Euskara Eguna - Day of the Basque Language

12/2/13 - 12/8/13

The International Day of the Basque Language, annually celebrated on December 3rd, was institutionalized by the Basque Government and the Royal Academy of the Basque Language (Euskaltzaindia) in 1995.

However, its origins go back to 1948, when the 7th Congress of Eusko Ikaskuntza-Society for Basque Studies reached the following agreement: “a day of the Basque language will be celebrated worldwide once a year on December 3rd”. Following that proclamation, Euskara celebrated its first International Day in 1949 to vindicate the universality of the Basque Language.  

December 3rd is St Francis Xavier day, a missionary from Navarre born in the 16th century. According to the legend, his last words before dying on December 3rd 1552 were in Basque. 

On the occasion of the International Day of the Basque Language, public and private entities alike, as well as various associations, organize several activities (roundtables, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, cultural performances, etc.) to celebrate and support Euskara. Check out any of the following events to help spread the Basque language and culture!

Gabonetako Kantak - Christmas Caroling
December 1 1-5pm - Bihotzetik Basque Choir will be caroling throughout the Boise area.
80 Egunean - For 80 Days
December 2 6-8pm - Boise State Basque Studies is screening '80 Days' at Boise State BoDo. English subtitles, free admission! (the film may contain adult themes)
Lehen Osteguna - First Thursday
December 5 5:30-8:30pm enjoy food, drink, music and free admission to the Basque Museum & Cultural Center as well as HUGE store-side sales! After 8:30pm, join Amuma Says No, a Boise Basque band at Leku Ona for dancing and a drink or two.
Larunbataren Merkatua - Saturday Market
11am-1pm - Oinkari Basque Dancers will be giving free dance lessons at the Grove Plaza during the Capital City Public Market
Negu Emankizunak - Winter Show & Celebration
December 7 12:30pm at Borah High School - Boiseko Gazteak & Txantxangorriak will be performing followed by a kids' party at the Basque Center downtown.