Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme
The Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme also known as 'The Festival of Near Death Experiences' occurs annually on the 29th July in the town of Las Nieves, Spain.
 
The festival started as a way for the local people to celebrate overcoming a near death experience, although it has grown over the years and now draws reasonably large crowds and participants from further afield.
 
The people lucky enough to have survived a near death experience within the 12 months prior to the festival, are carried through the town to the church of Santa Marta inside their very own coffins. The loved ones carrying the coffins are all dressed in funeral attire and chant hauntingly as they proceed to the church.
 
A mass is carried out inside the church to pay respects to Santa Marta, (the Saint brought back from the dead by Jesus) and then celebrations ensue. Storytelling, fireworks and gypsy dance bands fill the streets for the rest of the day.
 
More information about the festival is available at:
www.spanish-fiestas.com/festivals

 
 
Coffins at the festival of near death experiences