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Monday, February 20, 2017

Santa Cruz Senior Carnival Queen 2017



On Wednesday, Santa Cruz selects their adult Carnival Queen, but they already have a senior queen. Here's coverage of this years gala for the more mature end of the market.

Gala Reina de los mayores S/C Tenerife 2017

Santa Cruz Official Carnival Song 2017



Every year Santa Cruz has it's very own "Offical Carnival Song". This is this year's. It's hard to tell them apart from Eurovision entries to be honest, but with more mentions of carnival.

Canción oficial Carnaval | Televisión Canaria 2017

Final of the Murga Contests Santa Cruz 2017



By the end of this week the contests will be over and Santa Cruz carnival will take to the streets. Meanwhile there have been a huge number of contests to choose, basically, the running order of the various groups in the carnival processions. The murga groups are a bit of an acquired taste, I feel and one I never managed to acquire in 16 years on the island. However, I appreciate that they are probably more popular and venerated than religion. Maybe even as important as football. So, here for your veiwing pleasure is the recording of the final of the murga contest 2017. All five and three quarter hours of it. If you manage to watch it right through, you probably qualify as an honorary canarian!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Los Cristianos Carnival Program 2017



Probably THE most awaited information of the entire year, Arona town hall's Department of Fiestas and the Tourist Board have provided us with a program for Los Cristianos Carnival in advance. This doesn't always happen, so enjoy.

They do, however, add the note that this programming may be subject to change.

Los Cristianos Carnaval takes place from 17th to the 27th March 2017 and this year's theme is Las Vegas. The main events are as follows:

Friday, 17th March 2017 
9pm - Presentation of the candidates for infant and adult carnival queens in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Saturday, 18th March 2017
12 midday - Exhibition of photos of Arona Carnival in the Los Cristianos Cultural Center.
4pm - Wig Party, Fiesta del Pelucón 2017 at the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
7pm - Carnival Opening Parade in Los Cristianos

Sunday, 19th March 2017
12 midday - Carnival Concert by the Arona Town Band in the Plaza de la Pescadera, Los Cristianos.
5pm - Pasacalles de Carnaval 2017 - Street Parade in Los Cristianos.
6pm - Meeting of the Murga groups at the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Monday, 20th March 2017
7pm - Festival of the coreographed dance troups at the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017
6pm - Carnaval Dance for the senior citizens in the central patio of Los Cristianos Cultural Center.
8pm - Gala for the senior citizens in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
8pm - Gala Election of the Infant Carnaval Queen in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Thursday, 23rd March 2017
9pm - Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Friday, 24th March 2017
9pm - Drag Queen Gala in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.

Saturday, 25th March 2017
From 11am - Carnaval de Día 2017 - Daytime carnival musical events in the streets and plazas of Los Cristianos.
5pm - Costume contest in the Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos

Sunday, 26th March 2017
11am - Exhibition of Classic and Vintage Cars in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center and around Los Cristianos.
12 midday - Pets Costume Contest in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
4pm - Gran Coso Apoteósico - Carnaval Main Parade in Los Cristianos (if this follows the usual route, starts along by the Arona Gran Hotel.)

Monday, 27th March 2017
9pm - Burial of the Sardine. Just says in Los Cristianos. Follow the crowds.

Carnaval Internacional de Los Cristianos, Arona 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Puerto de la Cruz' Summer Carnival 2016

Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon)

With Carnaval 2017 now only around a week away, you may enjoy some images and video from the parades and the Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon) of the Summer Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife in September 2016.

The aim of the event was to provide a taster to tourists and other visitors of what they will see more of if they come to the carnival proper this February. In that, even the weather obliged as it was dull and cloudy throughout much of the three days!

One thing that was very un-typical of carnival in Tenerife was that none of the tourists and visitors seemed to have got the memo about dressing up. We did, because I'm used to Carnival proper, where you would definately feel really awkwardly out of place if you did NOT dress up ... only to be the only two spectators who were in costume!







Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Tenerife Fiestas in February 2017

Virgen de la Candelaria

February 2nd is an island-wide public holiday in honour of the spiritual patron of the Canary Islands: the Virgen de la Candelaria. The Fiesta de La Candelaria is held every February 2nd, coinciding with the celebration of Candlemass - the Presentation of the Lord and the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary. In the town of Candelaria, where the figure of the Virgin resides, there is a program of religious events lasting several days. 

Arafo, Arona, Arico, Candelaria, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Fasnia, Granadilla, Icod de los Vinos, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Laguna, San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Ursula and Tacoronte will all be taking Carnival Tuesday (February 28th this year) off as a municipal public holiday.

Which means, yes, the main parts of Carnival are starting this month.



Photo: By Wesisnay (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tenerife Rally Calendar 2017


Following the celebration of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Federación Interinsular de Automovilismo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (FIASCT) on Saturday, January 21st, the Motor Sports Calendar for the 2017 Season has been published. 

Rallys

 

- 8th April - Rally Sprint Atogo
- 22nd April - Rally Orvecame Norte
- 13th May - Rally Villa de Adeje
- 24th June - Granadilla Rally
- 29th July - City of La Laguna Rally
- 21st October - Rally Isla Tenerife

Hill Climbs

 

- 11th March - El Tanque
- 10th June - Guía de Isora
- 17th June - Tamaimo
- 1st July - Güímar
- 23rd September - La Guancha
- 7th October - Arona - La Escalona
- 11th November - Arico


Some new routes and timings from previous years. The federation issue the notice that all dates are subject to change. You can download the full calendar here (PDF)



Sunday, January 01, 2017

Tenerife Fiestas in January 2017


Managing the ox team at San Antonio Abad in Buenavista del Norte

The month begins with the much awaited annual visit of of Los Reyes (The Three Kings) on night of January 5th and January 6th is a public holiday everywhere in Spain and the Canary Islands as Epiphany is the biggest family day of the holiday season.

