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SAINT JOHN’S FESTIVAL AT ACEUCHAL – BADAJOZ – (SPAIN) by Daniel García de la Cuesta

SAINT JOHN’S FESTIVAL AT ACEUCHAL – BADAJOZ – (SPAIN) by Daniel García de la Cuesta
It’s a Christian and a pagan festival at the same time, the night was devoted to Saint John and people sang and danced around the fire. The common songs were of "St John and St Peter" and the "songs for the square drum".
As the elders recount, at this event in which all the people was involved, they walked by the streets at night time and were heading
towards the pillar, a square where there was an arabian fountain. Wearing the traditional costume, sang and played many square drums , which was the main instrument of this event, entirely handmaded by the peasants.

Thanks to the site of Juanjo Fernández, we can find great pictures of the musical tradition of this performances: www.agaitadofol.com / Apercusion / Opandeiro.php



According to the site http://veronicahurtado.blogspot.com/, in the traditional folklore of LLaciana, Asturias, Spain, one of the percussions most employed for dancing performances is the square tambourine, about 40cm aside roughly lined sheepskin tanned and decorated with many ribbons and large laces.

In western Asturies the square drum is retained with the same characteristics.
As we saw, inside the gut and lead ropes are also introduced legumes, or stones from the river to give you brighter, and is decked out, especially for holidays.
The m
embers of the Association of Quintana interviewed one of the women who still builds square drums or pandeiros, Benita Martinez Fernandez, at the place of Vidal, Xillón in Cangas del Narcea.
You may visit the Asturian Museum in Xixón, which retains a tambourine built by Benita.



If anyone wants to contact me for further info, please do so via mail at dagarcues@yahoo.es

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