Baza, Spain

Wa­ter Fest

Newsweek International - - CONTENTS - JORGE GUER­RERO

In one of the world’s more cu­ri­ous fes­ti­vals, young men, cov­ered in grease, splash one another on Septem­ber 6. The an­nual Cas­camor­ras fes­ti­val cel­e­brates a tra­di­tion dat­ing back to the 15th cen­tury, when a worker from Guadix nick­named Cas­camor­ras is said to have un­cov­ered a sa­cred im­age of the Vir­gin Mary in Baza, set­ting off an own­er­ship dis­pute. Al­though the icon re­mains in Baza to this day, the town al­lows a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Guadix one op­por­tu­nity ev­ery year to claim it— if the per­son can reach the church per­fectly clean.

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