As well as national, regional and island-specific public holidays, each municipality in Tenerife also has its own local public holidays, when town halls and businesses will be closed. Those falling in January 2017 are as follows:




As for celebrations, the following fiestas will be taking place on the island this month:

  • 17th January - Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Arona, Buenavista del Norte, Güímar, La Florida (La Orotava) and Los Silos. [1]
  • 21st January - Fiestas of San Sebastián in Adeje
  • 22nd January - Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Icod de Los Vinos
  • 22nd January - Fiestas of San Sebastián in Los Realejos

[1] Although the saint's day is January 17th, the main events of the fiesta, the livestock fair and processions, are most likely to take place over the weekend of 14th / 15th January 2017. We'll add more specific dates if we hear of them.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Tenerife Municipal Public Holidays in 2017

Summer Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz 2016

As well as national, regional and island-specific public holidays, each municipality in Tenerife also has its own local public holidays, when town halls and businesses will be closed. Below is a list of those holidays throughout 2017 for each of the 31 municipalities. These dates will also give you a clue to the dates of fiestas held in each district:

ADEJE.
- 20 January. Festivity of San Sebastián.
- 9 October: Festivity of Santa Úrsula, Patrona de la Villa.
ARAFO.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 28 August: Festivity of San Bernardo.
ARONA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 2 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo de la Salud.
ARICO.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Abona.
BUENAVISTA DEL NORTE.
- 24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé.
- 25 October: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios.
CANDELARIA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 26 July: Festivity of Santa Ana.
EL ROSARIO.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 7 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza.
EL SAUZAL.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol.
EL TANQUE.
- 31 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje.
- 16 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo del Calvario.
FASNIA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 21 August: Fiesta Patronal de San Joaquín.
GARACHICO.
- 26 July: Festivity of Santa Ana.
- 16 August: Festivity of San Roque.
GRANADILLA DE ABONA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 13 June: Festivity of San Antonio de Padua, patron of the municipality.
GUÍA DE ISORA.
- 24 June: Celebration of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist).
- 18 September: Celebration of the Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte.
GÜÍMAR.
- 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol.
- 7 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Socorro.
ICOD DE LOS VINOS.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 25 April: Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista, patron of the city.
LA GUANCHA.
- 18 January: Día de Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza.
- 21 August: Monday of the Fiestas Patronales.
LA MATANZA DE ACENTEJO.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 7 August: Día de El Salvador.
LA OROTAVA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 22 June: Infraoctava del Corpus Christi.
LA VICTORIA DE ACENTEJO.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 4 September: Fiesta of the municipality's patron.
LOS REALEJOS.
- 3 May: Exaltación of the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).
- 31 July: Fiestas del Carmen.
LOS SILOS.
- 24 June: Festivity of San Juan.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Luz.
PUERTO DE LA CRUZ.
- 3 May: Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz y Conmemoración de la Fundación de la Ciudad (Exhaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Founding of the City).
- 11 July: Festivity of the Virgen del Carmen.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LA LAGUNA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 14 September: Fiesta of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.
SAN JUAN DE LA RAMBLA.
- 24 June: Fiesta of San Juan Bautista.
- 11 September: Fiesta of San José.
SAN MIGUEL DE ABONA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 29 September: Festivity of San Miguel Arcángel.
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 3 May: Día de la Cruz (Fiesta fundacional).
SANTA ÚRSULA.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 21 October: Día de Santa Úrsula, Patrona del Municipio.
SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE.
- 25 July: Festivity of Santiago Apóstol.
- 26 July: Festivity of Santa Ana.
TACORONTE.
- 28 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 25 November: Festivity of Santa Catalina.
TEGUESTE.
- 25 April: Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.
VILAFLOR.
- 24 April: Festivity of Hermano Pedro.
- 28 August: Festivity of San Roque y San Agustín.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in December 2016

A plethora of Christmas hams.

Every December begins with two National public holidays: on 6th December for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Day) and 8th December for Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception).

It's often customary for people to take additional days off and tack these on to the nearest weekend and take what's known as un puente (translates to bridge). With these holidays being on a Tuesday and Thursday this year, I wouldn't mind betting there will be equal numbers taking the weekend of 3rd and 4th as there are taking the 10th and 11th.

As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, Monday, 26th December will be a Public holiday in leiu. Boxing Day isn't a tradition or holiday in Spain or the Canaries.

There are no municipal public holidays in December.

If you're looking for something typically and traditionally local to see during December - apart from all the ususal Tenerife Christmas traditions - on Christmas Eve, 24th December, after the end of the Misa del Gallo (Midnight Mass), in La Matanza de Acentejo and in Taganana, the Baile del Niño is performed as part of the Fiestas del Niño.

Groups of eight in the Santa Cruz district of Taganana and twenty-two in La Matanza; young men dressed in traditional costumes, dressed as shepherds wearing a white shirt, black pants and red sash, perform a dance in procession in front of the newborn inside the church. They are accompanied by drum, flute, tambourine, castanets and tambourine.

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