Dec 24, 2013
St. Petersburg Times
The skinny: Giant straw Christmas goat torched again in Sweden
Vandals in Sweden have burned down for the 27th time a giant straw goat meant to symbolize the Christmas spirit.
Swedish Christmas Goat Burned Down for 27th Time
The giant goat, made of straw, weighs over 3 tons and is over forty feet tall. But that didn't stop local vandals in the Swedish town of Gavle from setting it on fire once again.
Village's Christmas up in flames
A 13-METRE high, 3.6-tonne straw goat in Sweden symbolising Christmas spirit has been burnt down for the 27th time.
Sweden: Christmas goat engulfed in flames, charred to the ground for 27th time
The 13-meter high and 3.6-ton heavy straw goat was engulfed in flames early Saturday after unidentified assailants attacked it in the Swedish town of Gavle, 150 kilometres north of Stockholm.
Christmas is kind of a big deal, not only in the UK, but around the world. But forget about the big British holiday feasts and the endless streams of gifts; why not read up on the Christmas customs of some of our foreign neighbours? There's heavy emphasis on the decorating of trees here in Britain, and the same can be said in India.