Man wearing lederhosen rides an ox

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Oxen racing

Martin Breiter competes in the fifth Ox-racing Championships on Aug. 26 in Muensing, Germany.

 

The competition, which takes place once every four years, involves jockeys clad in traditional Bavarian dress racing bareback on oxen across a field.

 

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Oxen with flowery wreath on its head

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Flowery livestock

An oxen's head is decorated with a wreath of flowers in preparation for the festivities. After the conclusion of the racing events, competitors and spectators come together for an "Ox Ball," featuring dancing and a roasted ox.

 

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