Honey, we need to talc…
Okay, the folks in these pictures are coverd in talcum powder from a traditional Powder Day festival in their Spanish village.
The caption tells us that festival participants “hurl talcum powder at each other until they are completely covered with it,” and that in the past, “young men used this game to seduce girls.”
Are you kidding me? That worked to seduce girls?
Hey, señorita! Look up here! Gotcha! Hope you enjoy this 50-pound bag of Johnson and Johnson’s all over you!
Oh Lonnie, you miscreant scalawag! You’ve ruined my brand-new Easter dress! It’s kind of a turn-on! Let’s go to a motel!
Great! Another successful talcum powder seduction!
You see what I mean? There just doesn’t seem to be a ring of truth here.
Personally, I like to think it’s not talcum powder at all. I prefer to believe we’ve stumbled upon the biggest coke orgy in Europe, and they just made up this talcum powder crap to fool outsiders.
Yep, that works for me.
Top: A couple with their faces covered in talcum powder pose for a photo during “El Dia de los Polvos” (Powder Day) festival in the southern Spanish village of Tolox March 8, 2011. During the carnival, it is traditional, especially for young people, to hurl talcum powder at each other until they are completely covered with it. In the past, young men used this game to seduce girls. Although the method of courtship has changed in modern days, the tradition of throwing powder on one another without distinction of gender or origin continues.
Right: A man covers the face of a woman with talcum powder during “El Dia de los Polvos.”
LEft: People with their faces covered in talcum powder perform a traditional dance during “El Dia de los Polvos.”
REUTERS photos by Jon Nazca