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Spain: Geese decapitated in local festival

Spain, Lekeitio, Basque Country
September 5, 2013 at 17:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: Geese decapitated in local festival

Day of the Geese or 'Antzar Eguna' a traditional local festival took place in Lekeitio, Basque Country Thursday. The festival involves people approaching in boats and catching geese suspended in the air by a rope with the hope of getting hold of the goose, breaking its neck and taking the off head. One of the team is bounced up and down by tensing a rope held by the rest of the team until he either succeeds in ripping off the goose´s head or falls into the water. The winning team is the one that decapitates the goose most quickly.

A tourist from the United States said, "I think it's important for talented cities like this to keep these traditions alive, and, as I understand it they use dead gees here now, the used to use live geese but now they use a dead one."

A local said, "It's a 300 year tradition, and everybody that comes here always comes again, because they like it, even people that are from the village and all around Basque Country, so I think it's a great day."

Animal rights activists object to certain Spanish traditions that involve the death of an animal to entertain. Antzar Eguna is often attacked and as a result, dead geese are used instead of live ones.

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Spain: Geese decapitated in local festival

Day of the Geese or 'Antzar Eguna' a traditional local festival took place in Lekeitio, Basque Country Thursday. The festival involves people approaching in boats and catching geese suspended in the air by a rope with the hope of getting hold of the goose, breaking its neck and taking the off head. One of the team is bounced up and down by tensing a rope held by the rest of the team until he either succeeds in ripping off the goose´s head or falls into the water. The winning team is the one that decapitates the goose most quickly.

A tourist from the United States said, "I think it's important for talented cities like this to keep these traditions alive, and, as I understand it they use dead gees here now, the used to use live geese but now they use a dead one."

A local said, "It's a 300 year tradition, and everybody that comes here always comes again, because they like it, even people that are from the village and all around Basque Country, so I think it's a great day."

Animal rights activists object to certain Spanish traditions that involve the death of an animal to entertain. Antzar Eguna is often attacked and as a result, dead geese are used instead of live ones.

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