Statue of Begoña--Patron Virgin
Mary of Bizkaia
Basques have been Roman Catholics.
Some of the last converts among
western Europeans, the Basques soon
became some of the most fervent of
Christians in Europe. Across the
centuries Christianity infused
almost all aspects of Basque
Basque mass in
San Francisco, 2002
in America that influence is
manifested in various forms. Almost
every Basque picnic/festival
includes a Basque mass.
Aita Martxel Tillous
(Father) Martxel Tillous, from the
Diocese of Baiona, ministers to
the Basque-American community.
Click here to read about his
recent lifetime contribution award.
celebrations are distinguished by
the use of the
Basque language and oftentimes
liturgical dance. These include the
Agurra or Erreberentiza (Reverence)
Ezpata-dantza of Gipuzkoa is
oftentimes performed before the
|In Boise, Idaho a unique
set of dances from the town of Oñati are also
performed during their annual
celebration of the Feast of St.
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in Chino, California at their annual
festival the traditional "Besta
Berri" of towns in the Iparralde
(north side) of the Basque country
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