Xlendi Gostra provides plenty of fun and excitement on Sunday
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Xlendi celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel over the weekend, with a programme of activities both inside the church and out.
A very popular event on the programe are the traditional water games, which took place on Sunday afternoon in the picturesque bay of Xlendi. The fine weather ensured that there was a large turn-out to watch the entertaining games and to cheer on the competitors.The events started with the rope competition, when 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 was followed by the the much anticipated Gostra (slippery pole) competition, which is undoubtedly the highlight of the afternoon’s games.The competitors found the going even tougher this year, because as well as the pole being well greased, it was also much longer – 40ft instead of the usual 26ft – however they didn’t give up and bit by bit they managed to edge closer to the flag attached at the end of the pole, hoping to reach the ultimate prize.
Photographs by Alain Salvary