AP PHOTOS: Costumes, cowbells herald Spanish winter ritual


              Men dressed in sheepskins and jingling bells to make noise, walk to take part at the traditional ancient festival "La Vijanera" in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Members of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' march during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Members of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' dance during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio', dressed in sheepskins and jingling bells to make noise, poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Members of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' dance during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Men dressed in sheepskins and jingling bells to make noise, march during the traditional ancient festival "La Vijanera" in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio', dressed in sheepskins and jingling bells to make noise, poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Men dressed in sheepskins and jingling bells to make noise, perform symbolising the death of the bear, during the traditional ancient festival "La Vijanera" in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Men dressed in sheepskins and jingling bells to make noise, march during the traditional ancient festival "La Vijanera" in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' blows a horn during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Members of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' dance during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Jorge Ceran, 31, and Pablo, members of La Vijanera, pose during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. Traditionally held on New Year's Eve, it is now held on the first Sunday of the year, unless New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, as it did this year, when it pushed back to Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The male adults of Silió, a village in Cantabria of some 500 inhabitants, once again dressed in their homemade costumes to recreate the ritual slaughtering of a bear after "La Vijanera" festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The festival, whose roots extend into the Middle Ages, was banned under the 20th-century dictatorship of Francisco Franco, a fervent Catholic whose regime persecuted this and other traditions of pagan origins. But a group of youths set out to restore the tradition in the early 1980s after the return to democracy in Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The male adults of Silió, a village in Cantabria of some 500 inhabitants, once again dressed in their homemade costumes to recreate the ritual slaughtering of a bear after "La Vijanera" festival was cancelled for two years due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio' poses during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The clanging of cowbells as dawn breaks in a remote Spanish village is nothing other than the restoration of the cosmic order with the return of an ancient winter festival. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A member of the carnival group 'La Vijanera de Silio', who represents the role of a wild bear, runs during the traditional ancient festival in the town of Silio, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The clanging of cowbells as dawn breaks in a remote Spanish village is nothing other than the restoration of the cosmic order with the return of an ancient winter festival. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
AP PHOTOS: Costumes, cowbells herald Spanish winter ritual