Besta Berri

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Besta Berri is the Basque celebration of Corpus-Christi, literally “the Body of Christ,” held on or near the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. The feast originated in 1264 to commemorate the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist; a century later it was introduced into Euskal Herria (Basque Country) by Bishop Arnaldo de Barbazan at Iruñea-Pamplona. Over time Christian communities responded in various fashions, adopting their own local customs and traditions to this celebration.

Such is the case with the Basque community of Chino, California.  Based on the tradition from several towns in the provinces of Lapurdi and Benafarroa (the towns of Iholdi, Ezpeleta, Bidarrai, Ortzaize, Makea, Donostiri, etc.), the Chino Basque Club sponsors a variation performed every year at their festival the Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend.

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