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Devilish behaviour in the Canary Islands

One of the strangest but most interesting festivals in the world is the Teguise Carnival on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

This event, taking place on March 14th and 15th this year, sees locals dress up in devil costumes to chase people with truncheons made from goat skin.

The tradition dates back to the 15th century, when the island’s inhabitants’ culture got mixed up with traces of Castillian beliefs along with the views of the arriving Moors and their African slaves.

People dressed up as "diablete" are attempting to appear as a male goat, a sign of fertility.

Dressing up as a diablete began in the 17th century when it formed part of the Corpus Christi celebrations on the island, but the local church authorities ruled that the behaviour was questionable, meaning it could only be done during carnivals.

However, the Teguise Festival is not just about devils running about – although they are the biggest attraction – there is also plenty of music and other displays on show too.

Why not book the Deep Sea Fishing – Corralejo tour before you travel?

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