La Descarga

July 16th. Cangas del Narcea (Asturias).
Pomp, ceremony and gunpowder often accompanies Spanish festivals. In the case of La Descarga, at Cangas del Narcea, they are certainly the protagonists. The excuse is the "santina", the Virgen of Carmen. Her arrival, on the evening of the 16th to the centre of the Roman bridge -which she crosses before heading back to the chapel of Ambasaguas- is the crucial moment. Bangers and rockets fill the air with a "symphony of gunpowder", shaking the foundations of this singular village where the notion of work (mining is the main occupation of its inhabitants) is only comparable to the notion of having fun.