Friday, May 15, 2015

Something for the weekend: 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 farmworker 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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