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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in September 2016

Plaza del Adelantado. San Cristobal de La Laguna. Tenerife

There are no national public holidays in September, but the following Municipal Public Holidays occur in the month where offices and shops close in the individual districts:

- 5 September: Fiesta of the municipality's patron in La Victoria de Acentejo.
- 7 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Socorro in Güímar.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Los Silos.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Abona in Arico.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Tegueste. 
- 12 September: Fiesta of San José in San Juan de la Rambla.
- 14 September: Fiesta of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna in San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
- 19 September: Celebration of the Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte in Guía de Isora.

Amongst the numerous celebrations taking place during the month are the Fiestas del Cristo and the Festival del Drago in Icod de los Vinos; on 7th September there's the Romería Bajada del Socorro in Güímar; the Fiestas patronales en honor a la Virgen de La Luz de la Villa de Los Silos the biggest day of which is on 8th September; whilst on 17th September there's the Romería en Honor a San José in San Juan de La Rambla.

Meanwhile the annual in the village and valley of El Palmar in Buenavista Del Norte take place between 16th and 25th September, the final Sunday being the Day of Traditions with la trilla (threshing). Before that, from around 8pm on Saturday, 17th September, is the Baile de Las Libreas - a very curious satirical piece involving cross dressing, sarcastic gestures and Dusty Bin's Canarian Cousin showering the crowd with fireworks attached to his back. Honestly, unmissable.



Baile De Las Libreas - El Palmar - Buenavista Del Norte

But the biggest events of the month are the Fiestas in Honour of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna (Holy Christ of La Laguna) in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which begin on September 1st. You can download the entire program of events (PDF) that runs to 60 pages (via).

There are many religious events, classical music concerts, Canarian folklore and much more to enjoy, but some of the main ones I'd pick to go to are:

From around 8pm on Tuesday, 13th September from the Plaza de la Concepción, is the Caballitos de Fuegos y pandorgas (chariots of fire parade with giants and floats), followed, from around 9:30pm, by a Noche de las Tradiciones (Night of Traditions) in the Plaza del Cristo, culminating in fireworks from the Montaña de San Roque at midnight.

On Wednesday, 14th September from 11pm there are the now famous fuegos del Risco y la traca - traditional noisy firework display and the arrival of the image of the Holy Christ to the square after a procession through the streets of the city.

And on Friday, 16th September in the Plaza del Cristo is the FESTIVAL CANARIAS REGGAE.

Fiestas del Cristo 2016

Image: Miguel Ángel García.
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