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Carnival of Lantz

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A long-standing rural tradition in which the forces of good and evil confront each other in a symbolic battle, during which the thirst for justice stirs up public rage.

Every Tuesday during carnival week, in the little village of Lantz, the legendarily evil bandit Miel Otxin is imprisoned and sentenced to death by fire. The three-metre high effigy is dressed in a patterned blouson, blue trousers and a red sash, with his arms stretched out in a cross and crowned with a colourfully embellished conical cap.

Various other characters accompany him on the procession: Ziripot, a roly-poly, good natured chap made from sacks full of bracken and hay who can barely stay upright; Zaldiko, a wild horse which charges him until he falls to the ground; meanwhile, the Arotzak carrying hammers and pincers, runs behind El Zaldiko to try to shoe him, and finally the Txatxos, enveloped in animal skins and armed with staves and broomsticks, bellow incoherently while harassing everyone present.

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se celebra en Lantz el domingo, lunes y martes anteriores al miércoles de ceniza. El día grande es el martes de Carnaval.

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  • Locality LANTZ
  • Zone The Pyrenees
  • Tel. 948307444
  • Declaration of Interest Site of Cultural Interest Festival of Regional Tourist Interest
  • Date
    • 02/28/2017
      2018 pending confirmation.