Tourist Interest
On the Way of St. James
Dates of celebration: 19/01 - 13/02


Laza - Ourense

42º 03' 38.9" N - 7º 27' 42.9" W


It is one of the most traditional Carnivals that take place in Galicia. Ancestral rites and characters are the stars of these irreverent festivities that begin here weeks before the Carnival's biggest days, with four Viernes de Folión or Folión Fridays.
The days of Carnival in Laza run between Praza da Picota, where most of the Carnival's events take place, and the bars, which get taken over by the town's youth, creating a festive atmosphere with their continuous revelry while enjoying good food and wine, as well as coffee liquor and typical Galician spirits.
The peliqueiros, armed with zamarras (a kind of whip, with a perfectly carved wooden handle) and six chocas (cowbells) on their belts, are the star characters of the Carnival. They stand out for their unique and impeccable costume, which can weigh up to fifteen kilos, and their demonic masks adorned with images of animals. They make their appearance on Shrove Sunday, after mass. They go through the town in group, enforcing their rule. You can insult them but never touch or sully their attire.
One of the liveliest days is Shrove Monday or Día da Borralleira, when, in the morning, the Farrapada (battle of rags smeared with mud) and the Xitanada (a procession of couples riding donkeys) take place and. In the afternoon, the Morena, a man dressed-up as a cow with horns, descends from Cimadevila to  lift the skirts of all the women he sees, he is helped by his entourage, who throw ants over the the crowd in Praza da Picota, sometimes mixed with vinegar and flour to make them even more angry.
La Farrapada and Xitanada, on Shrove Monday.

The Ways of St. James

Vía de la Plata

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