Masquerade of kilikis

The origins of the tradition of kilikis are lost in the medieval night of time. These figures are carried by bearers who always show their patience, merit and ability.

The Kilikis march dancing around the municipality with the other members of the Masquerade of Gigantes (Giants) and Cabezudos (Big-heads) on some specific dates (Saint Isidro’s day, Saint Michael’s day and especially during the Festival). Representing the local councillors, their purpose is to frighten and to amuse, running after the children and gently hitting them with foam-rubber rods. The Masquerade of figures is majestically led by the Giants, who walk the streets to the sound of traditional flutes (gaita and txistu).

Bilaketa purchased its five Kilikis in 1986 to celebrate its tenth anniversary.