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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween in the Canary Islands

Halloween on the Islands of the Dogs?

This article says that "the streets of the islands see more and more children each year in costumes of horrible witches, ghosts, monsters, black cats, vampires with sharpened teeth and widows with huge wigs ... with blood stained clothes, drawings of spiders' webs, lips and nails painted black. The dear little children of the Canary Islands become a part of the dismal antithesis of the colorful and fun Carnaval. They don't have much idea of why they are celebrating it, but by the look and the result, it can't be anything good."

I'll spare you the history, but for those who may not know, the opinion is that it is just a commercial event. Well, it is, isn't it? And, worse that it really is becoming linked to the occult, death and truly sinister things. Meanwhile, this article in Canarias 7 describes how the Irish bars in the south of Gran Canaria are preparing to celebrate this Anglo-Saxon tradition. No doubt, those in the south of Tenerife will be doing likewise.

Here, although Halloween is a relatively new arrival, November 1st is celebrated as the Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day), when it's customary to visit the tombs of one's departed, clean up a bit and replace the flowers.

Por qué no a 'Halloween'