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Montejaque hosts traditional 'game of the pitcher'

Water pitchers have taken on a new role in Montejaque.
Water pitchers have taken on a new role in Montejaque. / SUR
  • Teams compete in a tournament that involves throwing a clay water pitcher on Andalucía Day

The town of Montejaque, located in the Serranía de Ronda, is celebrating Andalucía Day with a traditional event known as the Juego del Cántaro. The 'game of the pitcher' is a participatory sport in which teams compete in a tournament that involves throwing a clay water pitcher.

The teams consist of six members who pass the jug between one another on a concentric pitch which gets wider as the game progresses. If the jug is dropped, the team is eliminated and the remaining teams continue until just two remain in the final.

The event is held during Montejaque's carnival week proceedings and the tradition of the game goes back to the last century, before the arrival of running water. Prior to the 1960s, local woman had to carry water from the central fountain, placing one pitcher on their head and a second vessel on the right hip. This practice is no longer necessary, but the pitchers have taken on a new role in this festival, which has been declared a Fiesta de Singularidad Turística Provincial.

The festival is held in the Plaza de la Constitución from midday on Thursday 28 February.