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Holidays and traditions

Holidays and traditions

There are many and varied festivals and pilgrimages that bring us closer to the traditions of Labastida. Traditions to which must be added a great cultural, sports and oenological agenda that completes the dynamics of the municipality with numerous events:

Thursday of All and Carnivals

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On Thursday of All, young people traditionally gathered in groups to eat eggs with chorizo ​​or chorizo ​​omelette in the houses or in the txokos.

The last few years, in addition to the gangs that continue to get together, it is celebrated from the City Council. At the exit of the schools a popular tea is organized with chorizo ​​omelette and potato omelette (taking into account the Arab population). It is the neighbors who provide the chorizo ​​and/or potato tortillas and it is the Council that brings the bread, first the sandwiches are distributed among the children and then the adults eat.

Among all the neighbors who bring an omelette, a prize draw is made.

To this tradition was added the holding of a “torrijas” contest, very typical in carnival, whose winner is given a prize.

The children come disguised as in the old days. This celebration continues as it has been stablished that the following Friday is a school holiday.

Pilgrimages of Santa Lucia and San Ginés (May)

They are celebrated in the month of May, in the vicinity of the hermitages of the same name. In the Pilgrimage of San Ginés, the battle of wine is organized.

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Open Days in Salinillas de Buradón (June)

The Salinillas de Buradón wineries open their doors for local residents to visit and taste the different wines and wineries throughout the town.

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Relics Festival (August)

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In honor of the Holy Martyrs of Cardeña, it takes place at the beginning of August. The festivities begin with the Chupinazo and the Descent of the wineskin.

Salinillas de Buradón Festivities (August)

With the Bajada del Moro, five days of Mugan Dantzan festivities begin, with a program of activities organized by the residents of the walled medieval town.

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Dance of San Roque (August 16)

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Pilgrimage accompanied by dantzaris from the Hermitage of San Roque to the Plaza de la Paz, where a colorful dance of medieval origin is performed. Ascent of the Saint to the Hermitage of Christ and mass in his honor.

Festivities of Christ or Thanksgiving (November)

Once all the work of the harvest is finished, in mid-November, we celebrate the Thanksgiving festivities, venerating the image of Christ.

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The Round (December 7)

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Ancient tradition of medieval origin lighting up the night of December 7 with different bonfires throughout the historic center. The municipal delegation makes the tour together with the band, concluding in the square, where the whole town tastes roasted chestnuts and zurracapote.

The Pastors (December 24 and 25. and December 31)

Traditional Christmas dance whose origin dates back to the 16th century and which takes place on the afternoons of December 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Plaza de la Paz and inside the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. In the performance, the shepherds, perfectly attired, gather in the square to announce the birth of the baby Jesus through dances and songs. December 31 is normally the turn for the most txikis.

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Other Celebrations

There are numerous celebrations in which the involvement of the people deserves to be highlighted: the Cencerrada (which is celebrated on the evening before Saint John), the Olentzero or the Cavalcade of the Kings, are just a few examples.

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