Members of the Chumbilbilca community take part in a fighting festival
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Peru stages Christmas Day fighting festival

Members of the Chumbilbilca community near Cusco in Peru have marked Christmas Day by taking part in a series of public bare-knuckled fights to settle scores ahead of the New Year.

The annual tradition, known as Takanakuy, aims to air pent-up grievances and apparently strengthens community relationships.

The event is mediated by refererees and, it is claimed, rarely results in serious injuries.

Hard feelings set aside, the day is wrapped up with a celebratory dance.

  • 27 Dec 2010