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World of Mouth: The Burial of the Sardine
The column that brings you festivals from around the world; this week why are are the Spanish people holding funerals for sardines?
If you happen to be in Madrid on March 9th this year, you might see them. A group of men and women walking through the streets, the men clad in black capes and top hats, the women in black lace mantillas. The traditional Spanish mourning clothes, tears, and an abundance of Kleenex make it obvious that this is a sad occasion. Or is it? Because upon closer inspection you might see that the tears are just as likely to be of laughter and merriment than of grief….