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Carnival in Galicia

Carnival in Galicia is called "entroido" and is one of the most popular festivals in this country. The most important days are Carnival Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) and Wednesday, called "the Burial of the Sardine". This means the end of Carnival and the participants carry a figure to be burnt and buried and women dressed as if they were widows weep. The typical food to eat these days is the "cocido" composed of pork, potatoes and turnip greens.

The Galician province with more tradition is that of Ourense,  where handicraft masks are made and people wear different coloured costumes to go around the street. Two are the most important places:

1. The Laza Carnival is the oldest and best-known of Galicia. The typical mask is called "pelequeiro”. This character is the king of the Carnival and carries six bells and a whip. He parades through the main piazza whipping all those that are misbehaving.

2. The typical costume of  Xinzo de Limia Carnival is “pantalla", made up of a mask, a shirt and white pants and a red or black cape. Tied to the belt they carry little bells, and in their hands they carry dried cow bladders that are inflated and make noise when the masker begins to run after the people who are not masked.

                                                                                                                     Elizabeth Martinez