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'Baile del Patatu. Dance of Patatu'

'Baile del Patatu. Dance of Patatu' Obejo, Cordoba, Spain

The infamous Spanish sword dance.

La Feria de San Benito, Obejo pattern is around the second Saturday of July, in which there are sports competitions, fiesta Queen, a variety of contests and fireworks. On Saturday morning there is also a pilgrimage repeating the ancient sword dance.

As with every year from July 11 to 14 during the festivity of San Benito, the Romeria [procession and country festival] to the Ermita del Santo takes place in Obejo, accompanied by the Danza de las Espadas [Sword Dance].
This Dance also called the Baile de Bachimachia, symbolises the war dance of the Barbarian villages and is a deeply rooted tradition of Obejo, in which 32 men take part and the Master, who accompany the Saint without stopping dancing in the procession to the chapel.
The most eagerly-awaited moment of the dance is known as the patatú, when the dancers simulate executing the Master of the dance using their iron swords, arranged together and pressed around the Master’s head.

'Baile del Patatu. Dance of Patatu
11th to 14th July
Obejo a remote village in the mountains outside Cordoba holds an event every year called the ' Baile del Patatu' , the Dance of Patatu. The infamous Spanish sword dance.
The day is in Honour of the local patron Saint, St. Benito and after the religious events including a mass then the fun begins.
The villagers all join in dressed as swordsmen with white shirts and red waistbands all armed with swords have a huge battle in the Obejo village streets. It's a little bit unusual however even for Spanish entertainment as it is all carried out to music. The battle rages on until every one is tired or fall down due to drink at which point the the head is chopped off the ' master of ceremonies' after which in the usual fashion of entertainment in Spain every one gets down to some serious dancing and partying.
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Three Kings Cavalcade
In the procession of the Magi on January 5 , Kings on horseback distributed sweets and gifts to children .
San Antonio Abad
The Sunday closest to January 17 . In this celebration of the holder of the parish held a procession, which sometimes involved the Dancers of San Benito , offers crumbs on the town square to the audience and made popular games.

La Candelaria
The Saturday closest to February 2 where neighbors gather in some of the fires and taste the typical sausage, black pudding and grilled bacon.

For the carnival, in the month of February , from the school organizes a costume party with a parade and a chocolate for children. And adults can enjoy the carnival to form a group of village women.

Pilgrimage of San Benito
Takes place on the Sunday closest to March 21 . Start in town with the transfer of powers to the new Big Brother. Then follow in the chapel and its surroundings, where after the mass of pilgrims, beginning the procession , one of the most colorful of Andalusia , both the saint's image, which has hung his cloak tickets donated by devotees as the traditional dance of swords dancers starring San Benito, who they stage an ancient sword dance, known as Bachimachia, ending with the symbolic beheading of the teacher or patatú.

In Easter, the most emblematic Obejo procession is held on Easter Sunday and is the child of God . The procession is childish character, which involved children wearing the typical hornazos, like Easter Eggs. That same day, the custom of hanging Judas, dolls made from old clothes stuffed with straw, which often bear legends critical, satirical and mocking. On Good Friday, the association organizes a game of "tango", which is similar to bowls but with other standards.
La Feria de San Benito
La Feria de San Benito, Obejo pattern is around the second Saturday of July , which is sports, choice of Queen, a variety of contests and fireworks. The Saturday morning show for the pilgrimage also takes place, equal to the spring, repeating the ancient dance of the swords .

Tradition of gruel
In the early hours of 1 to November 2 is traditional to take porridge in the locks of the doors, which according to legend, is done so that night the evil spirits do not enter any houses .
Christmas, the birth of Jesus
On the night of December 24 when recalling the birth of Jesus, through the Retablo de los Angeles . This representation is very old, and the characters visit the homes of Obejo to report the birth and ask for the bonus. According to Luis Carandell, understood the issue, is the only representation of this type in which the figure of the devil is represented

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