john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Festival Haiku - Festival of the Pine, Barcelona


the festival of the Pine
the tree falls
the other way

the festival of the Pine
she prays to be
strong as a tree

Submitted: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
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Jan.2,2013: A Galejador climbs the selected pine tree during La Festa del Pi (The Festival of the Pine) in the village of Centelles in Barcelona on Dec.30. Early in the morning, men & women wear traditional costumes with the Catalan red hat known as Barretina & carry muskets as they walk into the forest to chop down a pine tree, load it on an ox cart and take it to the church in the village. The tree is decorated with bouquets of apples and wafers and hung inside the church.

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