Friday, June 12, 2015

Romería de San Isidro in La Orotava



After yesterday's Día de las Alfombras - the day that the streets are covered with carpets of flowers and plant material in celebration of Corpus Christi (see gallery of photos of this year's carpets) in La Orotava, this weekend will see the town enlivened by celebrations once again, for the Romería de San Isidro (video from 2013).

The San Isidro festivities - this year on Sunday, 14th June, 2015, have been celebrated in La Orotava ever since the second half of the 17th century. The fiestas have changed profoundly since then, from being a tribute by field hands to their Patron Saint, to come under the control of the local aristocracy. The festivities are now held in June and the most popular events are the livestock fair - which takes place on Saturday morning, 13th June, 2015 - and the popular pilgrimage (the Romería on Sunday.) Carts are pulled by oxen, people wear traditional country costume and the women of the town decorate their balconies and windows with carpets, table cloths and shawls.
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