Buenos Aires Celebrates the Basque Country
The largest of all communities of the Basque Diaspora is in Argentina (the United States is second). On Aug. 28, 2011 in Buenos Aires the Argentine Basque community put together an impressive mid-town celebration of various facets of "Basqueness."
Many of our Basque club celebrations are Basque-centric in that they are primarily aimed at fellow Basques, which of course makes sense. Basque clubs are seeking to keep Basques engaged and connected. But every now and then it is beneficial to go "outside the box" and present "Basqueness" (Basque culture and identity) in a broader forum.
The Argentine Basques, in an event coordinated by one of their oldest and largest clubs "Laurak Bat" of Buenos Aires, put on a one-day celebration and exhibition of many things Basque. This afforded many of their non-Basque neighbors an opportunity to learn more about the Basques--and who knows--maybe the occasion to trigger a conversion! Yes, Basque clubs do take converts in the sense that these people are interested in Basqueness and want to throw in and help out. Hey, there can never be too many people to help move tables and chairs!
ZORIONAK! Congratulations to our Argentine Basque friends on what seems to have a great event as shown in these photos below: