The immediate preceding of Carnival is on Thursday of Comadres. This festivity seems to have originated in Roman times (“Compitales” or “cómpitas” parties, where the “world upside down” was allowed, changing briefly the order of things), and is also celebrated in other parts of Northern Spain like the Basque Country and Galicia.
Then, the celebration became related to Christian baptism – mothers, godmothers, daughters, godchildren – and, around them, just and only women.
On Thursday of Comadres in Gijón, the main attraction was the snack, around a juicy tortilla, in the outskirts, where women were looking for open and comfortable places to organize their “honest fun”. Later, musical instruments, dances and chants were incorporated. This celebration brought together groups of women from different backgrounds and relationships: mothers and godmothers, pupils and teachers, cigar makers, fishmongers, dressmakers…
Since then, mainly women go out and share a good laugh and an Antroxu meal with their “Comadres” (female friends, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, godmothers, sisters, colleagues…).
The dishes served up during this time include: fried corn pancakes with spicy mincemeat, chorizo cooked in cider and crêpes, as well as other typical goodies from the Asturian cookbook.