Between 11th and 15th August, the Pyrenean village of Jaurrieta
, in the Salazar valley
, celebrates its patron saint. The 15th is the main day, in honour of the Virgen Blanca (White Virgin Mary). The people carry an effigy of the Virgin to a chapel dedicated to her in a romería
After an open-air mass, at noon the women of Jaurrieta, dressed in thetraditional costume of the valley
- a black skirt and jacket of the same colour with gold ribbing - dance the "Axuri Beltza"
. This dance originated in Jaurrieta and has its own music and words; a popular song with period rhythms and clothes. It is a dance reserved for women "neska-dantza"
. While they dance in a circle to the sound of the txistu
(Basque flute), they sing the words: "Axuri beltza ona duk bainan xuria berriz hobea, dantzan ikasi nahi duen horrek nere oinetara begira (...)".
When the ceremony ends an "hamarretako"
) based on cheese, chistorra (spicy sausage) and wine is offered.