Thursday, March 01, 2007

Carnaval in Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Carnaval Parade in Buenavista del Norte

Los Cristianos is not the only place holding it's carnaval this week. While the tiny hamlet of Teno Alto, which comes under the municipality of Buenavista, held it's annual carnaval event, the Baile de la Piñata, last Saturday, February 24th, this week also there are carnaval events going on in the town of Buenavista del Norte itself.

There was a infant carnival festival, yesterday, February 28th, in the town center's municipal cine-theatre and there was a parade of kids in costume tonight.

Slated as this year's novelty is an exhibition of "matar la culebra" that will take place tomorrow night, Friday, March 2nd, in the Plaza de Los Remedios. We're intrigued.

Translated literally, it means "to kill the snake", but betting that this "ancestral Canarian tradition with a marked Afro-Cuban origin" had nothing whatsoever to do with slimy serpents, we discover that this is a dance. After the snake has been done in (figuratively), from 8 p.m., are performances by a folklore group from the University of La Laguna, a visiting group from El Golfo on the island of El Hierro and by murga group, Los que son son. The night itself will be finished off with dancing to local orchestra, La Caprichosa.

Prior to these events, from 5 p.m., the carnaval's main parade takes place in the main streets, in which pupils from all of the schools in the area will be taking part.

But, without doubt, says the press release, one of the most popular events of the carnaval in Buenavista del Norte, is the "Burial of the Sardine", which takes place on Saturday, March 3rd, from 8 p.m. onwards from the Plaza de San Sebastián. The "inconsolable" widows and widowers will gather there to accompany the defunct sardine through every moment as the funeral retinue passes through the main streets of the town until it arrives in the central, Plaza de Los Remedios, where it will be finally cremated. R.I.P.

Sardine effigy at Buenavists