Bataille de reines - Combat final

Aosta

Croix Noire Arena
  • Sunday 20 October 2019
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Among the popular festivals in Valle d’Aosta which draw great audience participation, even from outside the region, it is the “Bataille de Reines”, where the “Reines” (Queens) are the cows who, with their production of milk, even in ancient times were the pivot of the farming economy. The event, which is centuries old, according to some actually from the 1600s, is held annually and its programme entails around 20 elimination rounds in various places in Valle d’Aosta (in the spring, summer and autumn) for a final which is held each year in Aosta’s Arena Croix Noire.
These are full-fledged “challenges” organised by the breeders with so-called “competitive” intentions, and it is important to point out that then as now, they were promoted with the idea of improving the race, to encourage agriculture, and the veneration for traditions, folklore and tourism.
They are bloodless, instinctive fights for the cows, the aim of which is to establish a hierarchy in the group by electing the “queen” in a natural manner.
This challenge between cows inspired the dialect poet Jean-Baptiste Cerlogne who, in 1858, described it wonderfully in the poem “La bataille di vatse à Vertosan” (The cow fight in Vertosan).

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Association Régionale Amis des Batailles de Reines
Loc. Grand Chemin, 16
11020 SAINT-CHRISTOPHE (AO)
 
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