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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in November 2016

Sparkling clear November sunlight.

A little late with this, but the month of November, started with a National Public Holiday on the 1st for Todos los Santos/All Saints Day. The Dia de todos los Santos is celebrated each year as a ritual holiday of remembrance and honor of deceased relatives.

"Observed nationwide, many families, especially those of the older generations who are more akin to following traditions, gather in the cemeteries to regale their deceased loved ones with a visit as a reminder that they are not forgotten. Some even visit a few days prior to November 1st to clean the graves and have them ready for the big day. The traditional thing to do on November 1st is to purchase flowers, especially chrysanthemums and present them as gifts to their loved ones. It is the day of the year when the most flowers are sold, and the cemeteries are filled with colour from every type of flower imaginable."

All Saints' Day in Spain

The only Municipal Public Holiday in Tenerife in November is on the 25 November: the Festivity of Santa Catalina in Tacoronte.

The biggest celebration in November is for San Andrés on 29 November - the Eve of Saint Andrew's Day - most notably in Icod de los Vinos with the Tablas de San Andrés (see video) or read the explanation in Riding the Boards for San Andrés in Icod de Los Vinos, while Puerto de la Cruz has it's Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña - basially Scrap Metal and Chestnut Festival, which is all made clear in Chestnuts, Wine and Sleds for San Andrés.

The Fiesta of San Andrés in 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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