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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Joaldunak: ancient Basque regional carnival

Joaldunak, march as they take part on the Carnival of the Basque village of Zubieta, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. In one of the most ancient carnivals in Europe, dating from before the Roman empire, companies of Joaldunak (cowbells) parade between the villages of Zubieta and Ituren wearing bells and sheepskins around the waist, colored neckerchiefs, conical caps with ribbons and a hyssop of horsehair in their right hands.