Declared of Regional Tourist Interest, The Bollu Festival is an essential event to discover folklore and Asturian folklore. With more than 50 years of tradition is celebrated in Arriondas always the last weekend of the month of July, as a traditional anteroom to the populated large week of Les Piragües.
After the proclamation on Friday night and Saturday's kermesse, on Sunday as the most marked day, with mass in honor of the patron saint (San Bernardo), international folkloric festival, a memorable float parade chaired by the queen of the holidays and a crowded party weekend «el prau» (the Parque de la Concordia), where thousands of people celebrate together with the parragueses an Asturian pilgrimage in its purest state; an espicha in a big way that has «bollu preñau», cider and good humor as main protagonists.
The calendar of this party is simple at the same time unforgettable. It's about having fun in a hundred percent Asturian climate. The celebration reflects like no other the typical pilgrimage of the Principality: the behavior patterns of the Asturians and their hospitality, the traditional ways of life, including crafts, dance, music, regional sociability seasoned with cider and good food. All this gives the Bollu Festival a great ethnographic and cultural value as well as the purely playful.
El propio «Bollu preñau», que da nombre a la fiesta, es el alimento festivo por antonomasia en Asturias. No hay fiesta de “prau” que se precie que no cuente con él. El bollu o bollo, es una pieza de pan chorizo stuffing or bacon. The chorizo must be Asturian, with a strong paprika flavor, which gives the true gastronomic character to this unparalleled sandwich. The "culín" of cider to accompany him, of course pouring with an expert arm and just temperance.
The parragueses, of strong cider tradition, pour nonstop and expertly. We can observe it in the parade of floats with which it starts from folixa. There is no gang or rock in which the glass does not stop circulating from hand to hand. Children, youth and adults are dressed in regional costumes to make the parade through the streets of Arriondas more substantial. The culetes and the chants accompany the retinue to the prau where the bollu awaits them, in addition to other delicacies and family and friends ... after the verbena stretches until dawn.
The next day, Monday, is celebrated The Bollín, estupendo cierre de fiesta con juegos y una gran tarta para los más pequeños y reparto del «Bollín Preñau» para todos los socios.
The epicenter of this this party is the Barrio The Peruyal, lugar recogido dentro del casco urbano de Arriondas, donde en el año 1949 un puñado de fundadores pusieron en marcha la idea de esta celebración. Pocos podían imaginar que con el paso de los años la sociedad de festejos «La Peruyal» llegase a ser one of the most important cultural groups and with the largest number of partners in Asturias, since it is integrated by practically all of the parragueses and also by those who being away from their council continue to miss it day after day. On the occasion of the Fiesta del Bollu, this society publishes annually a highly anticipated magazine, which includes local information, history, events, news, anecdotes, as well as contributing to the knowledge and dissemination of topics related to science and culture and collect an important "graphic history" of Arriondas and Parres throughout the past century.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com