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Bears, Peliqueiros and Cigarróns, guide of the characters of the Entroido in Galicia

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Xinzo de Limia Carnival screens, Ourense Entroido Galicia

Carnival is a party that It is not governed by civil norms or religious precepts, their laws are their own, as are the characters who live ephemerally but intensely during those days before Holy Week. Neither the Civil War nor the subsequent dictatorship halted the existence in Galicia of Carnival celebrations, or Entroido as it is called there.

More tolerated than allowed, more discreet than crowded, often depended on local and police charges turn a blind eye. Masks and costumes appeared in the privacy of houses or on clear streets, when no one with authority to put a fine was in sight.

Nowadays Xenerais, Screens, Peliqueiros, Cigarettes, Madamas Y Galáns, he Boteiro, Folions, or the Salcedo Bear they do not need to hide, their presence is welcome and each of them appears in any of the twenty carnivals of special tradition from Galicia.

Felos of Maceda Entroido Galicia

It was in 2014 when for the first time all these figures, and others, met in the Plaza del Obradoiro, in Santiago de Compostela, for the official presentation of the Entroido.

It is not an excuse not to travel to Xinzo de Límia, Verín or Laza (three of the seven places that have the recognition of the Tourist Interest Festival of Galicia), but a small snack of what one will find when you go to they.

And so that the visitor can delight better, here is a small guide on carnivals and who are those multicolored figures that populate them:

Xinzo screens from Limia, Ourense Entroido Galicia

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