Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Spanish News for the English (1)

The 'Spanish News for the English' 2016 is a service in support of European Multiculturalism for English Boaters considering a different type of winter break. As an alternative to the more usual break of an ankle, leg or arm due to the inclement UK weather.

Dateline Castello De La Planta:

If you want something quaint and traditional inspired by religion - In Spain they like to throw from time to time a live Goat from church roof. Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of January, Which happens to be today. Its a time when hundreds of people, many who will be in fancy dress, descended on the sleepy village of 'Manganeses de la Polvorosa' to witness the annual ritual in honour of the local patron saint.

The goat emerged unscathed from the 15-metre (50-foot) plunge after tipsy revellers caught it in a canvas sheet and paraded it through the tiny village on their shoulders. Some of its predecessors have not been so lucky. The practice was banned and now a toy goat is thrown in celebration. Now that's quaint.

In Dénia and Alicante, bulls are chased off a pier into the sea where they often drown. Three years ago, Catalonia banned bullfighting but the correbous, in which bulls are chased down the street, often with flaming brands fixed to their horns, remain popular and legal.  In 2002 the Andalusian government banned the fiesta in Cazalilla, in which a live turkey is thrown from the church tower. But the practice continues and each year the villagers club together to pay the €2,000 £1,450 fine.

Aside from bullfighting, which still attracts large numbers of spectators. There are village festivals such as the toro enmaromado (roped bull), held to celebrate Corpus Christi in Benavente, Zamora, central Spain. Here, a bull has a rope tied to its horns while dozens of men chase and drag it to the abattoir. It has been declared an “event of regional tourist interest” by the regional government of Castile and León.Many other such cruel and unnecessary fiestas enjoy legal protection. 

Caveat: Due to language difficulties and the unavailability of translation services. There may be one or two small inaccuracies in the news provided.

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