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“Amagüestu” inthe Principality  of Asturias                   fl o d A"                     y or P
What is Amagüestu?                     From ancient times, after                     harvesting the chestnuts,            ...
The Maguëstu is the essential Asturian                          autumn pagan origin festival.                      In Astu...
When do we celebrate it?                                 Always in Autumn                               (November is the b...
Where do we celebrate it?                      Now, we celebrate it in                     our schools and festivals      ...
How do we prepare it?                          In our classes: English                        language, Arts and crafts,  ...
Our cultural week                       Every year in our school we                        choose an aspect of our        ...
Our cultural week II                        This Autumn Mr Valentín                     Monte collaborated again with     ...
Apples and sweet cider                               Every odd year one of the                              aspects we wor...
Time for the chestnut                               And every even year one of                               the aspects w...
Our traditional clothes                       It is very usual that these                       days, when we celebrate   ...
It’s time for the bagpipe                       And it’s time for the party. Usually we choose a Friday to                ...
It’s time for the bagpipe II         fl o d A"y or P
Let’s start the festival.                                      It’s time for dancing                      After the “pregó...
Let’s dance: Danza prima                              A traditional dance.                              Watch it in youtub...
LYRICS:                Danza prima II                     ¡AY!, UN GALÁN DE ESTA VILLA.                                   ...
At the end of October and beginning of November,                        we start feeling the chestnuts’ air, a strong and ...
Let’s start the games         fl o d A"y or P
Traditional games         fl o d A"y or P
Next November…                     more “Magüestu”         fl o d A"y or P
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  1. 1. “Amagüestu” inthe Principality of Asturias fl o d A" y or P
  2. 2. What is Amagüestu? From ancient times, after harvesting the chestnuts, apples and corncob, people all over Asturias celebrate an autumn party, called Amagüestu o “Magüestu”. Asturias produces a lot of this healthy food. In Spanish, Autumn is Otoño. In Asturian language, Seronda. fl o d A"y or P
  3. 3. The Maguëstu is the essential Asturian autumn pagan origin festival. In Asturias, the time to collect chestnuts match with the apple mash to make the cider. This is why the cider cannot fail in the amagüestos. This cider is the first juice from the mash apple, without fermentation and it has no alcohol. The amagüestos are fests where the chestnuts are roasted. We put the chestnut in the drum on the fire and stir it. With this fest, we remind earlier times when the chestnuts were one of the most important food in our kitchens, before the corn and potato arrival. fl o d A"y or P
  4. 4. When do we celebrate it? Always in Autumn (November is the best month for it) Usually when its time to remove the leaves in the corncobs Frequently when the chestnut sellers are ready to bake the chestnuts and appear in our streets fl o d A"y or P
  5. 5. Where do we celebrate it? Now, we celebrate it in our schools and festivals in different villages all over Asturias. But, in ancient times, it was celebrated in all the small villages when summer was over and the harvest was on. Its origin could be Celtic. fl o d A"y or P
  6. 6. How do we prepare it? In our classes: English language, Arts and crafts, Asturian language… we prepare la montera picona, (a tradicional hat from ancient times) and a pin with some typical object of our culture. We prepared several displays, as well: about apples, jet (a lignite), pottery… And a party with dances, games, workshops, baked chestnuts and sweet cider. fl o d A"y or P
  7. 7. Our cultural week Every year in our school we choose an aspect of our traditions and develop it with pupils. Last year Mr. Valentín Monte, a teacher (he is retired now) collaborated with us and we have an exhibition and speeches about jet. Jet is a product of high pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees of the family Araucariaceae. Jet is easily polished and is used in manufacturing jewellery fl o d A"y or P
  8. 8. Our cultural week II This Autumn Mr Valentín Monte collaborated again with C.P. Río Piles (his school) and we worked about the pottery in Somió (our neighbourhood). It has a very important relationship with “Amagüestu”, because of most of the pottery was made in order to use in “espichas”, the festivals people did in Autumn, after harvesting the chestnuts, apples and corncob, when the cider could be drunk fl o d A"y or P
  9. 9. Apples and sweet cider Every odd year one of the aspects we work at school is the apple, one of the symbols of our region. We make apple juice (sweet cider) and we study all about the process. fl o d A"y or P
  10. 10. Time for the chestnut And every even year one of the aspects we work in our classes is the chestnut, that we bake and eat at school. It is a very good season to visit the forest and study our trees. Most of them are our classmates in the schoolyard fl o d A"y or P
  11. 11. Our traditional clothes It is very usual that these days, when we celebrate Amagüestu, some children come to school with the traditional costumes of our land. This year 2012 we have an activity about this item. Iñaki, our teacher of music, showed all the pupils how to dress up with these clothes. fl o d A"y or P
  12. 12. It’s time for the bagpipe And it’s time for the party. Usually we choose a Friday to finish our Amagüestu: We dance with the music of our well known bagpipe. fl o d A"y or P
  13. 13. It’s time for the bagpipe II fl o d A"y or P
  14. 14. Let’s start the festival. It’s time for dancing After the “pregón” or opening speech (some pupils read a proclamation using the Asturian language) we dance and sing traditional music, we play ancient games and … finally it’s time to eat the baked chestnuts and drink the sweet cider with friends. Let’s watch the pictures fl o d A"y or P
  15. 15. Let’s dance: Danza prima A traditional dance. Watch it in youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=ES&hl=es&v=fRnNhY1qGFg The Danza Prima is performed throughout the length and breadth of Asturias. In terms of the melody accompanying the dance there are numerous versions to be heard. It is a collective, circular and choral dance. fl o d A"y or P
  16. 16. LYRICS: Danza prima II ¡AY!, UN GALÁN DE ESTA VILLA. ¡Ay!, diga a la blanca niña, ¡Ay! un galán de esta villa, ¡ay!, diga a la niña blanca, ¡ay!, un galán de esta casa, ¡ay!, que su amigo la espera, ¡ay!, de lejos que venía, ¡ay!, que su amigo la aguarda ¡ay!, de lejos que llegaba. al pie de una fuente fría, ¡Ay!, diga lo que él quería. al pie de una fuente clara, ¡Ay!, diga lo que él buscaba. que por el oro corría, ¡Ay!, busco a la blanca niña, que por el oro manaba, ¡ay!, busco a la niña blanca, a orillas del mar que suena, que tiene voz delgadina, a orillas del mar que brama. que tiene la voz de plata; Ya viene la blanca niña, cabello de oro tejía, ya viene la niña blanca, cabello de oro trenzaba. al pie de la fuente fría Otra no hay en esta villa, que por el oro manaba; otra no hay en esta casa, la tan fresca mañanica, si no era una mi prima, mañanica la tan clara; si no una prima hermana; ¡ay! venga la luz del día, ¡ay!, de marido pedida, ¡ay!, de marido velada. ¡ay! venga la luz del alba. fl o d A"y or P
  17. 17. At the end of October and beginning of November, we start feeling the chestnuts’ air, a strong and warm wind that pull the chestnut hedgehog down. It is time to go to the gueta to make amagüestos. fl o d A"y or P
  18. 18. Let’s start the games fl o d A"y or P
  19. 19. Traditional games fl o d A"y or P
  20. 20. Next November… more “Magüestu” fl o d A"y or P

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