Friday, November 27, 2015

Something for the weekend: Tablas and Chestnuts



As every year, on the eve - 29th November - of San Andrés (St. Andrew's Day, which is on 30th November), Tenerife - which shares the St Andrew's Cross or Saltire as it's flag with Scotland - celebrates the event in its own inimitable style.

As much has been written about these events before, I won't reiterate all the detail, but in Icod de los Vinos, you really should see the The Arrastre de las Tablas, which Jack Montgomery describes, "this involves local lads and girls sitting on wooden and metal sleds and launching themselves down nose-bleed steep streets". The Safety Elf will have been banned from the town for a couple of days, while this happens on both the 29th and 30th November.

Las Tablas de San Andrés event has it's own website here. And, here you can read more about the origins of the tablas (in Spanish).

Meanwhile on the evening of 29th November, in Puerto de la Cruz' central Plaza del Charco, you might prefer to watch, and certainly won't be able to avoid hearing, the fiesta del cacharro y la castaña (the pot and the chestnut); "children dragging metal objects of all sizes through the streets to emulate wine barrels being dragged over the cobbles", whilst eating a poke of castañas (chestnuts).

Chestnuts, Wine and Sleds for San Andrés on Tenerife

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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