Some Basque towns begin to suspend their festivals and events



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Thus, Tolosa has suspended the Bean Festival, and Murgia has decided to cancel the festivities this weekend. It remains to be seen what will happen with the Santa Lucia fair in Urretxu-Zumarraga, the Durango Fair, or the Santo Tomás de Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián fairs.


Juan Mari Aburto.  Image: EITB Media

The new order of the Basque Government to stop the progression of the pandemic has already had its first consequences, and this weekend neither the Tolosa Bean Festival nor the Murgia festivities will be held. After the last order of the Basque Government in which it leaves in the hands of the city councils “to suspend or temporarily postpone” mass events of all kinds, the municipal governments are now studying what to do with the fairs, festivals or other events.

Tolosa has suspended the Bean Festival that was going to be held this weekend, out of prudence and responsibility in the face of the evolution of the pandemic. As it is, they will not be celebrated nor the XXIX Contest of Producers of Bean of Tolosa, nor the XXXIV Gastronomic Contest of Bean of Tolosa. The Consistory maintains only the usual Saturday fair and cultural activities, which will be carried out following the preventive measures in force and under strict protocols.

Thus, the Tolosa City Council continues with the Nogën concert this Friday (November 19) at the Leidor, with the non-stop parade of the November 22nd Music Band (Santa Cecilia) and with the Aizkolaris Euskadi Championship of the November 28 at the Beotibar fronton.

Continuing with the suspensions, the Murgia Town Hall has decided to cancel the parties this weekend. They were originally going to be held in September, but had moved to this weekend.

Tolosa and Murgia are just two examples, and it remains to be seen what will happen with the Santa Lucia fair in Urretxu-Zumarraga, the Durango Fair, or the Santo Tomás de Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián fairs, to name a few events.

The City Council of Eibar has not made the decision on the celebration of the San Andrés festivities. According to Mayor Jon Iraola in ETB1’s “Egun on Euskadi” program, his wish is that they can be held but they are waiting to analyze the details of the order from the Basque Government.

The traditional Santa Lucia fair in Urretxu-Zumarraga. The municipalities of both towns have not made a final decision. In any case, the mayor of Zumarraga, Mikel Serrano, considers that it makes no sense to delay the Santa Lucia fair.

Asked by the St. Thomas fair, the mayor of Saint Sebastian, Eneko Goia, stressed that you have to be prepared to make the decisions you have to make in any scenario. For this reason, he has claimed to have the ability to adapt at all times.

Speaking at the end of a press conference, and asked if the traditional Santo Tomas fair, the mayor of Bilbao, Juan María Aburto, has assured that “it is not the moment to make decisions now.” After recalling that the City Council “does not organize Santo Tomás” but rather authorizes the occupation of public space, he stated that “it is time to reflect.” “The virus is still among us and what we have to do is a new call for commitment and responsibility,” he pointed out.

Aburto recalled that according to the order of the Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, of October 21, “the mask is mandatory indoors” and also in urban environments in which the distance of 1.5 meters is not respected.

On DurangoFor their part, the organizers of the Durango Fair have scheduled an appearance for this coming Monday.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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