for Ituren

for Ituren

In English…Please pray for the small town of Ituren, a small town of just over 500 people that is located in the Valley of Santesteban.  Ituren is known for the pagan carnival which it shares with the neighbouring village of Zubieta. This carnival, one of the oldest pre-Indo-European carnival in Europe, features young men from the village dressed in sheepskins and conical hats with ribbons as they carry horse hair whips and strap large cows bells around their waists which they ring in a deep, rhythmic way. The rest of the villagers dress up as demons and witches who scatter in their wake. The carnival symbolises the eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil; light and darkness, winter and spring. Today, would you pray for the spiritual darkness that still persists in many parts of the Basque Country, especially in small towns like Ituren.

En Castellano…Please pray for the small town of Ituren, a small town of just over 500 people that is located in the Valley of Santesteban.  Ituren is known for the pagan carnival which it shares with the neighbouring village of Zubieta. This carnival, one of the oldest pre-Indo-European carnival in Europe, features young men from the village dressed in sheepskins and conical hats with ribbons as they carry horse hair whips and strap large cows bells around their waists which they ring in a deep, rhythmic way. The rest of the villagers dress up as demons and witches who scatter in their wake. The carnival symbolises the eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil; light and darkness, winter and spring. Today, would you pray for the spiritual darkness that still persists in many parts of the Basque Country, especially in small towns like Ituren.

En Français…Merci de prier s’il vous plaît pour la petite ville d’Ituren, une petite ville d’un peu plus de 500 habitants située dans la vallée de Santesteban. Ituren est connu pour le carnaval païen qu’il partage avec le village voisin de Zubieta. Ce carnaval, l’un des plus anciens carnavals pré-indo-européens d’Europe, met en scène de jeunes hommes du village vêtus de peaux de mouton et de chapeaux coniques munis de rubans pendant qu’ils portent des fouets en crin de cheval et attachent de grandes cloches à la taille qu’elles sonnent , de manière rythmique. Le reste des villageois se déguisent en démons et en sorcières qui se dispersent dans leur sillage. Le carnaval symbolise la lutte éternelle entre les forces du bien et du mal; lumière et obscurité, hiver et printemps. Aujourd’hui, voudriez-vous prier pour les ténèbres spirituelles qui persistent dans de nombreuses régions du Pays basque, en particulier dans les petites villes comme Ituren.

Euskeraz…Mesedez, otoitz egin ezazu Ituren aldetik, Doneztebe Bailarako herri txiki honek 500 biztanleko kopurua ez duena ia-ia gainditzen. Ituren oso ezaguna dugu bere inauterigatik, Zubietarekin, bere aldameneko herria, partekatzen duena. Inauteri honetan, Europako aurre-indoeuroparreko inauteri zaharrenetako bat, herriko gizon gazteek parte hartzen dute, ardi larruaz eta zintazko txapela konikoak jantzitaz. Zaldi ileko zigorrak eta behi-kanpai handiak bere gerrien inguruan eramanez, sakon eta erritmiko modu batean jotzen dituzte. Beste herritarrok, deabruz eta sorginaz mozorrotuak beraien atzetik sakabanatzen dira. Inauteriak, argia eta iluntasuna; negua eta udaberria; on eta gaizto indarren artean betiko borroka adierazi nahi du. Gaurko egunean, otoitz egingo al zenuke  Euskal Herriko leku askotan, bereziki Ituren antzeko herri txikietan, jarraitzen duen espiritual iluntasunari aurre egiteko?