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Cascamorras Festival

A couple painted with black grease kiss to each other as they take part at the traditional festivities of the Cascamorras festival, in the streets of Baza, Granada, Spain, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. During the Cascamorras Festival, and according to an ancient tradition, the people from Baza try to stain with this grease the Cascamorras, a man coming from the nearby village of Guadix to steal the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad, or Virgin of Mercy. He can only recover the statue if he gets there clean, something that has never happened in the five centuries of the ritual. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

Cascamorras Festival

During the Cascamorras Festival, and according to

an ancient tradition, the people from Baza try to stain with this

grease the Cascamorras, a man coming from the nearby village of Guadix

to steal the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad, or Virgin of Mercy.

He

can only recover the statue if he gets there clean, something that has

never happened in the five centuries of the ritual. (Associated Press)