Magosto, the chestnut festival
The fire is lighted and the chestnuts are perforated to prevent their crash. Gradually, the fire leaves its place to the embers and the chestnut are spread . While cooking, you can feel the heat of the fire before the winter arrives and the smell of roasting chestnuts is in the air. The chestnut festival is enjoyed among friends and neighbors which give thanks for the fruits harvested during the harvest.
The magosto was a pagan festival and it is related with fertility, where the fire represents the sun which it the god of the fertility in the earth. Later, it was christianized and it was related with the dead people.
In Galicia is held between November 1st , All Saints’ Day, and November 11th, San Martin’s Day. However, it can be done in close dates too.
You can celebrate it in your house, near to the heat of the home, somewhere in the village; but its native place was the mountain. The Celts had no temples but they celebrated their festivals and ritual ceremonies in a clear of the forest, and their Galician descendants received this heritage.
Since immemorial time, men fed on chestnuts and later, with the Romans, the expansion of the chestnut was achieved. Nowadays, we enjoy this party filling our bellies with chestnuts and spicy sausages cooked on the fire and tasting the new wine of the harvest.
The autumn arrives here in Galicia suggesting a gastronomic route where there are mushrooms, wine and the star of the magosto, the chestnut. It is fabulous time to enjoy the traditions and the products offered by Galicia; a land of flavors.