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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Santa Cruz Carnival 2022 to be held in June

With the original date of the carnival inauguration now less than 10 days away, it was inevitable that Santa Cruz Carnival 2022 would be postponed. At last night's Zoom meeting, attended by 103 people: organisers, representatives of the carnival groups, etc., it was decided that it will be June or nothing. The intended dates are from Saturday, 4 June to Sunday, 26 June, with no details yet of which events will take place on which days. 

Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, says the change in the dates is due to the rise in infections caused by the sixth wave of COVID and, is a way to “save” the celebration. Other cities have already set the precedent, such as Valencia with its Fallas or Cádiz with its Carnival. Now it is the turn of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which has decided to move the Carnival to June. 

With the arrival of the sixth wave of COVID, as explained by the mayor, they have had to make decisions, always to guarantee the safety of people, while also being able to celebrate a party in which more than 9,000 people are involved. “At the moment, the data has taken us to level 4, and the forecast of the Government of the Canary Islands is that Tenerife will continue at that level until the end of the month. That makes going back to rehearsals in the short term practically impossible, and, even if the alert were lowered to level 3, it would still be very difficult to maintain the group meetings,” said the mayor.


Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, admitted that the "window of opportunity" to celebrate the Carnival is the month of June, but if the circumstances continue as currently, there would be no more possible dates, which would force its suspension.

The dates that Fiestas are considering are between June 4 and 26, but with nothing assigned to the different events, which is something that, he says, will be settled with the groups in face-to-face meetings that will take place Thursday and Friday of this week.

Likewise, he made special reference to the children: "We have to see when their contests are better for children's groups, because we understand that it is a month with exams." Designers are also the other group that can be most affected by the transfer of dates.

According to the mayor, it will be in the month of April, “after Easter”, when it will be possible to really know if the new dates are feasible. "For everything to fit together, the groups need to be rehearsing by April 18. If on that date we have another variant of COVID or there is a new wave, that will be when we will really know what is going to happen with Carnival," he said.


One of the things that the new dates will allow, with potentially better weather, is for the galas and contests to be held outside. This was pointed out by Bermúdez, who explained that "our intention is to create a carnival venue outside, as we did with the May Festivities."

The possible locations are the car park of the Parque Marítimo or the esplanade of the dock, where the Christmas Concert is held, both on the land of the Port Authority, with which the necessary permits would also have to be negotiated. In addition, in the month of June, the Fairground (The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses) already has its own programming, such as the celebration of two concerts, which would make the assembly of the stage and the events of the 2022 Carnival unfeasible.

In June, in principle, there will be no Carnival in the street. The mayor concluded his speech by pointing out that the idea, therefore, is to ensure at least the celebration of galas and contests. "If the evolution of the pandemic allowed us to go to a celebration in the street, which I doubt, believe me that nothing would make me more excited," he added. 

Almond Blossom Campaign 2022

Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro presented this morning, January 17, a new edition of the Campaña del Almendro en Flor 2022 (Almond Blossom Campaign 2022), with a program that will integrate a large number of routes, events, contests, gastronomic route, agro-artisan market (as long as the health situation allows it), taking place from January 22 to February 20.

On 22 January there are short and long general routes and a route with pets. On 29 January there is a family route; on 5 February, a route with disabled assistance and on 12 February, a route for Lovers. 

There are also photography and story contests, plus a new edition of the gastronomic exhibition around the almond in which 22 establishments and businesses will participate and various gastronomic workshops.

Mayor, Emilio Navarro, pointed out that the flowering of the almond tree is one of the most important events in the municipality with great repercussions at island level. It is also a tourist product within their commitment to ecotourism. The various council departments have designed a very complete program of events so that visitors will enjoy the spectacle of the white and pink of the almond tree blossom that, together with the lava flows through which it passes, will leave a postcard recorded in the memory of those who can make it.

This year the routes are offered in Spanish only, which is a shame, but this hardly calls for complicated comprehension. There's a nominal charge of 5 Euros per person.

Registration for the routes is essential and must be done through this link.

