Under the costumes, they also wear body armor. Because the celebration involves the rest of community throwing turnips at the demon to chase it out of town. Oddly, no one seems to remember how this tradition started. The color and visual beauty of the event is stunning.
Looking at the celebration, I find myself struggling with two conflicting thoughts about a similar celebration in the United States.
1. As a culture, it might really be helpful if we had more symbolic moments to help us release pent up emotions.
2. A celebration such as this might really get out of control in ways never intended.
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