Today, December 3rd is Euskararen Nazioarteko Eguna, The International Day of Euskera, the Basque language. Every year, Basque clubs and entities all over the world organize events to mark this day promoting and celebrating the Basque language. The first Euskera Eguna was held on December 3, 1949 but later became official in 1995 when Eusko Ikaskuntza, the Society of Basque Studies in the Basque Country, and the Academy of the Basque Language, Euskaltzaindia made it an official celebration. December 3rd was chosen as the date to celebrate Euskera since it is the feast day Saint Francis Xavier who died in China on December 3, 1552. Legend has it that his last words were in Basque. Let us know how your club celebrated, or is planning to celebrate this important day in Basque culture. Just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, share your pictures and videos and we'll include them in next week's Astero.
New England Basque Club to Screen Song of the Basques
The New England Basque Club will be screening Song of the Basques at an event that will not only include the film, but also cider-tasting and pintxos. Mark your calendars for December 10, 2015 at 7:30pm at Assembly Row 12, 395 Artisan Way, in Somerville MA. Afterwards there will be a Q&A with the film's director, Emily Lobsenz. Tickets are available here and you can watch a trailer of the film here. For more information visit them on Facebook.