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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Size Doesn't Matter, but Dates do with Fiestas on Tenerife

One way of spotting the difference between a bona-fide traditional event and one that might not have the same roots is to look at the dates any fiesta takes place. The truly traditional ones are generally chained to dates in the religious calender. These dates mean something. Carnival is a hedonistic blow out before the abstinence and spiritual purification of Lent. Take the date out of the equation and it loses its symbolism and just becomes a party or a colourful parade.

Size Doesn't Matter, but Dates do with Fiestas on 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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