THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

The Big List: Silly Days

Pillow fights are just the tip of the ridiculous iceberg. From melting ice to fire dancing and bridge tug-of-war, here are the silliest days of the year.


By The Phuket News

Friday 10 April 2015, 08:00AM


Goose Day

The Basque region of Spain is, well, different. For over 350 years, the locals have celebrated Antzar Eguna, also known as Goose Day, where young Spanish men attempt to decapitate a goose that is left hanging from a rope – don’t worry, the goose is already dead. It all goes down in the middle of the town’s harbour so thing usually get a bit wet. If the person falls into the harbor without the decapitated head, it’s considered a fail and another attempt is made. This ecclesiastical festival (celebrated during the Feast of St. Antolin) was celebrated all over Spain before it was decided that it’s simply too weird.

 

Bridge Game

QSI International School Phuket

Other than a vertically-challenged tower, Pisa is also home to an interestingly weird game called Il Gioco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge). Six teams of 20 men, each of which represent six of the historical sections of the city, “battle” each other by playing a large game of tug of war – basically they push a giant wooden cart from one side of the Ponte di Mezzo bridge to the other, while the opposing team tries the same. The game harkens back to the days when men fought bloody battles over possession of the bridge.

 

Fire Feast

For eight days beginning May 21, revellers in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria celebrate the feat of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena (known as Anastenaria) by walking, dancing and stomping on hot coals. Many revellers claim not to feel the flames. At some point during the festival, a sacred bull is sacrificed and every village family is given meat and sandals from the hide. The ritual dates back to the Middle Ages when residents of the local area were unharmed after rescuing several icons from a church fire. 

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Police parade in show of New Year readiness

Highway Police? I fall of my chair! Since when has Phuket highway police? Anyone? And the general fo...(Read More)


Phuket Police parade in show of New Year readiness

OK, I'll ask the question... how does a parade show readiness? And if it does, just what are the...(Read More)


Army ‘asks’ Phuket operators to cease hiring illegal tour guides

So foreign guides would "exploit" tourists and Thai's wouldn't? It's time t...(Read More)


‘Distressed’ elephant photo spurs zoo probe

..."But they ( zoo keepers) insisted the animals were not suffering any health problem".. ...(Read More)


Army ‘asks’ Phuket operators to cease hiring illegal tour guides

I read again: " The Chinese market has also fallen - meaning that fewer illegal tourguides are ...(Read More)


Stalled start to Phuket’s ‘Seven Days of Danger’ New Year road-safety campaign

Why they announce with dry eyes and 'serious face' twice a year a 7 Days of Danger campaign?...(Read More)


Property owners to be targetted as fake goods raids hit Patong, Central

I wonder why the Patong police were not involved ......? ...(Read More)


Police apologise for Frenchman’s murder

Talk is cheap, let’s see a swift and severe prosecution and sentence. Seems little doubt over his ...(Read More)


Phuket tourist passenger van driver takes out motorbike on second day of work

Very good question regarding insurance. They complain that the tourists without insurance cause a fi...(Read More)