Once every year, more than one thousand inhabitants of the Spanish village Calanda in the province of Aragon gather around the local church, take up their drums, form bands spontaneously, and start producing more or less arbitrary rhythms. This ritual jamming takes off at noon on Good Friday and ends exactly one day later on Easter Saturday. For twenty four hours and without pauses or orchestrated compositions, bands of drummers dwell through the streets of Calanda. When one band meets another band, they start duelling, until all drummers find themselves in agreement with a certain rhythm. After their encounter and mutual jamming, the bands move on and prepare themselves for the next battle.
This tradition, that has been celebrated during Holy Week in Calanda since the middle of the 19th century, was introduced to the world by the town's famous son, the world-renowned film director, Luis Buñuel.
Everyone and anyone can participate in "la rompida de la hora" in Calanda. The color is limited to ornamental purple robes and carbines. Elderly men and women, youth and children of all ages interpret the different rhythms when beating the drums.
Where and When:
"La rompida de la hora" is staged every year on Good Friday and starts at 12 in the afternoon and it last 24h until 12 in the afternoon of the following day.
The village of Calanda in Teruel province, is situated in the center of the region of Aragon. It is easy to get there by car or bus from Zaragoza. Zaragoza is well connected by airport and bus with the main Spanish cities.