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Monday, May 18, 2015

Traditional romerias in Tenerife

It doesn’t much matter what the origins of a romeria are, whether they’re pre-Christian, pagan, or Catholic – certainly they are always now associated with a saint – what actually matters is that they are an occasion for a town to come together to share traditions: religion, music, dance … and food! “Platitos” are handed out liberally, and walking along the street one can find a “little plate” of carne fiesta with hard boiled egg, papas arrugadas with mojo, a bread roll, and, of course, a cup of wine, thrust into your hand, all provided throughout the summer by the ayuntamiento of whichever borough’s saint is enjoying its seasonal romeria.

Traditional romerias in Tenerife


Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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