Spring festivals in the Pyrenees feature local men playing the role of bears awakening from hibernation
Every five years the men of Telfs collect lichen to create Wilder Mann, or Wild Man, costumes for the town’s Carnival festival. Tradition dictates that they nibble on a piece of this lichen before the festivities.
Macidulas on New Year’s Day
Strohmann at Carnival
On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits. In the past they’d brush against women to bestow fertility.
Juantramposo, a mischief-maker, appears on Mardi Gras in Alsasua. The festival ends with all the participants taking part in a celebratory dance.
Portraits of men in traditional ritual costumes for festivals that occur across Europe from the beginning of December until Easter by photographer Charles Fréger
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