• Short Summary

    In the Southern Spanish town of Hellin, the coming of Easter in celebrated with drums - thousands of them.

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    In the Southern Spanish town of Hellin, the coming of Easter in celebrated with drums - thousands of them. Almost everyone in the town has a drum and no Easter is complete without the traditional all night drumming session on the night of Easter Thursday (19 April).

    The noise of the drums is so great that conversations are impossible and television and radio programmes and telephone calls cannot be heard in the town. First there is the traditional Easter processing of penitents and townspeople carrying "Pasos". statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary, through the crowded streets. Then the drumming begins - and continues without interruption until the following day's procession.

    The drumming is part penitence and part celebration. Sometimes the drums are beaten so hard they burst. The tradition dates back seven centuries. The town was threatened by a marauding Arab army and the citizens beat all the drums in the town to give the impression that a Christian army was there. The trick worked. and the drums of Hellin have been beaten at Easter ever since.

    SYNOPSIS: In the Southern Spanish town of Hellin, the traditional Easter religious procession makes its way through the crowded streets.

    At the centre of the procession is the statue of Christ.

    The life-sized statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary - called Pasoa - are a tradition in Spain. In some areas, penitents walk in chains and scourge themselves with whipcords in memory of Christ's passion.

    In Hollin, the penitence takes a different form. After the procession, the people of Hellin begin a drumming session. Thousands of drums are beaten all night up until the following day's procession.

    Almost every inhabitant in the town has a drum and most of them beat their drums as loudly as they can. It is only partly an act of penance - it is also an act of celebration. It is a tradition that goes back seven centuries. the town was once threatened by a marauding Arab army. The towns people beat all the drums they could find to give the impression that a Christian army was passing through Hellin.

    The trick worked. And the drums of Hellin have been beaten at Easter ever since. Though the noise is so great that conversations are impossible and television and radio programmes cannot be heard.

    The drums are beaten so hard that they sometimes burst - ad then the children take over.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QOHTWMFNX0Z4HKC8YNIT3SFB
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QOHTWMFNX0Z4HKC8YNIT3SFB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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