In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is a king.
The goat has been crowned as king as per a ritual of the Puck Fair which means “Fair of the He-Goat”. Puck Fair is one of the oldest street festivals of Ireland. As a part of the celebration of this festival, every year, a goat catcher from the town brings a wild mountain goat from its haven up in the mountains. A local young schoolgirl from one of the primary schools of the town crowns the goat as King Puck.
The Goat King Puck with Queen Puck IndiaTimes/ Reuters
The festival that is celebrated every year from August 10 to August 12 expects to attract over 1 lakh visitors this year. During his concise reign, King Puck will be treated royally and will be feasting upon ash tree branches, cabbage and water. The welfare of the goat is the foremost priority of the organizers who appoint an independent veterinary surgeon in King Puck’s fair. On the third and final day of the fair, King Puck is dethroned and sent back to its habitat in the mountains.