You know what doesn't happen enough anymore? Pelting people with vegetables. Fortunately for admirers of the dying art, every January 20 the townspeople of Piornal, Spain chuck turnips at a brave volunteer dressed as a monster known as the Jarramplas. The what now?

The Jarramplas is a devil-like character portrayed by a man wearing a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, a frightening mask, and body armor underneath. In a centuries-old tradition, he walks the streets and beats a drum while residents throw turnips at him as a punishment for stealing cattle. 

Want to see it with your own eyes? Head over to The Atlantic, which has has collected a big batch of stunning photos of the event.


Featured image via Flickr user pabluz