December 3, 2010

International Day of the Basque Language

In the Basque Country... Basque language official!

Today is the International Day of the Basque Language, Euskararen Nazioarteko Eguna. It is not the first year it is celebrated, the journey is six years old at least, but admittedly I was unaware until this year.

At the Basque Schools site (Eusko Ikaskuntza) several famous Basque have chosen their favorite Basque words. Curiously there is one that is repeated: ur(-a): water.

For musician Mikel Urdangarin: Bere txikitasunean sekulako indarra gordetzen duelako (because it's smallness hides incredible strength), while for handball player Xala water is: Lurraren odola (Earth's blood). 

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