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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2010

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2010 Alicia San Juan McNulty

The Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2010 was crowned at last night's gala. Alicia San Juan McNulty, in a costume entitled, "En el País de las Maravillas" (In Wonderland) - her name is Alicia (Alice), after all - designed by Leo Martínez and representing El Día.

Coronación Reina del Carnaval S/C de Tenerife 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Last look at 2009 Carnaval Queens

As tonight is the Gala de Elección de la Reina (Gala to Elect the Carnaval Queen) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, here's a last chance to have a look at all of the candidates from 2009Radio Televisión Canaria will be showing the gala.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Candlemas (Public Holiday in Tenerife)

Virgen de Candelaria
February 2nd, being Candlemas is a public holiday in Tenerife. Also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, Candlemas translates to Candelaria in Spanish, which is the name of the town where the Patroness of the Canary Islands - the Virgin of Candelaria (Virgen de Candelaria or Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria) is kept.

There is a program of events for the occasion, in Candelaria, with Eucharist and the blessing of the candles on the eve of the fiesta and mass followed by a civic procession on Tuesday itself.

Tenerife bus company, TITSA, are reinforcing their services by putting on extra buses between Santa Cruz and La Laguna and Candelaria, so that people can attend the fiestas. (They do this for almost every event, unlike the UK, where public transport becomes rarer than rocking horse poo on Bank Holidays!)

The festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria is also celebrated various parts of South America; in Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela. In Bolivia, the Virgen is also known as the Dark Virgin of the Lake, and the Patroness Of Bolivia. And in San Antonio, Texas in the US, there is an image of the Virgen de Candelaria, probably because that city was founded by people from the Canary Islands.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Tenerife in February

Almond Blossom
Almond Blossom

Almond Blossom

There's a good reason why they call Tenerife "The Island of Eternal Spring". This photo was taken at the end of January, long before blossoms arrive elsewhere in the world. The late January / early February too is when the annual Ruta: Almendros en flor (Almond Flower Route) - Santiago del Teide - Arguayo - a guided walk through the upper valley where the almond groves abound, takes place, but you can still go it alone to see them for yourself.

Tenerife Weather in February

Tenerife features the lowest temperature 'difference' between summer and winter for anywhere in the world. The minimum and maximum annual average air temperatures in Tenerife are about 15C in winter and 24C in summer.

February Averages Tenerife UK
Daily hours of sunshine 6.6 2.4
Daytime temperature C 17.9 6.9
Sea temperature C 18 -
Days with rain 5 10.4
In February, you should enjoy an average of 6.6 daily hours of sunshine in Tenerife (in contrast to an optimistic 2.4 hours in England).
The average daytime temperature in February in Tenerife is listed as 17.9 degrees centigrade. This is, of course, an average for the entire island. And, no matter where you are on the island, it is sure to be better than the English equivalent, given as a maximum of 6.9 degrees centigrade.

The sea temperature in Tenerife in February averages at 18C.

Although there are an average of 5 days with rain in February, this means any amount of rain from a short sharp shower. Better than the 10.4 days in the UK.

Tenerife Fiestas in February

On February 1st, the Eve of Candlemass, if you haven’t already, you should take down your Christmas decorations. Decorations have to be left up past Twelfth Night in Spain, otherwise they’d be gone before the main event of the season on January 6th, but did you know that even in British culture: "The eve of Candlemas was the day on which Christmas decorations of greenery were removed from people’s homes and churches."

February 2nd Día de la Virgen de la Candelaria / Candlemas (The figure of the Virgin housed in Candelaria in Tenerife is the Patroness of the islands) is a public holiday on the island of Tenerife only. Banks and Public offices will be closed.

The annual Ruta de los Almendros en Flor (Almond Flower Route) in Santiago del Teide usually takes place in late January / early February. The exact date will depend on when the blossom is at it’s best, which depends on the whims of the weather.

Each year on February 15th, from 5 a.m. onwards, the doors of the Santa Catalina convent in La Laguna will be opened for the faithful and the curious to queue around the block for the chance to view the uncorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús (Sister Maria of Jesus) (1643 – 1731), popularly known as La Siervita.

More often than not, Carnaval in Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, takes place in the month of February, the main event of which, the Coso de Carnaval or Main Parade, is held on Shrove Tuesday. See: Tenerife Carnaval Dates 2008 – 2050.