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   Undertoad  Thursday Sep 21 12:33 PM

September 21, 2006: Spanish Antzar Eguna festival: decapitate the goose



From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this item, with which we continue the weird festival IotDs. The official caption:

Quote:
As part of the Basque San Antolin festival, a contestant in the "Antzar Eguna" (Day of the Geese) competition attempts to decapitate a dead goose. The animal is suspended from a rope in the middle of the harbour and contestants have to hold onto the goose for as long as possible while being dunked in the sea by onshore spectators raising and lowering the rope.


Googling around for "Antzar Eguna" turned up a bit more information. Turns out, in another part of this festival, they try to decapitate the dead goose while on horseback.

Also turns out, until a few decades ago, the geese were alive during these competitions.

ThinkSpain:
Quote:
The Day of the Geese contest has been held during the San Antolín festival since 1877, being held previously either during the San Roque or Andra Mari festival in August. Whereas the contest used to be held in the town's main square, it has been held over water since 1722. Apparently, it is traditional to settle any dispute about the winner with a rowing race round San Nicolás island out in the middle of Lekeitio bay.
Pull the heads off a few geese and then row around the bay. Okay. It would appear that some of these festivals are better than others.


Elspode  Thursday Sep 21 05:42 PM

Here's a bumper sticker idea for this festival.

"¡Toque la bocina si usted adora decapitar los gansos!"



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 21 06:27 PM

The Sydney Morning Herald Snapshots gallery for the 21st has a 2.5 million dollar bra.



milkfish  Thursday Sep 21 06:55 PM

There's a special place in Hell for those who make sport with inoffensive dead critters, imho.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
The Sydney Morning Herald Snapshots gallery for the 21st has a 2.5 million dollar bra.
Here. It doesn't seem to have much thermal insulation, so one might want to wear something else when the weather turns nippy.


Crimson Ghost  Friday Sep 22 01:36 AM

Oh, I thought this thread had to do with Anthony Edwards or Steve Bisley.



magilla  Friday Sep 22 12:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by milkfish
There's a special place in Hell for those who make sport with inoffensive dead critters, imho.



Here. It doesn't seem to have much thermal insulation, so one might want to wear something else when the weather turns nippy.
It doesn't even look comfy. Look at those pointy tips pressing into her chest.

Chris


capnhowdy  Friday Sep 22 08:16 PM

Hell with the spaniards. sheesh.



Sundae  Wednesday Sep 27 01:18 PM

At least the geese are dead - there are still blood fiestas in Spain where live chickens are used. They've only recently stopped throwing goats and donkeys from high places....

But then if you're pro-bullfighting I suppose it would be hypocritical to deny villagers the pleasure of their own kill.



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