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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Burial of the Sardine, Ash Wednesday, February 10th



Ash Wednesday in Santa Cruz and in Puerto de la Cruz, you can join in with the ceremonies of the Burial of the Sardine (even though it's cremated), where wailing widows (who are mostly men) mourn the end of carnival, even though it still carries on for days.

It's a huge vicars and tarts party, with much more blasphemy and lots more dildos!

In Santa Cruz, the the funeral procession leaves from the Calle Juan Pablo II at around 9 pm, taking a route through Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending up in the Plaza de España, with the burning of the sardine in the Avenida Marítima.

Entierro de la Sardina · Carnaval 2014 · Santa Cruz de 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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