Christmas Day
Fights That Settles one year Grudges
I was telling a
friend about boxing day, that to me it’s a day to punch the hell out of my
friends (joking) lolzz… Little did I know that is actually existing. It is
called Takanakuy.

This is an annual
established practice of fighting fellow community members held on 25 December
and not the initial December 26th (boxing day), by the inhabitants of
Chumbivilcas Province in Peru. The practice started in Santo Tomás, the capital
of Chumbivilcas, and has now[when?] spread to other villages and cities of the
country. The festival consists of dancing and of individuals fighting each
other to settle trudges and the show of manliness.
There are basic
activities accredited to this festival.
There are five
types of traditional ‘characters’ portrayed during the ceremony that have
different roles based on Andean cultural symbols. The majority of the dress is
based on traditional horse-riding gear and brightly colored Peruvian ski masks,
this includes; Majeno Quarawatanna, Negro, Langos, Q’ara Gallo
There is music
known as Waylilla! There’s taking of alcohol. But the one that got me attracted
to this festival is the fighting aspect. The procession to the fighting site
starts with a high-pitched falsetto, a method of voice production used by male
singers, especially tenors, on the streets. The procession is family oriented
as a preparation for the young children who will see the violent fights later
on in the day. Children also dress up for the occasion, usually resembling
their father’s character.
Now, the
interesting fact about this is, the purpose of the fighting is to settle
conflicts with an individual, friend, family member or to settle territorial
conflicts that have come up throughout the year. The style of fighting used
during the celebration is relatively similar to martial arts, which involves
kicking, punching, and quickness of their movements.
Those fighting call
out their opponents by their first and last name. They then proceed to the
center of the circle and start the fight. The men fighting must wrap their
hands with cloth before the fight. I know you will be like, what if its a woman
grudging on a man, would she not use her nails or teeth to fight the man?
Naaah! Finger scratching, biting, hitting those on the ground, or pulling hair
is not allowed during the fight. The winner is selected based upon a knockout
or intervention by the official. There are amateur officials who carry whips in
order to maintain the crowd under control. At the start and at the end of the
fight, the opponents must shake hands or give each other a hug.
If the loser of the
fight disagrees with the outcome, he or she can appeal for another fight. This
type of fighting also exemplifies one’s level of manliness in the community.
I think we need
this type of festival in Africa especially in Nigeria, lol… At least we can
call out some politicians we have been beefing for the last 360 days and beat
the hell out of some of the corrupt ones…. Lol… But just in case you have
someone you’ve been beefing for the past 360days, just buy a ticket for
him/her, travel together down to Peru, and beat him to coma! Lolzzzzz 


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