Monday, January 17, 2022

History of a tradition: San Antonio Abad

The couple who bring out La Pionera every year are interviewed in the film

San Antonio Abad (Anthony the Great) is the patron saint of animals and farmers, amongst other things, and his feast day is held on the anniversary of his death, 17 January

The origin of the livestock tradition - in recent years the fair has gathered some 600 head - in Buenavista del Norte goes back to the year 1528, the date on which the beginning of religious acts around the image of the saint is marked, according to studies collected in the publication 'San Antonio Abad and his festivity', by the historian Álvaro Hernández Yanes, who in turn dates the beginning of the modern romería (pilgrimage) to 1979. 

In the absence of the celebrations of San Antonio Abad, due to the pandemic last year, the town hall of Buenavista del Norte made this delightful film (full 25 minute version), detailing the history of this tradition in the district, in an effort to keep the memory alive. 

In it, many of the regular characters of this fiesta are interviewed, in Spanish obviously, all familiar faces to me having spent almost a decade in the area and going to this fiesta regularly, talking about the importance of the fiesta and what it means to them. 

The films also include lovely footage of the views of the town itself and its surroundings, particularly Teno Alto and the El Palmar Valley and the infamous goats.

They've also posted videos of the previous fiestas and romerias in 2004 and 2005.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Carnival 2022 fate to be decided on Monday

Comparsa group Los Rumberos from 2020

The announcement of the suspension of the Carnival in the street and the new dates of the contests and galas, from February 23 to the beginning of April, is expected

On January 28 the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife should begin with the presentation of candidates and the start of the first contests. However, the current health situation, which has led to the paralysis of the rehearsals, which prevents the groups from being ready for the scheduled dates, as well as the increasing number of COVID infections, which puts a stop to any type of show that is accompanied by thousands of attendees in closed venues, has put the capital city council in the position of having to "reorganize" the carnival calendar. 

Mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez, will address the Carnival 2022 schedule, and its alternatives, with the groups in a zoom meeting on Monday, 17 January. Under discussion will be how to formalize the suspension of the carnival on the street, given the the number of infections of COVID that have led Tenerife to level 4 of the restrictions.

During the meeting, both the mayor and councillor for fiestas will report on the new carnival calendar, which largely depends on a return to rehearsals. Since December 15, when Tenerife rose to level 3, the groups have been unable to rehearse, which means that most of the formations have only been able to prepare half of their repertoires for the carnival.

Among the plans that Fiestas will propose, is to delay the contests for more than a month and hold them on the dates when the street party would have been held.

Subject to agreement on the new schedule, Fiestas are working on the idea for the gala for the election of the queen to be the first event, possibly on February 23 - which means it would not suffer any variation from the initial forecast - and the rest of the contests would take place after that to give the groups more time. The delay of more than a month, if it is confirmed that in the first week of February the groups can return to the rehearsals, would make it easier for the murgas to continue with the format of a two-song contest.

Among other ideas is the possibility of postponing the carnival to April or even June, the latter following the precedent set by Cádiz, who have already moved their carnival to the 2nd-12th of that month. That there will be a delay in the dates of the chicharrera-party-par-excellence is a reality, so what remains to be decided is how much that delay will be.

In Santa Cruz, what seems clear is that there will be no carnival in the street. 

Talks have been continuing this week, when the meeting was announced for Monday 17, after which the new schedule of the Science Fiction Carnival will be made official.

Bermúdez abordará el lunes 17 y por 'zoom' el cronograma del Carnaval con los grupos | Santa Cruz anuncia el lunes la “reordenación” de fechas de un Carnaval

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hurricane-force winds in Tenerife caused several deaths and heavy losses in 1953

Aerial view of the Parish of Our Lady of the Conception of La Orotava
Museo de Arte Sacro El Tesoro de la Concepción, CC BY-SA 4.0

