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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Guide to Romerías in Tenerife 2017

Guide to Romerías in Tenerife 2017

Romerías -- a kind of procession with folk dressed in traditional attire, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing - not to mention the free food and even freer flowing wine - in honour of a saint are one of the most colourful and fun ways to enjoy and immerse yourself in some Canarian culture. Many of these romerías have been celebrated for centuries, even if the "traditional" costumes are more recent inventions.

And every year there is an ample programme. Some of the below have, of course,  already passed this year (the list has only just become available), but I'm including them as it gives an indication for future years. This still doesn't include every single one in every town and village, many of which take place over the summer months, so watch out for them.

January

  • 14/01/2017 – Romería in honor of San Sebastián – San Sebastián de La Gomera
  • 15/01/2017 – Romería in honor of San Antonio Abad – Tigaiga – Los Realejos
  • 15/01/2017– Romería in honor of San Antonio Abad – Arona Casco
  • 15/01/2017 – Romería in honor of San Antonio Abad – Chío – Guía de Isora
  • 20/01/2017 – Eucaristía in honor of San Sebastián Mártir – Adeje
  • 28/01/2017 – Romería Chica in honor of San Antonio Abad y La Virgen de la Esperanza y Baile de Magos – La Florida – La Orotava
  • 29/01/2017 – 36th Romería de San Antonio Abad and Virgen de la Esperanza – La Florida – La Orotava 
  • 29/01/2017 – Romería in honor of San Antonio Abad – Buenavista del Norte

February

  • None.

March

  • 18/03/2017 - Romería de San José Barranco Hondo - CANDELARIA

April

  • 30/04/2017 – Romería de San Marcos – Tegueste

May

  • 01/05/2017 – Paseo Romero – TíncerSanta Cruz de Tenerife
  • 02/05/2017 –  Baile de Magos – Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • 14/05/2017 – Romería in honor of La Virgen de Fátima – Valle San Lorenzo – Arona
  • 15/05/2017 – Romería chica San Isidro Labrador – Los Realejos
  • 21/05/2017 – Romería el Chorrillo – El Rosario
  • 26/05/2017 – Romería La Corujera – Santa Úrsula
  • 28/05/2017 – Romería San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza – Los Realejos
  • 30/05/2017 – Romería in honor of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza – Las Mercedes – La Laguna

June

  • 11/06/2017 – Romería in honor of San Antonio Abad – Granadilla de Abona
  • 23/06/2017 – Baile de Magos – La Orotava
  • 24/06/2017 – Subida del Santo – San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza (Romería Chica) – La Orotava
  • 25/06/2017 – Romería San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza – La Orotava

July

  • 02/07/2017 – Romería in honor of Hermano Pedro – Llano del Moro – El Rosario
  • 09/07/2017 – Romería San Benito de Abad – La Laguna
  • 16/07/2017 – Embarcación de La Virgen del Carmen – Las Galletas – Arona

August

  • 06/08/2017 – Romería in honor of Virgen de La Esperanza – El Rosario
  • 15/08/2017 – Peregrinación to the Basílica de Ntra. Sra. De Candelaria
  • 16/08/2017 – Romería in honor of San Roque – Garachico
  • 20/08/2017 – Romería Barquera in honor of San Casiano – Las Galletas – Arona
  • 24/08/2017 – Corazones de Tejina – Tejina
  • 26/08/2017 – Romería in honor of San Agustín y posterior Baile de Magos – Arafo

September

  • 07/08/2017 - Romería de la Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro in Güímar
  • Romería Benijos – LA OROTAVA
  • Romeria de San José - SAN JUAN DE LA RAMBLA

October

  • 15/10/2017 Romería de Adeje

Facebook group, Ropa de Magos - Traje típico Canario have a comprehensive CALENDARIO de ROMERÍAS y BAILES de MAGOS 2017 en Tenerife, which also includes the various Bailes de Magos. These dances are often strictly typical costume only.

Guía de Romerías 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

Tenerife Fiestas in May 2017

Flag of the Canary Islands

The month of May in Tenerife, as in Britain, starts and ends with a pair of public holidays.

