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10:16am September 6, 2013

Yesterday, Lekeitio celebrated the famous “antzar eguna" or goose day.

An already dead goose (or a plastic goose, it varies almost every year) is hung by the legs from a rope that crosses above the harbour. Then, a contestant aproaches the goose in a boat, holds onto the goose’s neck and jumps into the water.

Then, on land, some men pull the rope quickly, elevating goose and man altogether. Then again, they quickly drop the rope, sinking both of them. Another pull, and up they go. This will continue until the contestant drops (he loses) or is able to pull out the animal’s head and neck (he wins).

This celebration was first documented in the 5th century, but academics reckon it’s far older.

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