Crowd Throws Turnips at 'Jarramplas' Character During Traditional Spanish Festival

Locals and visitors participated in the traditional ‘Jarramplas’ turnip-throwing festival in Piornal, Spain, on January 20.

The Jarramplas festival is a cultural tradition in which townspeople throw turnips at a drum-beating “devil” dressed in multi-colored ribbons that, these days, conceal carbon-fiber body armor.

According to folklore, the “devil” was a cattle thief whom villagers punished by pelting him with turnips and banishing him from the village.

The activities take place every year on January 19 and 20 during the San Sebastian festival.

Video taken by Florencio Blanco Rodriguez shows hundreds of people take part in the festivities in Piornal’s main square. Credit: Florencio Blanco Rodriguez via Storyful

Video transcript

- Ah, Antonio!

Ah, Antonio!

Ah, Antonio!

Ah, Antonio!

Ah, Antonio!