The city of Dulantzi is already preparing for the descent of Tripafina. With just 24 hours to go before the city’s patron saint festivities begin, the Dulantziarras celebrate Santa Cata with a zurracapote competition led by the blouse and neska groups and a concert by Intxixu Taldea.
Although the Txupinazo will not be launched until tomorrow, Friday 8th, the city of Dulantzi is immersed in a festive atmosphere with the celebration of Santa Catalina.
There will be a Zurracapote competition for the blouse and Neska groups and clubs this afternoon from 7:00 p.m.
In addition, the performance of Intxixu Taldea is planned on the different streets of the historic center of the city. From tomorrow, Friday 8th, to Sunday 17th, Dulantzi will be immersed in seven intense days of celebration with the descent of Tripafina from the bell tower of the Church of San Blas.
Theater, music, gastronomic events, sports, or religious events such as the procession of the Holy Rosary of Torches will be among the most outstanding events on the program this year.
The ringing of the bells at 18:00 and musical entertainment with Sutan Txaranga through the old town warn of the imminent start of the celebrations, which will begin an hour later by the representatives of the Virgen de Aiala Cycling Sports Club, in charge of the start, becoming the festive Txupinazo, after which the descent of the festive figure Tripafina begins, with which the seven days of festivities in Alegra-Dulantzi in honor of the Virgin of Aiala begin.
One more year, and as it has been for 40 years, Tripafina will be crossing the skies of Dulantziarra in his best clothes to bring party and color to the small town of La Llanada.
After the first festive explosion, the little ones have the opportunity to run in front of the big heads and try to dodge the punches. There will also be a traveling circus show called Circus Parade with music, jugglers, acrobats, and tightrope walkers that will color the streets and squares of the historic center of the city.
The square will become the stage for Haize Dantza Taldea’s Dance Square on March 8th at 20:00. The festive program includes acts of great importance to the Dulantziarras, such as the traditional procession of the Holy Torch Rosary, in which the young men and women accompany the Virgin of Aiala from the monastery to the church, carrying candles. This act has been celebrated since 1954 and coincides with the proclamation of the Virgin of Aiala as the patron saint of Alegra-Dulantzi by Pope Pius XII.
Music will be another highlight of the day. From midnight on, Garilak 26 will perform in the square, or Dj Berix and Dj Morti in the txosnas.
Retirees, veterans, or local children will celebrate their special day with events specially dedicated to them, such as masses, meals, dancing for the elderly, or children’s games for the little ones.
The hermitage of Aiala will once again be the protagonist of the festival with the celebration of the traditional pilgrimage, where music and gastronomy will arouse the interest of most revelers. After a three-day hiatus, the celebrations return on Friday, May 15th, with a touring show to liven up the party to the max and the traditional bull banquet. Subsequently, the group Puro Relajo will perform as a prelude to a weekend in which they will go down for the sixth time Tripafina Txiki and Neska Txiki, there will be dances, games, concerts, a boxing show, or a children’s playground, among others, before Tripafina arrives on Sunday, 17th, at 21:30.