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|Date(s)||Second Sunday of May|
|Location(s)||Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, Northern Basque Country, France|
Herri Urrats (Basque: Herri Urrats, "step of the village") is an annual festival held the second Sunday of May to help the ikastolak ("schools") in Iparralde, the Northern Basque Country in France. In the Basque country in Spain, Basque is taught in all public schools, but in the French Basque country, students wishing to be taught Basque must attend an ikastola school.
The first festival was held in 1984 in the French town of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle (Senpere in Basque); it is well known for its Herri Urrats celebration, which remains one of the largest. There, Herri Urrats is essentially a volunteer walk around the Saint-Pée lake. The lake is surrounded by food stands and entertainment, and walkers sometimes make the walk in support of an organization.
The first year had five thousand attendees, but in later years the attendance has reached as high as seventy thousand people. In 2011, the money collected was used to help Konbo Xalbador Ikastola. The money they collect is used to help the Basque schools in the three provinces of Iparralde: Lapurdi, Nafarroa Behera and Zuberoa. Visitor contributions have helped build twenty-five ikastola, three primary schools, and one secondary school. The festival is also a celebration of the Basque culture and language.
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