St. Lazarus’ Day – Ourense, Spain

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March 29

Dozens of stalls with doughnuts installed in the central St Lazarus’ Park indicate the arrival of this holiday, a prologue to Easter. The festival combines the religious celebrations (procession included) with the curious spectacle of the burning of the madamitas: figures of wire and paper stuffed with gunpowder made to be exploded while they spin frantically. The show has its roots in the Middle Ages, recreating a ritual of purification linked to the leper hospital that was in the area (formerly the outskirts of the city) and to the chapels devoted to this saint.

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Ourense, Ourense 32005 Spain
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