In Spain, including Tenerife and the Canary Islands, Monday, 1st May 2017, is Fiesta del Trabajo (Workers’ Day). At the end of the month, on Tuesday, 30th May 2017, the archipelago celebrates Día de Canarias (Canaries Day), which is the anniversary of the first session of the Canary Islands' Parliament after the return of democracy in Spain.

May 3rd, Día de la Cruz (Festival of the Crosses) is a municipal public holiday in Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife - in the case of the last for both the Exhaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Founding of the City. On May 3rd, 1494, there was a ceremony on the beach of the city, where Alonso Fernández de Lugo, the military governor, erected a wooden cross to officially found the city.



In the capital, as well as in Güímar and other towns, people decorate crosses with flowers and fruits, then place them on the ramblas of the city for everyone's enjoyment. In addition, each district of Santa Cruz (which also celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the city) makes or decorates its own crosses.

The municipality of Los Realejos celebrates the Day of the Cross with a spectacular display of fireworks, one of the most outstanding in Europe and declared of National Tourist Interest. The two main streets of the town, the streets of El Medio and Del Sol, rival for more than three hours to offer the best pyrotechnic show.

Los Realejos fireworks 2015 May

May 5th marks the anniversary, in Garachico, of the eruption which had destroyed the town's port in 1706.

In Spain, Día de la Madre (Mother's Day) has been celebrated on the first Sunday in May, since 1965 (previously, it had been celebrated on 8th December, the day of the Immaculate Conception). This year, Mother's Day in Spain falls on Sunday, 7th May 2017.

Photo: er Guiri Some rights reserved

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in La Orotava

Corpus Christi Sand Carpet in La Orotava

La Orotava stretches from the north coast to the mountainous interior, and includes the summit of the Teide volcano. Here are the biggest events in the district:

17th January - Fiestas and Romería de San Antonio Abad in La Florida
February/March - Carnival
March/April - Holy Week
June - Corpus Christi - Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets)
June - Romería de San Isidro
29th - 30th November - San Andrés

Procesión del Corpus Christi de La Orotava

Fiestas Orotava

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in La Matanza de Acentejo

San Salvador, La Matanza de Acentejo

The name La Matanza de Acentejo, near the north coast of Tenerife, means "the Slaughter of Acentejo" and refers to the First Battle of Acentejo, in 1494, lost by the Spanish.

Traditional fiestas celebrated in this district include: 

San Antonio Abad: 17th January
San Blas: 1st April in Chamaina
La Cruz: 3rd May
“Los Cuarteles”: the week after Corpus.
Nuestra Señora del Socorro: last Sunday of July in San Antonio
Fiestas Patronales en honor de El Salvador y Nuestra Señora del Rosario: 6th August
La Virgen del Carmen: last Sunday of August in El  Caletón
Nuestra Señora de Guía: 8th September

Image: By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Tenerife Fiestas in April 2017

Easter Week in Los Realejos - Franciscan Brotherhood of the Nazarene

The biggest events in April 2017 are those relating to Easter. 

Celebrations begin on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), 9th April 2017, when there will be processions in many towns and villages and you can often observe a little flurry of pruning of palm trees and Spring cleaning in the run up. These parades have been described as "happy and less crowded celebrations" than those later on in the week.

Thursday, 13th April 2017 (Jueves Santo/Maundy Thursday) and Friday, 14th April 2017 (Viernes Santo/Good Friday) are public holidays this month, while it must be remembered that Easter Monday is not a holiday in Spain and the Canary Islands.

The main events that may be of interest take place on Viernes Santo (Good Friday) with the various processions of Semana Santa de La Laguna and the Representación de la Pasión (Passion Play) or Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross) in Adeje.

Representación de la Pasión Adeje 2016

Also very much worth seeing are the floral displays of the Pascua Florida, the unique and increasingly famous Easter floral festival, in the oldest central part of Guía de Isora town between Maundy Thursday, 13th April, and Easter Sunday, 16th April.

There are more details on these events in the Tenerife’s Easter Programmes from last year and our feature that includes the Easter Week Dates until half way through the century!

On Monday, 24th April 2017, Vilaflor celebrates the Festivity of Hermano Pedro (Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur) who was born in the town in 1626, became a missionary in Guatemala and was canonised as the "first Canarian and Guatemalan saint" in 2002.

