Skip to comments.The Gavle Sweden Christmas Goat (Julbocken) Has Burned.
Posted on 12/01/2011 10:23:08 PM PST by prisoner6
How sad! This is one of the earliest burns I recall. Here is a link to an updating picture.
Here is a stock photo of the Julbocken.
It lasted only a couple of days.
Whats the point? You posted this like we have some kind of idea just what the heck this is and have an interest in it. Could you give us some background on why this is important?
FYI and Do you still have the ping list?
As far as background if you follow the link it's all explained there. Oh what the hey, here yunz go.
The biggest Christmas Goat in the world
The strange history of the Gävle Goat began in 1966. A man named Stig Gavlén came up with the idea of making a giant version of the traditional Swedish Christmas goat of straw. The aim was to attract customers to the the shops and restaurants in the southern part of the town centre.
On 2 December the 13-metre (42,6 feet) tall, 7-metre long, 3 tonne goat stood on the square. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, the goat went up in smoke. The perpetrator was found and charged with vandalism. The Gävle Goat has been burned down 24 times since then.
For more follow the link and look around.
I just recorded several George Thorogood mp3s from Youtube. Merry Christmas.
Seems like a nice tradition but I can’t help but wonder why Swedes would allow burning of a straw goat but condemn those who burn fossil fuels
Gävle Goat burned at. 2:54 at night. He had time to experience their 45 th birthday, but not a sparkling, white Christmas at the Castle Square. He did not experience their 45-year gift - to be transformed into a isbock. Ice cover would protect him against arsonists and make him uniquely beautiful. We will not build any new Gävle Goat this year, but to wish all of you who have followed him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
So the Julbock will not be coming back this year. No messages and emails to kids and kids at heart from around the world.
Some jackwagon had to ruin it.
This will not be a very merry Christmas without him. At least for those of us with interest in Scandinavian traditions.
LOL! We usually have the ceremonial burning of the Christmas eve dinner - and sometimes other things-, especially if the tradition of the oldest son preparing plum pudding and serving it flambe’ is done!
I need a pic of rob schneider screaming, “Goooooooaaaaaaaaaaat” from the zohan movie.
OK. Now that was interesting. So they build it now with the expectation that it will be burned now? Sounds fun. I’ll have to check in with my friends in Gothenberg and Stockholm on this. Thanks.
Scandinavians retain a lot of goofy holiday traditions from pre-Christian times. Maybe this is a relic from some practice of sacrificing a goat to Odin on the winter solstice.
Interesting tradition. Perhaps Cubs fans should emulate it, and torch a giant straw goat at Wrigley Field next April. Nothing else has worked to lift the curse...
I will raise a toast of glögg in honor of the poor, departed julbok. Skål!
skal och God Jul!
Please explain what good a Swedish thread is that doesn’t have any pictures of Swedish women.
And links to a couple of her videos.
there ya go, well done
There’s always some idiot who wants to ruin the fun for everyone else. A shame.
I posted the link to the webcam on Facebook.
Sweden’s Christmas goat torched yet again
Gävle Goat Burning 2013
Yup, I went to the website just before and after it had burned.
I wish they would at least keep the blog going through Christmas.
They had people wstching this year. How can it happen?
“Whats the point? You posted this like we have some kind of idea just what the heck this is and have an interest in it. Could you give us some background on why this is important?”
For less than the energy you spent whining like a lazy little girl you could have googled and found the answer.
Wow. I’m getting trolled for a post two years after the fact. I must really be special.
D’oh! Just shoot me.
I guess that means six more decades of socialism ...