It is a celebration of Celtic origin, celebrated in some parts of northern Spain, such as Galicia, Catalonia, Cantabria, Aragon, Asturias and León province. It is also a very popular holiday in Portugal. Internationally known as "chestnut Party."
The common elements in this party are: the celebration of the Night of Souls, chestnut and fire.
On the night of October 31 is usually held this party, which includes many fire roasted chestnuts, new wine and sausages.
The party is to make a fire and, once there embers, placed on it a large metal pan with holes in its base, called drum. About this pan, chestnuts, which have been subjected to a cut on one end to extend not explode. Once roasted, chestnuts are peeled and eaten.
It is common, Smudging face with the remains of the fire, jump over the fire, telling stories and singing folk songs.
The chestnut Party in Catalonia.
It is the Catalan and Aragonese variant of this traditional festival. Roasted chestnuts, panellet, sweet potatoes and candied fruit are tasted. The typical drink of this celebration is the muscatel wine.
The custom of eating these foods (high energy) is because during the Night of Souls, vigil of the Day of the Dead, the bells rang incessantly until dawn. Friends and relatives helped the ringer in this difficult task, and all this food consumed not falter.
It usually represents the figure of the woman steamy chestnut: an older woman dressed in poor clothes and a headscarf, with a street vendor roasting chestnuts.