Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Cremation of Sardines

Sardina portuense - Carnaval Tenerife 2007

It’s always called the Burial of the Sardine, even though the effigy is actually cremated and, this event will be taking place simultaneously tonight in both Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz, where this image was taken. The curious tradition, which signifies the end of the carnival celebrations and excesses and the arrival of lent, as well as a return to ordinary, everyday things (like eating sardines).

Photo: By Alejandro Amador

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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