Tuesday, 25th April 2017 the towns of Icod de los Vinos and Tegueste celebrate the Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista (St. Mark the Evangelist). (These last two dates are Municipal Public Holidays in the the districts mentioned.)

On Sunday, 30th April 2017, Tegueste celebrates its Romería de San Marcos, part of the XLIX Fiestas y Romería de San Marcos 2017 in honour of town patron, San Marcos Evangelista. This traditional fiesta opens the romeria season that carries of through the spring and summer and draws one of the biggest crowds in the Canary Islands.  This year a total of 24 carts will accompany the four ships, drawn by oxen, that represent the streets of Pedro Alvarez, Tegueste, San Luis and El Socorro. Also taking place is the Floral Dance, the symbol of the traditions of the town. There will be herds of animals, folk groups, thousands of people in traditional dress, and lots of food and flowing wine.

Image: By Franciscana Cofradía del Nazareno [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in La Guancha

Charco de Viento on the coast of La Guancha, Tenerfe

The municipality of La Guancha extends from the slopes of Mount Teide to the sea. As in other localities in the north of Tenerife, the Fiesta de San Andrés, on 30th November, with the opening of the bodegas, is an important date in the festival calendar.

Fiestas celebrated in the district include:

18th January - Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza
23rd April - San Jorge in El Farrobo
Last week of May - Virgen del Coromoto in Guancha de Abajo
23rd June - Noche de San Juan in the Barranco de la Asomada
Third Sunday in June - Corpus Christi
Last Sunday in June - San Antonio de Padua in El Pinalete
Second - third week of July - Virgen del Carmen in Santo Domingo
Second Saturday in August - Bajada de Las Hayas
17th August - Fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza
Forth Sunday in August - Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Second half of August - Fiestas Patronales
Second half of October - San Lucas in Las Cucharas
22th - 24th of October - Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza
Third week of October - Nuestra Señora del Rosario in the centre of the municipality
Third Sunday in November - Santa Catalina
29th - 30th November - Fiestas de San Andrés

Photo: By Al3x dybala21 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tenerife Carnival 2017 Reaches Its Climax In Los Cristianos



This weekend sees the climax of Los Cristianos' Carnival with the Drag Queen Gala this evening, Friday, 24th March 2017; the Daytime Carnival events tomorrow, Saturday, 25th March 2017 and the Carnaval Main Parade, starting from the Arona Gran Hotel in Los Cristianos, from around 4pm on Sunday, 26th March 2017.

On Monday, 27th March 2017, carnival for this year, in Los Cristianos and on the island as a whole, comes to an end with the Burial of the Sardine from 9pm.

Los Cristianos Carnival Program 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Carnival Grand Opening Parade in Los Cristianos



Los Gigantes Carnival 2017 bids farewell to their sardine tonight, Friday, 17th March, while the Los Cristianos Carnival Program 2017 kicks off with the presentation of the candidates for the carnival queens this evening. The Grand Opening Parade in Los Cristianos - here's a video from last year's event - takes place from 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, 18th March.

Carnaval 2016 Cabalgata Arona Las Americas Los Cristianos

Friday, March 10, 2017

Los Gigantes Carnival 2017



Los Gigantes Carnival 2017 begins this evening, Friday, 10th March, with the Election of the Carnival Queen from 9pm in the Plaza Buganvilla. Kid's activities follow on Saturday, 11th March - with dancing to various bands in the evening, starting at 11:30pm - and the Carnival Main Parade takes place in the afternoon of Sunday, 12th March at 5pm. The end of carnival Burial of the Sardine Parade has been moved to the following week, on Friday, 17th March, from 9pm, followed by fireworks and the customary knees up.

Here's some coverage of last year's carnival events in Los Gigantes.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Pagan, bestial, and mystical Witches’ Sabbath in Güímar



This Friday, 10th March, Las Burras de Güímar – a Witches’ Sabbath in Güímar takes place. "Las Burras de Güímar are the witches who disguised themselves as donkey mares (burras) to carry out acts of black magic in honour of their Lord, the Devil himself." This video, Las Burras 2015 Carnaval de Güímar, from a couple of years ago, has coverage of the event.  
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