GOSTRA IS A SPORT FEATURING PEOPLE RUNNING UP A GREASY POLE

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GOSTRA IS A SPORT FEATURING PEOPLE RUNNING UP A GREASY POLE

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PLAYED SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES, GOSTRA IS A TRADITIONAL MALTA SPORT IN WHICH PEOPLE RUN UP A GREASY POLE IN ORDER TO GRAB A FLAG AND WIN A PRIZE.

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Gostra is a traditional game played in Malta where people climb up a greasy pole to pull out a flag and win a prize.

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  • Gostra dates back to the Middle Ages
  • It was practiced all through the festive summer months
  • The pole is 10 meters long, sticks out over the sea, and only half of it is covered in grease
  • Each of the three flags on a gostra pole has a religious meaning
    1. The blue and white flag of the Madonna
    2. The yellow and white Vatican standard
    3. The Belgian tricolor representing the ancestral homeland of St. Julian
  • Each flag represents a special prize for whoever can reach them

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