This article was translated by John R. Bopp
Make bigger. It was also on the website of the American network ABC. But in this case, it’s one of the “10 Photos of the Week”.
The Antzar Eguna in Lekeitio is a substantial part of the group of more traditional fiestas we can find in the Land of the Basques. The first written reference to it can be found in the archives of this municipality, dating to 1631.
In the last few years, this people’s festival, the Day of the Geese, has been adapted to fit the morals of a modern society that expects more civilized attitudes, that do not reflect the more “natural” behaviors of earlier times.
We’re speaking about this because the Singapore daily Straits Times has used a photo of this celebration in its “Photos of the Day” section. We’re sure that in the East, these traditions and festivals must be seen as clear signs of the exotism of the Far West.
By the way, this isn’t the first time we’ve reference this newspaper in our blog. In 2014, we dedicated a warm and passionate article to the show Basque group Kalakan gave in the city-state.
The Straits Times – 6/9/2016 -Singapur
Today in Pictures, Sept 6, 2016
A man attempts to pull the neck off a dead goose while being repeatedly plunged into the water during Antzar Eguna (Day Of The Goose) in the Basque fishing town of Lekeitio, near Bilbao, northern Spain, September 5, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
ABC – 6/9/2016 – USA
This Week in Pictures: Sept. 3, 2016-Sept. 9, 2016
A man attempts to pull the neck off a dead goose while being repeatedly plunged into the water during Antzar Eguna (Day Of The Goose) in the Basque fishing town of Lekeitio, near Bilbao, northern Spain, Sept. 5, 2016. Geese are hung from a rope over the harbour as participants passing on a boat attempt to grab the animal and are then lifted up and plunged into the water until they pull off its neck or fall down into the water.