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The Gran Batalla de Raïm

Binissalem is celebrating its Festa des Vermar, the annual wine harvesting festival. Yesterday, the village youth of Binissalem got into a bit of a fight over some sour grapes by staging the popular Gran Batalla de Raïm or grape throwing battle. You know, just like in Buñol (near Valencia) tomatoes are being thrown at each other, or melons are hurled in Vilafranca de Bonany, or hazelnuts in Ciutadella (in Menorca), or almond casks in Petra here in Mallorca, in Binissalem bunches of grapes are being flung at one another as an expression of youth and vitality, with a lot of exultation and joyfulness and perhaps, to some extent, even with some sexual innuendo.

Anyway, this afternoon the Festa dels Trepitjadors continues at 17h30 with the cheerful XII Concurs de Trepitjar Raïm (grape trodding competition) at the Plaça de l’Església. Festivities in Binissalem will continue until next Sunday, September 26th. Details of the festive programme can be downloaded from the website of the Ajuntament de Binissalem (in Catalan only).

The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of alavenga.com. The video clip was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and gesfit.

Thank you very much and moltes gràcies.

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