Good Friday drumming tradition in a small town in Spain

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Good Friday drumming tradition in a small town in Spain

CALANDA, Spain, April 2 -- When Holy Week procesions were cancelled because of the COVID 19 restrictions in Spain, keeping a Good Friday drumming tradition alive took on additional importance for the residents of Calanda.

Dressed in vibrant purple costumes, they played drums in the streets, in front of houses or from balconies as part of the Rompida de la Hora'.

The drums boomed throughout this southeastern Spanish town of 3,700 inhabitants- but with all the players observing social distancing.

This holy week is a little sadder because I like to be with my friends and play the Calanda drum with them but we hope that this will pass next year and let us get together, said Ivan Rodriguez, 24, a drummer and local resident.

After all the suffering of the last year, Santiago Villanueva, another resident, said residents felt a strong need to keep up the tradition.

We are in a very sad time, but the spirit continues, said he.

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