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Friday, May 01, 2015

Something for the weekend: Crosses and Fireworks



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  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.

You can read more here - with lots of photos & videos - about the Das größte Feuerwerk auf den kanarischen Inseln (in German).

This year's display is to be transmitted live via www.losrealejos.travel

Fiestas de Mayo 2015 de Los Realejos

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