December 21, 2013 11:34 am

Vandals torch Sweden’s giant Christmas goat for the 27th time

A combo picture shows the famous Christmas goat befor and after it was burned in Gaevle, Sweden on December 21, 2013.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Vandals in Sweden have burned down for the 27th time a giant straw goat meant to symbolize Christmas spirit.

The 13-metre high and 3.6-ton heavy straw goat was engulfed in flames early Saturday after unidentified assailants attacked it in the Swedish town of Gavle, 150 kilometres north of Stockholm.

The straw goat is a centuries-old Scandinavian yule symbol that preceded Santa Claus as the bringer of gifts.

Since 1966, when the tradition of erecting the giant straw goat in the town square was introduced, Vandals have burnt it down 27 times.

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