Festival of Regional Tourist Interest
, the rural carnival of Altsasu/Alsasua
starts on the Sunday with the children's carnival, but as night falls on the Tuesday it's the adults' turn, and the Momotxorros
, characters who seem to have been resurrected from a prehistoric ritual, come out onto the town's streets.
Wearing horns and hiding their faces under headscarves, they are dressed in a white sheet stained with blood, sheepskin gilets, blue trousers, white socks and black sandals. They tour the town roaring fiercely and brandishing their wooden staves, goading and frightening everyone who gets in their way.
The tradition was lost during the 1930s but reappeared in the 1980s, enriched by new characters: the Witches, followed by a satyr as if they were going to an akelarre (coven), and the Mascaritas, a character who existed back in ancient times who wears a brilliantly coloured damask bedspread over his head, tied with a rope and a pompom.