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Friday, May 29, 2015

Día de Canarias - Canary Islands Day

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This Saturday, 30th May 2015, the islands celebrate Día de Canarias (Canaries Day), an annual event that commemorates the anniversary of first session of the Canarian Parliament, which took place on this date in 1983. The day is a great opportunity to experience the islands' traditions.

There will be all sorts of events taking place all over the islands, but to cherry-pick just a few examples:

In the Plaza del Llano in Alcalá, there will be a traditional festival with music, dancing and lots of colourful typical costumes to be seen. From 10am until 6pm, there'll be a crafts fair in the plaza with 24 stalls offering gastronomy and traditions of the area, among them pastry, bakery, liquor, soap, cheese, raffia, straw, toys, dolls (rag dolls), honey, etc.

Then move up to the Plaza Pública in Santiago del Teide, where there's another crafts fair taking place from 10am to 8pm and various performances taking place from 4.30 pm.

Over in the north, in Los Realejos, they're celebrating Canaries Day with a livestock fair including ox driving. Throughout the morning there will be exhibitions of cattle and goats, with a demonstration of milking, dog shows, pigeon exhibition with release of doves and an exhibition of canaries (birds).

Los Realejos also has it's Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de la Cabezaon Sunday, 31st May, 2015, in which many traditional folk groups are also taking part.

Photo By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Canaries, Tenerife and municipal election results 2015

After yesterday’s elections, the nationalist Coalición Canaria party continues in power in the regional Government, but only just! The CC won 17 seats with the PSOE (socialists) very close behind with 16, the PP (conservatives) with 12, and Podemos – the new Spanish indignado force – 7, better than anyone might have expected.

Canaries, Tenerife and municipal election results 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Africa Day

Calle La Noria

This Saturday, 23rd May, there will be various activities for kids taking place in Calle de la Noria in Santa Cruz, in the patio of the El Bulan restaurant, including storytelling, dance and performances.

Entrance is just 3 Euros and all funds will be going to the Emalaikat Andode Foundation (Ethiopia). 


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador in Arguayo

Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador in Arguayo

The season of summer fiestas is hotting up and this weekend sees those in honour of San Isidro Labrador (Isidore the Laborer) also known as Isidore the Farmer. The Spanish word labrador means someone who works the land, not a worker in general, which in Spanish would be obrero, or trabajador. His real name was Isidro de Merlo y Quintana. (c. 1070 – 15 May 1130), who was a Spanish farm worker known for his piety toward the poor and animals. He's the patron saint of farmers and his feast day is celebrated on 15th May. [Wikipedia]

Fiestas for San Isidro take place in Granadilla, San Isidro (hardly surprisingly), Valle de San Lorenzo, Las Mercedes, Valle Guerra, Los Realejos and in Arguayo a delightful village in the mountains above Santiago del Teide, which is only a short hop from Los Gigantes and very accessible from the resorts of the south of the island.

Among the fiesta's numerous events, will be the traditional romeria procession to be held on Sunday 17th May, from 12:30 hours, with many ox carts and local folk groups participating. Afterwards will be a street party / open air dance with a couple of local salsa orchestras. Expect lots of wine, food, music and fun.

Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador en Arguayo

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Day of Traditions in Granadilla de Abona

Arrastre de Ganado, Día de las Tradiciones en Granadilla de Abona

This Saturday, 9th May 2015 come along and enjoy a Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions) in Granadilla de Abona, which takes place at the Terrero de lucha (Canarian Wrestling "fighting ground") in San Isidro.

Organized by the Department of Culture, the Day of Traditions provides a representative sample of local culture with; exhibition of animals, cattle driving, crafts, games and native sports, finishing with a tasting of Canarian products.

The day's activities begin at 10 am.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Tenerife Patchwork Fair in La Laguna

Convento de Santo Domingo, La Laguna

This weekend, from Friday, 8th May to Sunday, 10th May 2015, the first Tenerife Patchwork Fair takes place in the Plaza del Adelantado and the Convento de Santo Domingo in La Laguna and includes an exhibition of works, workshops and informative talks on patchwork aimed at the general public, presenting the latest developments in the sector.

The exhibition will open in the former convent of Santo Domingo from this Friday, May 8th, from 11 am to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 hours, while Saturday the visiting hours will be from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 hours and Sunday, 10:00 to 13:00 hours. Several rooms and the cloister will host a major exhibition of works of patchwork.

At the same time, the fair will be located in the Plaza del Adelantado, where a dozen stores from Tenerife and other parts of the archipelago will show their work and materials, while offering workshops and lectures. The hours of the fair in the Plaza del Adelantado will be on Saturday from 10:00-19:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00-14:00 hours. 

Image: Koppchen [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Arico Honey Walk Sunday, 10th May 2015

Cripta de La Cruz (Arico viejo) 

This Sunday, 10th May 2015, the X Ruta de la Miel de Arico (10th Honey Walk) takes place in Arico on the south east of Tenerife.

In collaboration with beekeepers from across the island, Arico shows off it's mountainous landscapes where this traditional activity is part of it's natural and cultural heritage. Honey has been a part of the diet of ariqueros and canarios in general since ancient times and every year hundreds of visitors participate in this walk that combines nature, culture and sweetens the palate.

The FREE guided walk starts from the former cinema of La Degollada in Arico Viejo at 08:30 hrs. The route covers around 9.5 kms, with a change in level of between 400 to 900 meters above sea level. It's described as being of very high difficulty. Only over 16s permitted.


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Friday, May 01, 2015

Crosses and Fireworks for Día de la Cruz



This weekend, on May 3rd, Día de la Cruz – Day of the Cross, is celebrated throughout Tenerife with the biggest fiestas in Santa Cruz and Los Realejos and where crosses are decorated in many towns, perhaps most notably in Santa Cruz,  Güimar and Puerto de La Cruz.
"In Tenerife the holiday has an additional meaning, as the date coincides with the founding of the city Santa Cruz in 1494. In this year, on May 3, the then Governor Fernandez de Lugo erected a wooden cross during a ceremony on the beach of Santa Cruz in order to officially establish the emerging metropolis.", explain Tenerife Guide.
For certain though, "the biggest bang for your buck" will be the fireworks battle in Los Realejos, held on the night of May 3rd. Battle has been fought between the streets of El Sol and El Medio since around 1770 and today this translates to a three hour firework display - one of the largest in Europe - that uses three tonnes of gunpowder as one side tries to outdo the other. 

On 30th March 2015, the Spanish Tourism Ministry declared these "Cruces y Fuegos de Mayo" in Los Realejos to be of national tourist interest.

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