On 15 January 1953 there was a storm with heavy rain and high winds in Tenerife. Hurricane-force winds hit the island and caused considerable damage in the east of the island, specifically in Guimar where the gale attacked with the greatest force. Entire farms were razed by the storm in La Orotava, causing losses of one billion pesetas. In Perdoma (La Orotava) an old woman lost her life and also her little granddaughter. In the parish church there were damages, in the Concepción and in other temples and buildings, and in many houses their windows and doors were damaged. Entire trees were uprooted falling on the roads, especially in the north of the island. In the south of Tenerife, the motorised sailing boat “Breñusca” sank near Las Galletas beach with a loss of six lives

Efemérides meteorológicas en Canarias del siglo XX y XXI

Friday, January 14, 2022

Weekend night service of the trams in Tenerife suspended during level 4 COVID measures

Tenerife trams

The vehicles will not be operational in the early hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, between 00:00 and 6:00 a.m., unless otherwise communicated by the relevant authorities

Metrotenerife, the Tenerife tram operator, will suspend the uninterrupted weekend night service that Line 1 offered from 00:00 to 06:00 am. This variation of the service will be maintained as long as these latest control measures established by the Government of the Canary Islands against COVID-19 corresponding to level 4 are in force. The daytime weekend service will continue with its usual frequencies on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. That is, both Line 1 and Line 2, service begins at 6:00 am and ends at midnight.

The maximum occupancy per tram is currently at 75%, with 150 people (all seats occupied and 90 standing passengers). The tranviaonline app has already been updated to the new threshold, so it will notify the user of the degree of occupancy of the next trams to arrive at their stops, where audible warnings have also been activated.

Likewise, Metrotenerife continues to apply hygiene and disinfection measures so that the light rail operates with the highest possible health safety, along with promoting compliance with other important regulations such as the mandatory use of a mask.

Fiestas of San Antonio Abad 2022 in Arona

With Tenerife currently at level 4 of the COVID restrictions, the program for the Fiestas of San Antonio Abad 2022 in Arona are cut down to suit the circumstances. From usually having the first on the calendar of romerías in Tenerife, celebrations are restricted to the following:


12:00 to 13:30 hours: Raising the flag of the municipality of Arona announcing the beginning of the festivities. Cruz de San Antonio.

7:00 pm: Confessions. San Antonio Abad Parish.


6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Holy Mass. San Antonio Abad Parish.


10:30 to 11:00 hours: Prayer of the Holy Rosary.
11:00 to 12:00 hours: Holy Mass in Honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, enlivened by the singing of the parish choir. During the mass, offerings of non-perishable food may be made. San Antonio Abad Parish.


6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Prayer of the Holy Rosary.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Mass in honor of San Antonio Abad. San Antonio Abad Parish.
At the end: Fireworks display in the Plaza del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud

The capacity of the parish church of San Antonio Abad is 70 people (LEVEL 4)

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Vote for the Carnival 2022 poster design

One of the finalists for the Carnival 2022 poster

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, through the Autonomous Organization of Festivities and Recreational Activities (OAFAR), opens from 00:00 on Thursday the 13th January, the online voting period to choose the Carnival 2022 poster from among the ten works selected by a jury appointed for this purpose. Now it's the public who will make the final selection.

Voting is open from today until January 23 at 11:59 p.m., and can be done through the Carnaval de Tenerife website at this page.

Only one vote per IP address will be allowed and voting will be blind, so there will be no references to the support that each of the posters collects during the process.

The titles of the 10 works preselected by the jury for this final phase, translate to: "A near future", "Love", "Let yourself be carried away by the dimension of Carnival", " C-Arte-L del C-arnava-l: Carnival art is in the street", "Andromeda Carnival", "Hello, Chicharrícolas", "Carnival Invasion", "Casquimia", "Carnival 2222?" and "Abducted 22".

Councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, encourages “all citizens to participate, whether they are carnival lovers or not”; since "it is about something more than a simple poster". 

From the first advertising poster designed by Juan Galarza in 1962 for the so-called Winter Festivities, this artistic element has become a business card for the city and an exhibition of its main cultural, heritage and tourist values. 

