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Monday, December 11, 2017

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Christmas Schedule 2017-2018

Our Lady of Africa Market facade in Santa Cruz decorated for Christmas

From the website Fiestas Santa Cruz you can download this year's Christmas Schedule for the city in English. It contains listings of all the festive activities including markets, concerts, recitals, carol singing, nativities and more along with lots of lovely photos.

Download: CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2017-2018 (PDF).

Image: Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This Christmas in Tenerife visit the fascinating nativity displays

A scene from a Belén a Christmas tradition in Tenerife.

In the run up to Christmas in Tenerife, make some time to visit some of the holy model villages known as a belén, which is the Spanish name for Bethlehem, even though, much of the time Jesus, Mary and the rest of the holy family will have been transported to a local area of the Canary Islands. Full marks for making it relevant, I suppose. There are private ones and routes of them to go around and there are ones in every town hall, many public buildings, as well as shopping malls and stores. Some are model sized, such as this one modelling the Plaza de la Constitución in La Orotava. Others are life sized, as is this one constructed each year in the square in front of the town hall in La Orotava.



The Belen, A Christmas Tradition on Tenerife
On the Belen Trail in La Orotava

Friday, December 08, 2017

Santa Cruz de Tenerife illuminated for Christmas



In homes, it's traditional to put up Christmas decorations on the weekend nearest to 8th December. Of course, commercialism has brought them to the high street much earlier, but when the lights are as magical as these in the city of Santa Cruz, who's complaining?

Santa Cruz de Tenerife ilumina la Navidad


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Icod de los Vinos

Buildings around the Plaza de la Pila in Icod de los Vinos


San Antonio Abad, 17 January in El Amparo
San Sebastián, 20 January, patron of the Local Police
Carnaval, January / February
Semana Santa, Holy Week, March / April
San Marcos Evangelista, 25 April
Cruz del Molino, 3 May in La Centinela
Santa Cruz and San Salvador, 3 May in Cruz del Camino
San Felipe Neri, 26 May in San Felipe
San Bernabé, 11 June in La Vega
San Antonio de Padua, 13 Jun in San Antonio
San Isidro Labrador, 15 June in La Mancha
San Juan Bautista, 23 June in Las Canales, El Amparo and Playa San Marcos
Virgen del Socorro, 27 June in Las Cañas
San Pedro y San Pablo, 29 June in Redondo
San Fermín, 7 July in Hoya Ana Díaz
Virgen de Fátima, 1st week of July in Cruz del Tronco and La Florida.
Virgen del Carmen, 17 July in Llanito Perera, Playa de San Marcos and Las Abiertas
Santa Ana, Santiago Apóstol and Virgen de la O, 22-26 July in Buen Paso
Virgen del Amparo, 5 August in El Amparo, with romería starting in the centre of the town
Santa Bárbara, last Sunday of August in Santa Bárbara
Virgen de las Angustias, 14 September in Las Angustias
Santísimo Cristo del Calvario, last Sunday of September in the center of the town
Virgen del Rosario, 7 October in Los Piquetes
Virgen del Pilar, 12 October in Las Lajas
San Nicolás y Virgen del Rosario, 23 October in La Vega
Octava del Cristo, last Sunday of October in El Calvario
San Andrés Apóstol. 29-30 November
Santa Bárbara, 4 December in Santa Bárbara
Santa Lucía, 13 December in Las Canales
Virgen de la O, 18 December in Buen Paso

Monday, December 04, 2017

Tenerife towns fill with poinsettias for Christmas

Flor de pascua, the very festive poinsettia blooms wild in Tenerife at this time of year.

Every town and village will be decorated and parks, squares and verges planted with a plethora of bright and festive Flor de pascua (poinsettia) plants. In this video from 2012, it's mentioned that 45,000 of them are planted in the city of Santa Cruz alone and school kids from all over the island grow the seedlings and help with planting. Unfortunately, the plants are so attractive, that people steal them from the displays and in an effort to deter them, the plants are now planted directly in the soil and not in easy to carry off plant pots.





Friday, December 01, 2017

Tenerife Municipal Public Holidays in 2018

Fiesta de la Cruz. Los Realejos. 2010

As well as the national, regional and island-wide public holidays for 2018, here is a list of local public holidays for next year in the thirty-one municipalities of Tenerife. Each individual municipality has these additional two holidays when town halls and businesses in that location will be closed and often the local main fiestas there are celebrated.

