Festival of National Tourist Interest,
the origins of El Volatín go way back to the 14th century
. At 10 a.m. on Easter Saturday
in the Plaza de los Fueros in Tudela
, you can attend this unusual ceremony which symbolises the painful death of the traitor Judas Iscariot, who delivered his Master into the hands of his enemies for a few coins.
A wooden doll or puppet with articulated limbs, dressed in burlesque style with an exploding cigar in its mouth, waits resignedly for it to be lit. With frenetic movements it starts jerking around incessantly until its costume and shoes fall off in shreds among the crowd.
The spectators, especially the children, fight over the shreds along with a shower of sweets and balls launched by the Order of the Volatín.