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Santoņa Carnival
     The carnival, which is the most important winter event, is deeply rooted in the pagan festivities held in honour of Bacchus, the God of wine, the Roman sautrnals and Lupercals or those organised in honour of the ox Apis in Egypt.

Mention has been made of Santoņa carnival since 1892, when the Eco de Santoņa described the ball held in the town’s halls.

This newspaper described the fantastic atmosphere, quality of the masks or disguises and the great number of people who took part in the balls.

Santoņa Carnival
Santoņa Carnival
The origins of the trial in the depths of the Sea, a fundamental event of Santoņa Carnival, go back to the year 1934, when a well-known minstrel composed a song that was later staged and finally converted into the colourful event of light, image and sound that can be seen today.

The Burial of the Sea Bream is celebrated with a mournful procession of many fish and wailers that accompany the sea bream, to the sound of the funeral marches of the brass bands, to the bay where it is placed on a raft and set fire to, on the water.

Every year, thousands of visitors come to Santoņa to enjoy the music, high spirits and fantastic atmosphere during those days of February.

The Carnival was declared a Festivity of National Interest to Tourists in 1985

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