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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Public Holidays in Tenerife in 2011

2011

The Government of the Canary Islands has approved the following list of the Public Holidays in the Canary Islands for 2011:

  • 1 January, Año Nuevo / New Year
  • 6 January, Epifanía del Señor / Epiphany
  • 2 FebruaryVirgen de la Candelaria / Candlemas
  • 21 April, Jueves Santo / Holy Thursday
  • 22 April, Viernes Santo / Good Friday
  • 30 May, Día de Canarias / Canaries Day
  • 15 August, Asunción de la Virgen / Assumption
  • 12 October, Fiesta Nacional de España / Spanish National Holiday
  • 1 November, Todos los Santos / All Saints
  • 6 December, Día de la Constitución Española / Day of the Spanish Constitution
  • 8 December, Inmaculada Concepción / Immaculate Conception
  • 26 December, Natividad del Señor / Day in lieu of Christmas Day

The two peculiarities in this list are that because Fiesta del Trabajo / Labour Day, May 1st falls on a Sunday, the day in lieu, rather than the next day, has been given as May 30th, for Día de Canarias / Canaries Day instead. Likewise, as Christmas Day in 2011 will also fall on a Sunday, December 26th has been given as a day in lieu. (Boxing Day isn’t a holiday in Spain.) There’s a legal right to days off on public holidays in Spain (there's no such right in Britain), however, you should note that the official working week in Spain consists of 6 days, Monday to Saturday, inclusive. To make up the 14 days public holidays decreed by law, two additional days are added that are specific to each municipal council area.

Husband by the hour in Tenerife

We’ve a feeling that there may be a few restrictions to the type of duties that are available for hire (or not), but nevertheless, we applaud the resourcefulness of one unemployed man in the south of Tenerife.

José Antonio Martín is a lorry driver, who, back in July, became unemployed, at which time he started to advertise himself as a “husband by the hour”, an original idea that has allowed him to make enough money to get by.

He advertises his services in various shops in his neighbourhood, which is how his neighbours know about his services when they need to do some small repairs around the house.

At economical prices and on any day of the week, José Antonio has ensured that the crisis hasn’t been an impediment for him by carrying out whatever domestic labours that present a difficulty for others because of lack of time, etc.

Of course, we’d usually call him a handyman, but “husband by the hour” is a much more fun and memorable description to market himself with.

Via RTVC

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tenerife in December

Flor de Pascua

Flor de Pascua

The Flor de Pascua, or poinsettia, is an essential part of Christmas in the Canary Islands and they grow wild, mostly on the northern slopes of the island and are also grown by the various town councils and planted out in their thousands to decorate public roads, parks and squares throughout the festive season. This particular specimen was captured at the (now closed) Castle Museum Park in Los Realejos.

Tenerife Weather in December

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.

December Averages Tenerife UK
Daily hours of sunshine 5.5 1.4
Daytime temperature C 18.7 7.4
Sea temperature C 20 -
Days with rain 5 13.1
In December, you should enjoy an average of 5.5 daily hours of sunshine in Tenerife (in contrast to an optimistic 1.4 hours in England). The average daytime temperature in December in Tenerife is listed as 18.7 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 equivalent in England, given as a maximum of 7.4 degrees centigrade.

The sea temperature in Tenerife in December averages at 20C.

Although there are an average of 5 days with rain in December, this means any amount of rain from a short sharp shower. Better than the 13.1 days in the UK.

Tenerife Fiestas in December

The month starts with two fiestas, the Día de la Constitución Española / Day of the Spanish Constitution on December 6th and the Inmaculada Concepción / Immaculate Conception on December 8th. These are both Public Holidays and are usually joined up and tacked onto the nearest weekend and taken as an early December break. It’s also customary to put up Christmas decorations – at least in homes – on December 8th, or the closest weekend to it.

December 22nd is a very important date throughout Spain, being the date of the annual Christmas Lottery, the largest in the world, El Gordo.

Christmas, of course, falls in December, being celebrated, traditionally in Tenerife, on Christmas Eve, December 24th with a family meal and get together, although this is not typically when the gifts are given. That waits until January.

December 28th, the Day of the Innocent Saints is the Spanish equivalent to “April Fools Day” and, that brings us right round to New Years Eve.

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