Wet, dirty, greasy or sticky, it doesn´t matter; quite the opposite, it looks as if this kind of festival attracts more and more visitors; and The Cascamorras is a good example of it.
The photos above show the main colours at the Cascamorras festival. While in Baza participants get this black colour from drums with “ecological” paint provided by the city council, in Guadix , where the brown colour dominates, this is obtained after mixing powdered pigments with water.
HISTORY ABOUT THE CASCAMORRAS
This tradition is believed to date back to the late 15th century, when a farmer from the village of Guadix found an image of the virgin while working in a field located in Baza. It was at this time that a conflict started because people from both villages wanted the image. After being resolved in court, the virgin has always stayed in Baza, although the neighbours of Guadix have the right to enjoy the virgin once a year. The “Cascamorras” was kicked out from Baza that first time and, up to now, he has never been allowed to get the virgin, having to contend not only with people from Baza, but also with his neighbours when he returns home without the image.
The Cascamorras in Baza
The entrance of the Cascamorras in Baza takes place on the 6th of September, which is the first day of the Fair of Baza. Everybody goes to the hill to get ready for the fiesta. As soon as the Cascamorras appears the run starts up to the church where the virgin of the Piedad is.
The Cascamorras in Guadix
Three days later the Cascamorras returns to Guadix and people celebrated it painted in different colours.
THE ‘CASCAMORRAS’ FOR CHILDREN
A new Cascamorras has been held in Guadix for the last years, this one for children, in which confetti and streamers replace paints.
*Festival of International Tourist Interest.
Tips and recommendations:
You should come and take part on this festival soon, in few years it may become another “Tomatina” and the essence of the tradition will have dissapeared.
Apply olive oil to your skin before the painting unless you want to keep the colours on your body for several days.
Avoid using flip-flops as they can be dangerous.
Before choosing the dates, you should take into account that, while the Baza´s fair is beginning with the Cascamorras and different activities and a night fair are held the following days, in Guadix the patronal fiesta is over. But, the wealth on Guadix monumental and its artistic patrimony, as well as its troglodyte caves, can be reason to decide to enjoy the festival here.