Fighting festival in Peru - level 3
The annual Takanakuy festival in Peru brought together hundreds of costumed competitors to participate in the traditional fighting ritual.
The mass brawl took place on Sunday, aimed at settling old scores before the year’s end.
It serves as a form of community justice to quell simmering disputes between residents, allowing people to start the new year in peace.
The contestants, men, women and even children, many donning colourful face masks and Andean horse riding gear greeted each other with handshakes and hugs before lunging into the battle.
Judges and referees were on hand to declare the winners in fights stemming from legal matters to stolen lovers.
The confrontations are supervised by local authorities and referees mediate the bare-knuckled free kicking brawls.
Difficult words: brawl (a fight), quell (to end carefully), simmering (building), dispute (a disagreement or an argument), don (to put on), lunge (to go fast), stem from (to be caused by), mediate (to help two people fight without having too many problems).
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