A Traditional Sport on La Palma

I never got to the fiesta in Garafia, but my friends Helen and Theresa did, and they took this video of a dragging contest. Basically, the oxen have to drag a heavy weight against the clock, and the fastest team wins. Obviously this tradition goes back to the days before tractors when oxen were the heaviest machinery on the island, but these days its a sport.

San Antonio del Monte fiesta, Garafia, La Palma island.  Photo by Theresa Davis.
San Antonio del Monte fiesta, Garafia: Photo by Theresa Davis

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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