Every January, on Saint Sebastian Day, the streets of Piornal, Spain, fill with residents armed with turnips, seeking to punish the Jarramplas. The Jarramplas is a devil-like character portrayed by a man wearing a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, a frightening mask, and body armor underneath. In a centuries-old tradition, he walks the streets and beats a drum while residents throw turnips at him as a punishment for stealing cattle. This was written by Alan Taylor. For more photos taken at the Festival, go to http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/01/turnips-fly-at-the-jarramplas-festival/384660/
Why can’t we Americans have fun like this?