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Day of the vixen'

Pilgrim's Way to Santiago
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Every 7th December, Mendigorría celebrates this curious tradition with a peculiar name. It is a fiesta in which people get together to eat and drink and pay tribute to an ancient custom that perhaps very few can actually remember. In the past, the men went around the village trying out the new wines from the bodegas to test their quality. To make sure their women did not bother them, they told them there was a zorra (vixen) loose in the streets, although the only zorra (which also means 'hangover') was the one they had thanks to the wine. Nowadays the villagers also enjoy chistorra (spicy sausage) and roast chestnuts, accompanied by the village band.

Cada 7 de diciembre, Mendigorría celebra esta curiosa tradición de nombre peculiar. Una fiesta en la que los vecinos se reúnen para comer y beber, haciendo honor a una antigua costumbre que, tal vez, pocos recuerden ya. En el pasado, los hombres iban por el pueblo probando los nuevos caldos de las bodegas para testar su calidad. Para librarse de las mujeres, les decían que había una zorra suelta por el pueblo, aunque la única zorra (cogorza) era la que llevaban ellos a causa del vino. Hoy en día, los vecinos disfrutan, además, de chistorra y castañas asadas, amenizados por la charanga de la localidad.

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