In the town of Hellin in Central Spain, Easter is a time of deafening noise.?
In the town of Hellin in Central Spain, Easter is a time of deafening noise. Nearly three thousand drummers beat goatskin drums from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning. They take up the beat again from Saturday evening until East Sunday morning.
The custom dates back from about 1400 AD. Legend has it that in that year the Moors who still occupied much of Spain, launched an attack. Villagers of Hellin beat on drums and the tale says the Moors were frightened into flight. The tradition has been maintained since them at Easter time.
SYNOPSIS: In the town of Hellin in Central Spain, Easter is a time of deafening noise. Nearly three thousand drummers beat for two nights, watched by townspeople and tourists from all over Europe.
The religious significance of Easter still has a place in the procession. The people carry statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. But the drums only cease for twelve hours while the drummers rest before carrying on with the work in hand.
Legend has it that in the year 1400 AD the Moors - who still occupied much of Spain - launched an attack on the town. The villagers of Hellin beat drums and the tale says that the noise frightened the Moors into flight. Traditio has been maintained since then every easter watched by tourists from all over Europe.
After the festival, the goatskin drums are sold, fetching anything from 15 pounds to 150 pounds (sterling).