Spain Hosts Annual 'Devils of Luzon' Carnival in Guadalajara
Also known as: La Fiesta de los Diablos y Mascaritas
Huge devil horns, soot-covered faces, and scary carved teeth; these are the "Devils of Luzon" that attend the annual Devils Carnival of Luzón in Guadalajara, Spain.
Every year, Luzon hosts 'La Fiesta de los Diablos y Mascaritas' (Festival of Devils and Masks), which is one of the least publicised carnival festivals.
Local men paint their faces with oil and soot, don horns and cowbells to transform into devils during the festival of the devils.
The first details of the festival date back to the 14th century, but the origins of this ritual is not clear.
According to Express, the preparation of the devils is a ritual.
Firstly, covering their faces and arms with a protective cream for their skin.
Next, they spread their face and hands with a mixture of oil and soot that they maintain until the end of the day.
Once daubed in black, the devils put on huge teeth carved in potato.
Along with the devils, the mascaritas make an appearance.
They are people dressed up in traditional costumes, toquillas, colorful skirts and a white cloth that covers their faces.
The devils are forbidden to soot these characters.
In case anyone forgets the tradition, the mascaritas carry a cane with which they will beat the devil to make him remember that they are untouchable.