ADEJE.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
15 October: Festival of Santa Úrsula.
ARAFO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
27 August: Festival of San Bernardo.
ARONA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
8 October: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de la Salud.
ARICO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
8 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora de Abona.
BUENAVISTA DEL NORTE.
24 August: Festival of San Bartolomé.
25 October: Festival of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios.
CANDELARIA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
26 July: Festival of Santa Ana.
EL ROSARIO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
6 August: Festival of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza, Monday after the first Sunday in August.
EL SAUZAL.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
29 June: Festival of San Pedro Apóstol.
EL TANQUE.
31 August: Festival of Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje.
22 October: Festival of Santísimo Cristo del Calvario.
FASNIA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
20 August: Fiestas for the town’s patron.
GARACHICO.
26 July: Festival of Santa Ana.
16 August: Festival of San Roque.
GRANADILLA DE ABONA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
13 June: Festival of San Antonio de Padua.
GUÍA DE ISORA.
25 June: Festival of San Juan Bautista.
17 September: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte.
GÜÍMAR.
29 June: Festival of San Pedro Apóstol.
7 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora del Socorro.
ICOD DE LOS VINOS.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
25 April: Festival of San Marcos Evangelista.
LA GUANCHA.
18 January: Festival of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza.
20 August: Monday of the Fiestas for the town’s patron.
LA MATANZA DE ACENTEJO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
6 August: Fiestas for the town’s patron.
LA OROTAVA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
7 June: 8th Day of Corpus Christi.
LA VICTORIA DE ACENTEJO.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
3 September: Fiestas for the town’s patron.
LOS REALEJOS.
22 January: Festival of San Vicente.
3 May: Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
LOS SILOS.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
8 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora de la Luz.
PUERTO DE LA CRUZ.
3 May: Fiesta of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Foundation of the City.
10 July: Festival of the Virgen del Carmen.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LA LAGUNA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
14 September: Festival of Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.
SAN JUAN DE LA RAMBLA.
24 June: Festival of San Juan Bautista.
10 September: Festival of San José.
SAN MIGUEL DE ABONA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
29 September: Festival of San Miguel Arcángel.
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
3 May: Festival of the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).
SANTA ÚRSULA.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
22 October: Festival of Santa Úrsula.
SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE.
16 July: Festival of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
25 July: Festival of Santiago Apóstol.
TACORONTE.
13 February: Carnival Tuesday.
26 November: Festival of Santa Catalina.
TEGUESTE.
25 April: Festival of San Marcos Evangelista.
8 September: Festival of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.
VILAFLOR DE CHASNA.
23 April: Festival of Santo Hermano Pedro.
27 August: Festival of San Agustín and San Roque.

Fiestas Locales para el año 2018

Image: by Jose Mesa from island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Fiesta de la Cruz. Los Realejos. 2010. 242P1510842) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Exhibition of Nativity Scenes in Puerto de la Cruz 2017



There's an exhibition of seven belenes - nativity scenes - on display from 1 December 2017 until 7 January 2018 at the Casa Ventoso (Old Augustine College) in the Plaza Concejil in Puerto de la Cruz. The exhibition is open all of those days, except 25 December and 1 January, from 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 8pm. On 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, the exhibition will be open from 4pm to 8pm only. On 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30 December at 8pm, there will be various folklore or Christmas performances.



Tenerife Fiestas in December 2017

Along with the countdown to Christmas, comes the excited wait to see if there will be snow on Teide.

December begins with two National public holidays: on Wed, 6th December for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Day) and Fri, 8th December for Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception). I'm sure many people will take the day off on Thusday, 7th too and take what's known as un puente (translates to bridge) or short break.

Naturally, most of December's events are to do with Christmas.

The holiday period always kicks off proper with El Gordo (The Fat One), the Spanish Christmas Lottery, which is drawn on 22nd December each year, with kids singing out the results during a five-hour televised spectacular that is eagerly awaited. Very festive.

Christmas Day, Monday, 25th December 2017 will be a Public holiday. For Canarians, this is often recovery day after a big family gathering on Christmas Eve that involved a whole barbequed goat kid and lots of turrón and other traditional Christmas sweets.

Boxing Day isn't a tradition nor holiday in Spain or the Canaries.

There are no municipal public holidays in December.

On 28th December, beware of El Día de Los Santos Inocentes (Day of the Innocent Saints), the Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day. The press will publish even more fake news than usual. One of our favourites was Viking Ship Discovered on Las Teresitas.

And that, of course, brings us to the end of the year and New Year's Eve.

Photo By Jens Steckert (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Las Tablas de Icod de los Vinos



Tonight on the Eve of San Andrés (Saint Andrew's Day), November 29, as is traditional for these autumnal dates; chestnuts, salted fish, accompanied by the new wine of the region and the huge pileup that is the Las Tablas of Icod de los Vinos.

Las Tablas de Icod de los Vinos 2016

Monday, November 27, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in Güímar

Danza de Cintas de San Pedro Abajo, Güímar. Photo by Jose Mesa Some rights reserved 

By no means a fully comprehensive list, but fiestas celebrated in the municipality of Güímar, include the following events.

Romería de San Antonio Abad: January
Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima: May
Fiesta del gofio: 29 May
San Pedro Apóstol: June
Bajada de Nuestra Señora de El Socorro and Romería del Socorro 7-8 September, thought to be the oldest romería the Canary Islands


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