Slippery pole competition entertains the crowds in Xlendi Bay
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The Xlendi Gostra (slippery pole) competition took place yesterday afternoon, with the fine weather making sure that many visitors, locals and tourists alike, were there to cheer on the competitors.
The traditional games are part of the external feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and are held every year in the picturesque bay of Xlendi.
The rope competition started the afternoon events. In this game the participants have to to climb up a rope hanging down to the sea from another rope strewn across the bay. The aim of the game is to grab one of the five flags attached on the horizontal rope.
This is followed by the the much anticipated greasy pole competition. At first, the competitors found the going a bit difficult as the pole was well greased, but bit by bit they managed to edge closer to the flag attached to the end of the pole, hoping to reach the ultimate prize.
Photographs by Alain Salvary