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Festival de San Juan, paraguay

Festival de San Juan, paraguay

To the casual observer, the Paraguayan festival of San Juan appears to follow the typical Paraguayan paradigm for parties and holidays--loud Paraguayan polka music, lines of people dancing, drinking and playing card games, and traditional foods such as sopa Paraguaya, chipa guazú and asado.

On second glance, and especially as the evening gets moving, things seem to take a surprising and curious turn. By the time young masked men can be seen jumping through flaming hoops made from forest vines, a little voice inside one’s head can be heard in the midst of the hooting and hollering (the classic and aptly dubbed ‘campo calls’)--”What in the world is going on here?”