Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Día de Canarias - Canaries Day

Kids Celebrating Canaries Day

May 30th, is Día de Canarias or Canary Islands Day, which is a holiday locally that celebrates "Canarianess" and remembers the anniversary of the first session of the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament, which took place on May 30th, 1983, when the Canary Islands gained greater powers of self-governance after the return to democracy in Spain. That parliamentary session took place ten months after the publication of the Estatuto de Autonomía (Statute of Autonomy) in August 1982, which had introduced the concept of a "Canarian nationality". The day is celebrated across the archipelago with concerts, native sports and plenty of popular folk activities, which makes it one of the occasions, as well as the traditional folk festivals, romerías, that provide an excuse to dress up in the "traje de mago" typical Canary Islands costumes.

Each island has it's own costume, with slight variations in each municipality and the costumes, which cost several hundred euros to make to quite strict requirements, were actually invented in recent times and rescued from oblivion in the 1970s and 80s, based on the form of dress of the campesinos (country folk) of the islands in antiquity.

Read more about Día de Canarias celebrations (in Spanish).