Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Day of Traditions in El Palmar

Building of the Carbonera

Sunday's Day of Traditions or Día de la Trilla, was the last of 10 days of fiestas in the village of El Palmar. Building of the Carbonera - that smoking heap of charcoal producing earth and foliage - was business as usual and, I can't help laughing that - typically for the Canaries - it took, by my count, 10 blokes to do so, six of whom were merely "observers". The bit you don't see in the photo was that it also required an entire bottle of wine shared between the workers, local, obviously, poured from a recycled whiskey bottle!

Then there was the threshing, the free food and the rest of the afternoon people spent dancing in the open air next to the market building. Even in the early evening, I could still hear the band playing. Personally, after trying to cover even just the major events from the 10 days that the fiestas lasted, I had loads of fun, but I'm also knackered! The local people were brilliant, answering all my "stupid" questions over why various things are done.

You may not come to El Palmar's fiestas, however, all towns and villages on these islands have their own version of fiestas like this - with a similar lineup of events - so that, if you do come across a fiesta in progress, or make a trip to see one, I hope this series will give you some better insight into what's going on to be able to enjoy it and participate.

Old farming implements on a pivi

Threshing

Ox drivers start young

There is such thing as a free lunch

Afternoon knees up

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