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Day of the Decapitated Geese in Basque Country

Spain, Lekeitio
September 06, 2019 at 04:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Day of the Geese or 'Antzar Eguna' took place in Lekeitio in Spain's autonomous Basque Country on Thursday.

The traditional local festival involves teams in boats approaching 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 member 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 is quickest to decapitate the head of the goose.

Animal rights activists have objected to Spanish traditions that involve the death of an animal to entertain. As a result, Antzar Eguna uses dead geese instead of live ones.

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Day of the Geese or 'Antzar Eguna' took place in Lekeitio in Spain's autonomous Basque Country on Thursday.

The traditional local festival involves teams in boats approaching 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 member 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 is quickest to decapitate the head of the goose.

Animal rights activists have objected to Spanish traditions that involve the death of an animal to entertain. As a result, Antzar Eguna uses dead geese instead of live ones.

W/S People rowing, Lekeitio

M/S Residents of Lekeitio wearing traditional clothes

M/S Residents dancing

C/U People gathering for 'Geese Day'

M/S People on boats

W/S People on boats

C/U Spectators

W/S Man jumping to water and being pulled up and down

W/S Man being pulled up and down from water

M/S People pulling from rope

SOT, 'Geese Day' Attendee (Basque): "Local groups of friends get together to see how many lift ups can take holding the goose's neck. Back in the day the winner would be the fastest to behead the goose, nowadays the person who resists the most lift ups wins.”

W/S Man being pulled up and down from water

W/S Man being pulled up and down from water

W/S People gathering at harbour

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