extremadura known as Piornal. He comes out every January 19 and 20 for the Feast of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of the village. He kicks off a series we’ll be doing on “Fiestas in Spain”; where we will be exploring some of the traditions and their history. Listen and enjoy!
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