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There's A Festival Where Men Run Up A Greased Pole To Snatch Flags

It's called the gostra and it's for a festival commemorating a patron saint in Malta.

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There's a festival in Malta where men run up a greased-up pole to snatch flags.

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The pole is called a "gostra."

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It's part of a religious feast for St. Julian, who is the patron of the town of St. Julian's, outside Valletta, the capital of Malta.

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The sport dates back to the Middle Ages.

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And you can win prizes if you successfully get a flag.

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But it's really hard to do.

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May to September is peak festival time in Malta, with towns and villages commemorating patron saints nearly every weekend.

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