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Sanfermines in Lesaka

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Sanfermines de Lesaka
Sanfermines de Lesaka

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Sanfermines de Lesaka
The Sanfermines are not only held in Pamplona. In the north of Navarre, Located in the foothills of the Navarrese Pyrenees, Lesaka pays tribute to the same patron saint with a varied festivity programme. The festivity starts in both places on the same day, July 6th, and at the same time, 12 noon. They also start in the same way: a ceremonial rocket fired from the balcony of the town hall. From that moment on, the two localities live their festivities to the full, sharing features such as music, dances, general happiness, and a Mass and procession on the most important day of the fiesta: July 7th.

However, the Sanfermines of Lesaka are less well known than the festivity in Pamplona, but they are good alternative for enjoying a good day without crowds. Apart from the atmosphere, you will discover one of the most spectacular traditions of Lesaka: the ezpatadantzaris. These are folk dancers from the town who dance on only one day of the year: July 7th. A captain leads the procession made up of an equal number of young people in two rows, joined together with makilas (sticks). Their attire is white with coloured scapulars and ribbons, canvas shoes and bells on the calves.  

Among other dances, and before the attentive audience of many visitors, they dance the Zubigainekoa, which translated into English means "over the bridge".

This ritual dance is symbolic of the peace treaty that was signed in the 15th century between the neighbourhoods of Lesaka and puts the dantzaris (dancers) balance to the test as they have to dance along the walls of the river Onín without falling into the water.  Finally, the town flag is waved over the bridge.

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