January 6, 2016

January 6, 2016

Silió, Spain

Photograph by Ervin Sarkisov, Corbis

La Vijanera participants prepare to take part in the festivities in Silió, a village in the autonomous community of Cantabria, Spain. La Vijanera is a carnival-style festival, in which players dress up in different masks, animal skins, and bright costumes and move in a procession through town, stopping along the way to perform for spectators. The celebration occurs on the first Sunday of the year and is meant to ward off evil spirits and start the New Year off on a positive note.

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