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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.  

Monday, March 06, 2017

Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2018

The biggest party of Tenerife's year in 2018 starts here!

That's it again for carnival for another year in the island's capital and the north of Tenerife and before it moves off to the south of the island, here, for the serious forward planners amongst you, are the expected dates for Tenerife carnival in 2018.

Santa Cruz

  • Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 - Election of the Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, February 9th, 2018 - Carnaval Opening Parade
  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 - Main Parade
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, February 18th, 2018 - Parade of Vintage Cars

Puerto de la Cruz
  • Thursday, February 8th, 2018 - Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 - Men´s Marathon in High Heels
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - Main Parade

Güímar 

  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 - Las Burras de Güímar

Los Gigantes

Using the any year schedule for Los Gigantes carnival, we calculate that their carnival should start on Friday, 23rd February 2018, with their main parade being held on Sunday, 25th February 2018. Whether it will all be held on the one weekend, or split into two, as in 2017, we cannot speculate, but will update when we get any information. 

 Los Cristianos  

As ever, we won't even guess when Los Cristianos carnival will be held in 2018. We will update when any information becomes available from the authorities in Arona.

All dates are liable to change beyond our control.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Parade of Vintage and Classic Cars Santa Cruz de Tenerife



On the morning of Sunday, 5th March 2017, in Santa Cruz are the exhibitions of Classic and Vintage Cars on the final Sunday of Carnaval. The Automóviles Antiguos (Vintage Cars) gather in and around the Parque García Sanabria and then parade around the city from mid-day. For the last couple of years there has also been an Exposición de Coches Clásicos (Exhibition of Classic Cars) in the Avenida Marítima, alongside the Plaza de España.

EL CARNAVAL DE SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE CON LOS CLASICOS 2016
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