a traditional galician celebration

While working in Galicia we stumbled upon the celebrations of one man Julio’s 60th birthday celebrations. There was an open fire inside which was the center of attention and the basis where the traditional foods were prepared. Everyone was bawling due to the heavy smoke indoors, which made for some hilarious moments.

Raw cheese resembling a mix of yoghurt and cream cheese, delicious beef patties in a thin, crisp bread resembling Indian Chapati, roasted chestnuts, grilled ham on Spanish bread, as well as a birthday loaf with surprisingly little flavor but good looks nonetheless.

The wine was flowing richly, as was the Galician cider and gin. The Galicians definitely live life in the best of ways. And how proud they are of Galicia! And in my opinion, within good reason.

Music was being played by many; traditional Galician songs and instruments, the bag-pipe, flute, accordion, tambourine, and eventually even a wooden cutting board with rolling pin – for the instrument-less such as yours truly. And every song was played with the utmost passion, and I mean: passion.

There was also dancing, in my case trying to dance, in the traditional Galician style.

All of this in a kitchen that is over 200 years.

It was quite dark inside, and I had consumed a bit of wine and cider, so apologies for less quality photos.

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The man in the center celebrated his 90th year last month.
This man in the middle celebrated his 90th last month.

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