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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Could the U.S. Use a Holiday Like the Jarramplas Festival?

Albert Stern

I cannot help but be enchanted by the Jarramplas Festival celebrated in Piornal, Spain every January. Each year members of the community dress as "demons" in beautiful and colorful costumes. 

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. 

I am super interested in what others think. What do you think? Leave me a message on Facebook or email

 

 

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