Castelling in Catalonia (8/20)

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In Catalonia, Spain, one of the most unusual ‘sports’ is called castelling.Human towers are formed–performed!–by people climbing on top of each other’s shoulders until the tiniest human reaches the top. Families from different Catalonian towns have teams that practice diligently over the winter. Then in April, the season starts and they compete in town squares while thousands of fans watch, with the final competition on November 1st, All Saints Day.

Each tower consists of hundreds of people, with the baselayer being as many as five hundred people alone. There’s costumes, music, TV cameras, and as always, good food.

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Written by James Metcalfe

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