This week we would like to extend our wishes for a verry happy New Year! Urte berri on!

We are sharing a tradition of New Year's caroling from Bizkaia featured on Urte Sasoiak, a collaborative effort of Euskal Herriko Ikastolen Elkartea and Labayru Ikastegia.

On New Year's Day it was traditional for young people to go from farmhouse to farmhouse singing their request for goodies. This kind of collection ritual is known, in general, as puska biltzea and is carried out for Saint Agatha and Saint John's Eve and other feast days as well. The lyrics of the songs reflect each unique occasion. The following from Elantxobe is one of many versions for New Year or Urte Barri in Bizkaia:

Urte Barri Barri

Urte barri
txarri belarri
dekonak emon ez dekonari
Nik ez dekot eta niri.

Si si si
no no no

otzara bete solomo
Hiru intzur ta lau gaztane
horren gainea lau sagar
nik dauket altzoe zabal, zabal

New Year
Pig ear
Those who have, give to those who don't
I don't - give to me

Yes, yes, yes
no, no, no

Fill my basket with pork loin
three walnuts and four chestnuts
four apples on top of that
My apron's spread wide to receive






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