Story By: Angjela Trajkovska, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@CHICACERETE
This is the moment a tree falls on top of a young man after festival goers try to erect it on the public square as part of a traditional celebration.
The incident took place in the small community of Remolino outside Santa Cruz de Lorica in the northern Colombian department of Cordoba, where the festival is celebrated every year.
In the video footage, a group of people are seen trying to erect the tall tree on a bustling public square with scores of festival goers looking on.
However, the group loses control of the tree and it falls across the public square, toppling on top of one man who scrambles in vain to get out of the way.
At the end of the clip, the man – identified as George Lopez Martinez – is seen lying on the ground motionless.
According to local media, the flattened man’s sister took him home to patch him up saying he had in the end only been stunned and had suffered a chin injury.
While there, he used the opportunity to spruce up before going outside to rejoin the festivities, according to reports.
Picture Credits: CEN
A similar incident took place on the public square a few years ago when another tree-planting episode was bungled, resulting in a man breaking his leg.
While some families light candles in their homes, others go outside to plant a tree on the square which everyone then dances around.
The tradition is over 100 years old and is accompanied by lively music and fandango dancing.