Yesterday, April 24, the annual Nafarroaren Eguna or Navarre Day was held in Baigorri, with the (slightly tongue-in-cheek, one suspects) slogan: “Separatismorik ez! Nafarroa bat eta bakarra” (No separatism! One single Navarre).


The flag of Navarre. Image by Oren Neu Dag. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A number of different events were held throughout the day, including a tribute to musician and writer Manex Pagola, born in Landibarre in 1941, and author of well-known Basque songs like the children’s song “Urtxintxak” (The squirrels) and the evocative “Azken dantza” (Last dance), both memorably recorded by Pantxo eta Peio. The event was also attended by the president of the Foral Community of Navarre, Uxue Barcos, and the mayor of Iruñea-Pamplona, Joseba Asiron.

See a report on the day (in Spanish and Basque) by Nafar Telebista here.

And check out some photos from the event, courtesy of Berriahere.

Another key part of the day’s proceedings saw the Etxauzia Association raising funds as part of its campaign to buy the Etxauzia Castle. Its goal is to make it the premier cultural center for all Navarrese, on both sides of the border.  It is currently pursuing a fundraising campaign based on the idea of “one Basque, one euro.” Check out the following video, with images of the castle, accompanying this campaign: