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This May Be The World's Weirdest Holiday

Piornal is a tiny town in eastern Spain, with less than 2,000 people and no famous landmarks. But every year in January this sleepy town hosts a bizarre holiday that none of the locals can explain.

On the day of the Jarramplas festival, a young man from the village dresses up as the devil and parades around town banging a drum. The rest of the villagers chase him with armfuls of rock hard turnips and pelt him with the vegetables until he retreats.

The weird part - yes, even weirder than throwing turnips at the devil - is nobody knows how this tradition got started.


As you can see those villagers don't hold back when they toss their turnips, and dressing up as the Jarramplas isn't a fun job. The young men in the costume can be hit by as many as 15,000 turnips over the course of the two day festival.

But don't worry, they're wearing thick body armor and a helmet underneath that colorful costume, so nobody gets seriously hurt.

If you think this looks like a bit of fun, you'll have to wait until next year to fly to Spain and chuck a turnip at the Jarramplas, but it's never too soon to start planning for the next festival!

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