Originally posted on Wicked and Weird...Around The World!:
Spain has some of the craziest and coolest festivals out there, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that the folks Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands are getting up to some mischief. Locals and tourists gather each year on the Monday before Ash Wednesday and, fueled by sangria and mojitos, partake in one wild talcum powder fight!
The tradition is inspired by Spanish immigrants that left in search of prosperity in the Americas, often settling in Cuba, before eventually returning to the motherland – with much accumulated wealth. The powder fight could have come from the Cuban tradition of powdering ones skin to lighten it, or from the practice of powdering newly arrived guests from sea in an attempt to prevent the spread of tropical disease.
The festival is largely celebrated as a parody with everyone dressing in white, wearing Cuban…
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