The Abaltzisketa txantxos
are danced at carnival. The group comprises eight dantzaris, who are accompanied by the mozorroa
and the soinujolea
. On Carnival Sunday, they go from farmstead to farmstead asking for tips. The dantzaris use two small sticks and they dance the makila-dantza
. They bang their makilas
together to the rhythm of the biribilketa
as they go along the route.
carries a brush in his hand, which he uses to clean the halls or porches of the farmsteads so that the dantzaris can dance the makila-dantza
. The zesterua is
in charge of collecting the gifts of food and drink from the baserritarras.
is danced in Abaltzisketa on June 23rd, St. John’s Eve, at around 21.30 hours. The mayor leads the dance around the bonfire that is lit in the town square. The aurrendari
and the azkendari
lead the dance and young and old alike take part.