Monday, October 29, 2012


It began in at least 1273: Spanish shepherds used ancient droving routes to herd their sheep seasonally, a migration called transhumance. Land that was once open fields and woodland is now the modern city of Madrid, but the right is celebrated symbolically by herding as many as 2,000 sheep (pictured, photos from 2009, 2010, 2011,  and 2012) and cattle through the streets. It happened yesterday as it has happened for 700 years.

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