population six: pyrenean notes: Carnival Season
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Carnival Season

All party goers be advised that February is carnival month in the Pyrenees. Last weekend, things kicked of in Gistain. This weekend, it is Plan, the following San Juan de Plan and the last weekend in February Bielsa. Traditionally, the "joventud" (young folk) do the "ronda" (tour) of all the houses in the village on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Sometimes, it is a struggle to get round them all, especially as drinks and nibbles are served in all houses. It becomes an increasingly spirited affair and there is much singing and dancing accompanied by the local musicians on their accordians, pipes, horns, guitars...After a hearty dinner, the party continues well into the early hours with the afternoon session starting at 9pm and the evening session at midnight. Fancy dress obligatory!

Posted by Jayne at 11:23 ·


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