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Spain: Revellers smear animal blood on themselves for Basque carnival

Spain, Alsasua
February 26, 2020 at 09:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people were filmed smearing animal blood on themselves to celebrate the pre-Lent carnival of 'Momotxorro' in the small northern town of Alsasua, on Tuesday.

Revellers, including children, were seen covering their faces and hands with blood.

Carnival-goers donning sheepskin, frightening masks and horns were dancing on the streets and running though the town later in the evening.

The Basque carnival has pagan origins, with locals saying their costumes symbolise mythological figures, half-human and half-animal, who invade the town at this time of the year.

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Hundreds of people were filmed smearing animal blood on themselves to celebrate the pre-Lent carnival of 'Momotxorro' in the small northern town of Alsasua, on Tuesday.

Revellers, including children, were seen covering their faces and hands with blood.

Carnival-goers donning sheepskin, frightening masks and horns were dancing on the streets and running though the town later in the evening.

The Basque carnival has pagan origins, with locals saying their costumes symbolise mythological figures, half-human and half-animal, who invade the town at this time of the year.

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