Los 10 carteles finalistas del Carnaval 2022 de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a votación

Carnival 2022 almost thirty candidates aspire to become Queens in the three categories

Antonia Garrido Francés, Ylenia Rodríguez Domínguez and Naomi María Cabrera Pulido,
who became the Guardians of the Sceptre in 2021

Although uncertainty still prevails over the dates of Carnival 2022, the desire to return to normality is clearly pushing hard, so much so that the total number of aspiring Queens almost returns to figures of prior to the pandemic. Thus, there were 29 candidates who aspire to the sceptre of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in its different categories: senior, junior and adult, when the registration period closed.

Councillor, Alfonso Cabello, stated that “the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is in very good health; we are very proud of the 29 aspiring Queens, their designers and their sponsors”.

The Science Fiction Carnival contests will present 11 candidates for adult queen, 10 for junior queen and eight for senior queen.

The Queen contests that will be held at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses will include Naomi María Cabrera Pulido, Antonia Garrido Francés and Ylenia Rodríguez Domínguez, the court of Guardians of the Sceptre who guard the royal staff from the show Santa Cruz Corazón del Carnaval, the program that closed the 2021 edition.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Government of the Canary Islands is to carry out the first archaeological study of the watchtowers of Tenerife

View of Igueste de San Andrés from the path to the Semáforo de Anaga
Robert Wirrmann, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The project begins a new line of research within Historical Archeology in the Canary Islands

Since the sixteenth century, there are multiple historical references to the watchtowers or lookout posts installed at strategic points of Tenerife to notify the population of the arrival of enemy ships and thus anticipate possible naval attacks. According to the documentary sources, this defensive strategy was carried out by means of an interconnected network of watchtowers that sent and repeated signals of fire and smoke. However, there are practically no archaeological studies on its location and its material characterization.

Against this background, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage is promoting the first study and inventory of watchtowers and surveillance spaces from an archaeological and historical perspective. This is the first phase of the 'VIGILANT' project, focused on the northeast of Tenerife and directed by a multidisciplinary team from the University of La Laguna and the Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology, in collaboration with research staff from the University of Seville and the University of Barcelona.

The work on the ‘Archeology of the Surveillance Spaces and Watchtowers of the Northeast of Tenerife’, better known as ‘VIGILANT’, has a historical interest related to the visibility of what was the first line of defence in the capital area; and has an archaeological interest in applying new lines of study within Historical and Landscape Archeology. Similarly, it also has a scientific interest in shedding new data on the operation of this network and the creation of the first cultural landscapes after the conquest.

The watchtowers have very specific criteria, "they require visibility between enclaves and must be accessible, among other characteristics," explains Francesc C. Conesa, co-director of the ‘VIGILANT’. Regarding the documented network, the first watchtower started at the Montaña de Tafada and from there it went to the Montaña del Sabinal, the Atalaya de Igueste de San Andrés and the Atalaya de San Andrés. News reached the Castillo de San Cristóbal in Santa Cruz and travelled to the Montaña de Taco and the Montaña de Ofra, the latter now disappeared by urban development. Then they would arrive at the watchtower of San Roque, possibly located in Mesa La Gallardina, and that of San Lázaro, in the current Montaña del Púlpito. From there, the northern notices were received through the Caldera la Atalaya and La Atalaya at the top of the Mesa de Tejina.

The study of the documentary sources is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects to know the historical evolution of the watchtowers, since it allows a reconstruction of the surveillance points and their main uses. After the recovery of fifty historical documents, a geospatial analysis of the territory was carried out that included the recovery of toponymy and the reconstruction of the lines of visibility between watchtowers, at the same time that an archaeological survey program was developed.

The team has determined several types of watchtowers. Jared Carballo, co-director of the project, “there are natural watchtowers, without material evidence but located by toponymy or textual sources, and watchtowers with construction and material remains. In this case, the structures can be small “furnaces” or structures dug into the rock, and in some occasions the heat-altered soil is appreciated”. It should be noted that "the prospects have been superficial, but in a second phase we are going to prepare an excavation project with a view to its possible preservation and conservation and even, in the long term, its integration into new cultural routes", advances the archaeologist Conesa.

El Gobierno de Canarias desarrolla el primer estudio arqueológico de las atalayas de Tenerife