How do the Swede’s celebrate Christmas? They build a festive goat. How do they get through the season? They find ways to burn the goat down. In Gavle, lives a goat with a murky past:
1966: The first goat is burned down – beginning the tradition
1970: It is set on fire six hours after being erected
1971: Tired of arson, the project is abandoned. Schoolchildren build a miniature. It is smashed to pieces.
1976: A car crashes into the goat
1979: The goat is burned down before it is finished
1987: The goat is treated with fireproofing – but still goes up in smoke
2008: Burnt down
This year marks the 23rd time the goat has gone up in smoke. What a festive tradition!
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