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Climbing the greasy pole at Malta festival
For more than a century, locals in the small Maltese town of St Julian’s have celebrated their patron saint by running up a steeply angled log, smeared with lard, protruding over the sea.
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
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August 27, 2018
A competitor tries to grab a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor tries to grab a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of...
A competitor tries to grab a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
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August 27, 2018
A competitor tries to grab a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor tries to grab a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
A competitor tries to grab a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9Q
August 27, 2018
A competitor swipes lard off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, as he falls into the sea during the...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor swipes lard off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, as he falls into the sea during the...
A competitor swipes lard off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, as he falls into the sea during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YWA3
August 27, 2018
A competitor slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious...
A competitor slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
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August 27, 2018
A competitor plunges into the sea after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor plunges into the sea after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the...
A competitor plunges into the sea after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YWA0
August 27, 2018
A competitor runs up the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor runs up the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious...
A competitor runs up the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
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August 27, 2018
A competitor hangs onto the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, after slipping during the celebrations...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor hangs onto the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, after slipping during the celebrations...
A competitor hangs onto the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, after slipping during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
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August 27, 2018
A competitor grabs a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor grabs a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
A competitor grabs a flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9O
August 27, 2018
A competitor slips on the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor slips on the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
A competitor slips on the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YWAA
August 27, 2018
A competitor plunges into the sea while clutching the final flag after falling off the "gostra", a pole...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor plunges into the sea while clutching the final flag after falling off the "gostra", a pole...
A competitor plunges into the sea while clutching the final flag after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YWA9
August 27, 2018
A competitor grabs the final flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor grabs the final flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
A competitor grabs the final flag as he slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YWA2
August 27, 2018
A competitor plunges into the sea while clutching a flag after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor plunges into the sea while clutching a flag after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered...
A competitor plunges into the sea while clutching a flag after falling off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations for the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9U
August 27, 2018
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9C
August 27, 2018
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW93
August 27, 2018
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9P
August 27, 2018
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious...
A competitor falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9M
August 27, 2018
A competitor grabs a flag as he falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor grabs a flag as he falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations...
A competitor grabs a flag as he falls off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9N
August 27, 2018
A competitor swipes lard off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, as he falls into the sea during the...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
A competitor swipes lard off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, as he falls into the sea during the...
A competitor swipes lard off the "gostra", a pole covered in lard, as he falls into the sea during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
MALTA-POLE/TRADITION
RTS1YW9D
August 27, 2018
People wait for the start of the "gostra" competition, in which participants have to run up a pole covered...
ST JULIAN'S, Malta
People wait for the start of the "gostra" competition, in which participants have to run up a pole covered...
People wait for the start of the "gostra" competition, in which participants have to run up a pole covered in lard, during the celebrations of the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, Malta August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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